1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Don't buy it

1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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

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Don't buy it
By sprig10 on


1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


All good until about 80K miles; lots
of problems: heating system, starting
problems with electronics; biggest yet
is poor to non-existent acceleration
when pushing excelerator pedal down!
Bogs down, much resistence - like
trying to pull a train car. This
happens at all speeds, especially
noticed when moving from stopped
position. RPMs wind up to near 6K with
pedal to the floor before tranny
shifts. Sluggish accelration occurs
only when the car is warmed up/hot -
runs great in morning for about 3
minutes, then the problem starts. Cats
replaced to no effect. O2 sensor
replaced to no effect. Dealership
mechanics cannot figure out what is

Best Features

Right now, none!

Worst Features

Mechanically, electronically unsound. Fix this stuff and helf local dealer repair/service shops solve riddles like the one I've stated above.
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