1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Good Car but you have to know

1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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Good Car but you have to know how to fix
By Gregory on


1997 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD


My Ford has 203k on it now. It's good and has the same engine but I replaced both front and back timing tenshioners. These were easy to do because they are located outside the engine. I read this has to be done or your engine will go away! I guess I am lucky because the guides never broke and I never had to go inside the engine. The rest of the car is 100% quality, never an issue with anything. Much better than my Benz that had constant issues with electrical problems. Like all German cars do. I love American cars because they dont have nagging problems like import cars have. They just work. The CD player failed ( Sony Made) and this seems to be a problem all for cars have

Best Features

JBL sound system. Always works sounds great. CD player is bad however broken. Nice dash.

Worst Features

You have to lube the front end. Ford does not put lube joints on the ball joints and tie rods. Trust me the lube drys out at 150k. I used a small needle grease injector and solved that issue. If you don't do this you have to replace the entire front end. Inner tie rods need lt
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