1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: After 7 Years 149K Miles Still

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After 7 Years 149K Miles Still OK
By dilbert2 on


1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


I bought this truck new in 12/97.
Engine had to be replaced at 103K. It
was covered by warranty. Handle to
recline driver seat bent and
eventually broke off. Cost $600 to
fix. Wow! AC will hold a charge for a
season. I live in cold weather
(upstate NY) and don't bother. Great
in snow. Great towing vehicle. I
hauled easily 3000 pounds in the
vehicle with no problem. (32 bags of
cement). I have a 7 foot snowplow and
it handles it well...even though I
have a 6 cylinder engine. For the
abuse that I gave this truck it is
great. I can still hit 95MPH on the
NY State Thruway with it, get 17 MPG,
haul 3000 pounds in it, or tow 5000
pounds. Not bad.

Best Features

It is old and sleazy but mechanically sound. Nobody wants to steal it. I easily merge into traffic especially if I pick a new Benz to get in front of. I still make money plowing driveways with it. Not too bad. Its hauling and towing ratings are hogwash. Triple them and you get th

Worst Features

I paid $24,500 for this truck in late '97. That is the same price for an XLS 4WD now. Not bad. Why can't they make an XLS with a third row seat for the days that I have six day laborers to haul around? Publish the real hauling and towing figures. I regularly exceed them with no pr
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