1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD
By bcbeachman on
Vehicle1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD
ReviewVehicle 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 FeaturesReliable low cost maintenance. Leather seats have excellent support for long trips. Plenty of interior room.
Worst FeaturesRemove CD changer from inside center console. Replace manual a/c heater with automatic. Forget the luggage rack...worthless.
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