1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Loved the car first, Now on th

1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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XLT 4dr SUV (5.0L V8 AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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Loved the car first, Now on the Fense
By mercuryfordlover715 on


1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD


When my parents bought this Ford Explorer, I was in love with it. Plenty of get up and go from the 5.0 liter V8. Awesome comfort for me and 4 of my friends. But about 3 weeks after I purchased the car, I began to have problems. Needed a new EGR Valve,$300. Front End Alignment, $80. Sway Bar $200. And lastly, a Wheel Bearing, $150. After that though it seems to run like a top. But I do experience some rough idling from time to time. Even though I have experienced these problems, my other family members have been very lucky with their Fords. Uncle, 1997 Ford Expedition 187,000 miles before he traded it in, No Problems. Sister 1996 Ford Explorer V6, 167,000, traded in, No Problems.

Best Features

V8 Power, Great Comfort, Great Radio, Great Traction in Snow, Tons of Room for Anything, Handles Pretty Well for Such an Old and Big Car, Feel Completely Safe.

Worst Features

Poor Gas Mileage 11 mpg, Hard and Rough Ride. Not a lot to Hate About The Car.
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