1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Great value for the price

1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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Great value for the price
By Jeff on


1997 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV AWD


I'm amazed at other reviewers complaining because they bought a used vehicle and it had maintenance problems. If the hood won't stay up, replace the supports for $20. After a decade or so they might have worn out. Overall, other than the radio, this is a well designed vehicle which when properly maintained will last and last. The V6 has almost as much horsepower as the V8, but gets almost the same milage as well, so you might as well get the V8 and its increased towing capability. Mileage will depend on how you drive it, I'm getting 20 MPG combined, and I know of one man who's getting 30 MPG (mostly highway).

Best Features

Auto lights, self dimming mirror, great seats. Plenty of power and decent mileage.

Worst Features

Crappy radio design makes it difficult to use an aftermarket radio. Lousy parts in the HVAC system which break and cost a fortune (over $1000) to replace at a dealer (doing it yourself cost about $20). If they'd used better parts instead of cheap nylon gears they'd never wear out.
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