1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: 1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD

1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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XLT 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD
By bcbeachman on


1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Vehicle has been reliable and a
pleasure to own. No real problems
until after 50k miles, including of
course the Firestone tire debacle
which I think was blown out of
proportion. Only major problems have
been a leak in the air plenum o-ring,
replaced lower ball joints and idle
air control module going bad at 60k
miles. Otherwise, garaged, change oil
every 3k miles, and follow the manual
for all other routine maintenance.
4.0 SOHC engine runs great, gas
mileage good for an SUV, no abnormal
wear on exterior or interior. Solid
ride, great on the highway. Would
definitely recommend any low mileage
Explorer to this point.

Best Features

Reliable low cost maintenance. Leather seats have excellent support for long trips. Plenty of interior room.

Worst Features

Remove CD changer from inside center console. Replace manual a/c heater with automatic. Forget the luggage rack...worthless.
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