1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Good Power, but.....

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Good Power, but.....
By revgod on


1997 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV


I bought this to pull my 19' Robalo
fishing boat here and there, which it
does SURPRISINGLY well. Took it 585
miles to Lake Powell, no problem)
Worked a little hard on the grades,
but maintained 60mph most of the time,
AND managed about 12mpg. I added an
air lift airbag suspension system
which is a MUST. It was 100 degrees,
and the temp. guage never budged! That
5.0 V8 is pretty outstanding.
BUT....man, this thing rides HARSH....
even after new, softer shocks, it
beats ya up a bit. But hey, it's a
truck. The check engine light comes on
frequently, indicating a faulty gas
cap. One of the o2 sensors needed
replacing at about 55,000 miles.

Best Features

On board computer that monitors oil changes, mileage, range, fuel usage, etc...VERY COOL! EASY to fold down rear seats. VERY powerful engine for vehicle this size.

Worst Features

Softer ride, but the new one's get that independent suspension, which should help. Newer one's have had terrible reliability from everything I've read though.
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