1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: 1997 Eddie Bauer

1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (5.0L V8 AWD 4-speed Automatic)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
1997 Eddie Bauer
By Drained of money on


1997 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV AWD


Quality & design - terrible. Spend
>$2K/yr on repairs - thousands on
electrical repairs due to poor design:
fuel shutoff ran under floor
mats & shorted; engine wire harness
is in the wheel well, got wet &
shorted. Completely replaced A/C
unit & climate control system @ 60K,
seat adjusters broke, replaced EGR
valve 3x, transmision mounts went @
100K, mouldings around windows came out
& on & on. This has nothing to do w/ my
driving of the vehicle. I have a 14 y/o
Pontiac w/ 150K miles & never a repair.
Very disappointed. Looks great but has
been a mechanical nightmare. Complained
to Ford about these issues to no avail.
If on the fence, DON'T BUY ONE!

Best Features

NONE - The worst vehicle I've ever owned.

Worst Features

Get some engineers that have a clue on how to design an electrical system.
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