1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Junk that looks good

1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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Junk that looks good
By Richard Potter on


1997 Ford Explorer XL 4dr SUV 4WD


Two weeks after we bought the Explorer the transmission went out. The transmission man who replaced it said it was the worst transmission Ford ever made. Five months later the trans mission went out again and was replaced under warranty. The transmission just went out again. I'm going to haul it to the Junk yard. The door locks don't work, the seat is broken, the AC doesn't work, cruise control quit and it is running bad now. It isn't worth the trouble to fix it. I always took care of it and never ran it hard so it shouldn't have had these problems.

Best Features

It performed well in the snow.

Worst Features

Improve the transmission. Locks and seats and trim.
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