1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Maybe I Got Lucky

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Maybe I Got Lucky
By rufus1959 on


1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Powerful 4.0 SOHC engine, lots of options, nice styling, and comfortable. Needs better shocks and it has front end alignment problems. I got the timing chain tensioner and intake manifold gasket recall problem fixed at 50,000 miles. It has 101,000 miles on it now and the only problems I've had were two thermostats replaced, front end alignment, and a battery. It could use some new shocks though. Overall it has been a pleasure to own. I've had other Fords and I have experienced numerous problems with them. Maybe I got lucky with this Explorer. Resale value is terrible, but that's the norm with a Ford.

Best Features

Powerful 4.0 SOHC engine, plenty of options, nice style, and comfortable to ride in.

Worst Features

Fix timing chain tensioner problem, better shocks, front end alignment, and improve gas mileage.
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