1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: 200,000 and still strong

1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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

Build Quality
Reliability Value
200,000 and still strong
By Jeeper on


1997 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV AWD


I've got about 209,000 miles on the 5.0 liter V8, and still running strong. I had to replace the transfer case at about 150,0000, but I was pulling a trailer a lot, often pushing the limits of what the vehicle is rated to pull. It's still my daily driver, and couldn't be happier with the longevity, and what I've gotten for my money. No, it doesn't get great gas mileage, but it's a 4500 lb vehicle with a V8 engine, what do you expect?

Best Features

All Wheel Drive is awesome in the winter! I've never had a problem in snow, and pulled a several cars out of ditches.

Worst Features

I'd say more power, but they've already done that on newer models.
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