1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Disappointed 2

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By rollo on


1997 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV AWD


Very disappointed in this vehicle. The EGR valve has went out several times. The automatic ride control including the compressor went out at 90k miles. The estimate from the dealer was $1,500 to fix (I had the the air shocks ripped out and put regular shocks and new leaf springs on it for $500). The climate control went out at 110k miles costing over $1200 (heater box and actuator). Antenna doesn't go up & down, can't unlock the hatch with the key and can't lock or unlock it with the back switch. Cruise control on the steering wheel broke off and the hood won't stay up by itself. Many other small repairs have been needed. Now I can't even sell it for more than I have in it in repairs.

Best Features

Looks pretty. V-8 has plenty of power. AWD is great in the snow, you can hardly make it slide.

Worst Features

Needs to be more rugged. Air ride is too expensive to repair. Climate control has cheap plastic parts. All the electronic and power stuff is just stuff that will eventually break.
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