1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Built Ford Tough

1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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Sport 2dr SUV (4.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Built Ford Tough
By alessing on


1997 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV 4WD


My Explorer is a 1997 Automatic 4x4 coming up on 180k miles, and it has honestly never failed me. I know that every time I turn the key it will start, and any time I need it to perform it does. Just 2 days ago an older couple got their Kia stuck in a steep ditch and dug their tires in the wet mud, I towed them out just fine. I tow my 3 ton boat without issues, and the high torque V6 never fails me next to a ricer at a red light.
The 4x4 is great out on the beach, and even the backwoods trails.
I agree with the other reviews, the gas mileage is just horrible, but other than that, I can't complain. I've had no mechanical issues, the ride is decent, and for the money, this truck is priceless.

Best Features

ControlTrak 4-Wheel-Drive, power sunroof, rear A/C controls, Class IV towing package

Worst Features

obviously the gas mileage, and maybe a better roll bar for those tight corners... It can get a bit scary if they catch you by suprise
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