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XLT SOHC V6
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By gounder
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1997 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

I am a college student and love my
Explorer. My dad bought it with
20,000 miles and drove it to 90,000.
I now drive it with 100,300 miles and
counting. It can haul my friends and
all our gear out to the beach or up to
the mountains. I have taken over
rocks, into mud, through water, and up
snow covered mountains. I keep on top
of the basic maintenance. My dad gave
me a AAA card but I have never had to
call them. It is a great SUV.


Best Features

Engine, 4x4, cargo room


Worst Features

Back seat a little tight, stock tires too small, 6x8 stock speakers make them very expensive to replace with quality products


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LEMON
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By whatalemon
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1997 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

what a lemon. will NEVER buy a ford
again. Bought used and in 4 yrs head
gaskets, stabilizer bar link, control
arm bushings, air conditioner, rear
window lock, driver door locks, driver
seat,and many other things all broke.
Called Ford and they DONT stand behind
their product. (yes it is out of
warranty but all this shouldn't be
breaking). only 60,000 miles. NEVER
AGAIN. BUYER BEWARE


Best Features

none


Worst Features

stand behind your product


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Its an old friend
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By Sgt
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1997 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV AWD


Review

Bought this vehicle used, and I have
put over 60000 miles on this old
friend. It has been a costly vehicle,
cost 400.oo for third brake light,
used even!!! Likes to eat brakes and
really loves gas, but has been a great
vehicle to drive, has never let me
down in the snow! You can't make this
vehicle slide in the snow. overall, I
love it.


Best Features

All wheel drive, has not let me down yet.


Worst Features

Better quality.


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Great SUV
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By meddac1
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1997 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV AWD


Review

I bought our EB V-8 AWD explorer brand
new and 7 years later at 85000 miles
she is still a great performer! THis
is our second EB had a 1994 that was
equally good but underpowered so traded
when the V-8 was available. I can't
believe all the other reviews. The
only problem I ever had was a computer
module went out that caused the engine
to run poorly and a power window switch
at 60K. I do my own maintenance and
used Mobil 1 ever since breakin and
changed the plugs out early as waiting
for 100K miles could be awhile. The
AWD performs great in the snow and does
much better than my 4X4 truck.


Best Features

V-8 performance and mileage is good at 18.5. Fit and finish, stereo and automatic temperature controls


Worst Features

Seats could be wider for better long drive comfort, put a tow hitch on it with towing package!


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By ftaggart
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1997 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV


Review

I have enjoyed my Explorer, so much I
plan to buy another one this yr. The
problems I have had were all minor &
easily corrected. The ONLY issue I had
that I could never fix was in cold, wet
wheather, the auto off feature for the
head lamps would engage & the only way
to correct it was to unhook the
battery. Ford repair could never fix
it, fortunatly it only happened maybe 3
or 4 times a year.


Best Features

I liked everything about it, excellent power, roomie interior, good controls and fine workmanship


Worst Features

Work on getting a hybrid model of Explorer out, poor milage expensive & wasteful. The Escape is too small to move large loads so its not an option.


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