1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Hind Sight is always 20/20

1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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Sport 2dr SUV (4.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Manual)

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Hind Sight is always 20/20
By MackDaddy on


1997 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV 4WD


I previously traded my 4-door Exployer
for the 2-door thinking we could get
better gas mileage but not give up the
SUV rideability. Sorry i did! Although
still under warranty at the time ,the
timing belt was replaced back in 1999
around the 20k mark. My power seat
latch broke on the driver side to get
to the back seat. My wife has a
terrible time getting the baby car seat
in and getting the seat belts to work
properly. It cost me about $175 to
replace my battery at Oxmoor Ford of
Lou, Ky, sound system went out the list
goes on and own. There should have been
a recall on the seats and seat belts
for the 97 model.

Best Features

I like the way my Exployer hanles on the road. I can do a complete u-turn in the smallest space like you wouldn't believe.

Worst Features

Seats and seat belts, factory JVL sound system, Transmission/4by4 switch over very noisy and rough.
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