1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Automatic Transmission Problem

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By ootpa on


1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV


My family members have bought
approximately 10 Ford vehicles since we
purchased a 1988 Aerostar. All have
been exceptional vehicles except for
our recent experience with our 1997
Explorer. The transmission began having
shifting problems at 62K. When I
returned it to the dealer, I was told
we needed a remanufactured transmission
which cost $2400. Quite a shock and no
explanation from the dealer except "it
happens." Appealing to Ford directly.

Best Features

Comfortable. Rides better since replacing Winderness tires with Bridgestone ATs. Mechanically sound except for transmission.

Worst Features

4L engine w/o SOHC poor performer. Transmission replaced 62K. Maintenance at 62K cost another $1K -- brakes, stuck thermostat, coolant flush, PS flush, throttle body cleaning. Like the ride/feel of our 2002 Explorer much better. SOHC makes world of difference.
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