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1997 Ford Expedition

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Great 97 SUV
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By Exp Fan
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1997 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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Bought in 99 with 24k and now have 154k. great vehicle with only normal maintenance until replaced ball joints recently. Great comfort and tons of space. Use as a small pickup sometimes when I need to haul something. Paint on roof though not visible from the ground has deteriorated but the rest of the paint is good especially for spending 4 years in Buffalo winters and the rest in WV.


Best Features

Size, comfort and 15 mpg good for a large SUV. 4.6L OK but probably would not be a good for towing


Worst Features

Tougher leather seats. 17" wheels std. Have 16 and 17 looks much better.


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By Family
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1997 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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Purchased my suv in 2003. Love it! I have only had one major problem with it when I blew the spark plug out of the head (kind of costly) but well worth it. Having a big family I will stick with my Expedition for as long as I can.. even with high gas prices it is still a very safe suv for my children.


Best Features

Love the room and the way it handles in all weather conditions..


Worst Features

Make third row more accessible and a little more room behind third row.


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Great truck!
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By misskayla
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1997 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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I love my truck. It's a smooth ride, comfortable/roomy. I brought it in 2004 and it came without a CD changer, but I installed one in there. Could do better on gas. Considering I drive state to state, it's approching 135,000 miles and I never had a problem with it beside changing my oil and I did replace the alternator a year ago.


Best Features

Size


Worst Features

Better gas mileage


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I enjoy my Expedition
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By Bob
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1997 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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Getting this out of the way, yes, the gas mileage is terrible. Everything else about the Expedition I love. It's great on the highway filled with kids and luggage. Very comfortable ride and plenty of room. I also enjoy riding high up it gives you better visibility of the road.


Best Features

Comfortable roomy interior


Worst Features

Designing an engine that has power plus better gas mileage.


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Good Truck
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By Bruce
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1997 Ford Expedition XLT 4dr SUV


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Bought the Expedition new in 1996, just after they came out; no major problems, but several recalls. The two problems I had included an engine oil leak, but Ford covered 75% of the repair; it seems there is a problem with the early 5.4L. There is a service bulletin on this. The other problem was the 4WD quit. A vacuum line had hit the manifold and melted, an easy fix once found. I have averaged 14.4 MPG so far, I record ever fill, so this is an accurate number. This includes a lot of trailer towing. Overall this has been a great vehicle.


Best Features

Great vehicle for over the road drives well and lots of room, handles trailers very well. Also works good in snow and off-road.


Worst Features

Trim pieces on the exterior around windows oxidize and don't clean up. Would like to be able to get a manual tranny.


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