1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Death of Black Beauty

1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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

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Death of Black Beauty
By JaDane on


1997 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV 4WD


I began looking for an Explorer in 10.
It took me 6mo to find one with
everything; Black ,leaher, sunroof,
6Disc CD, less than 75K. I had the
Explorer thirteen days and I was rear-
ended at 65 miles per hour. At first
glance I was amazed, the damage was
minimal, however upon further
inspection the frame was badly bent. I
feel this is no fault of the
manufacturer, considering the rate of
speed I was hit while at a complete
stop. I do feel I owe my life as I know
it to the Explorer. I had a neck injury
do to whip lash, nothing rehab won't
fix. However if I was in my Camaro I
would say I would be paralized, and I
would have hit the car in front of me.

Best Features

What was not to love? My Sport model had it all and was a black beauty. My favorite interior features were the sunroof, leather, power seats, 6 disc CD changer, two way opening gate (glass & gate). Outside I loved the runnung boards, fog lights, and most of all the metal rear bumper.

Worst Features

The only thing I could suggest is having an optional spare attachment on the back instead of under the vehicle. Not being very mechanical myself I would had trouble if I had to crawl under there and screw that loose and it would have probably fallen right on top of my chest.
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