1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Most reliable Vehicle we've ow

1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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

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Most reliable Vehicle we've owned
By Bill on


1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD


My wife went to look at this SUV on 9/11/01. 5.0 V7. It has been very reliable, starting to have some repairs now but it has 147,000 miles. I have towed several Uhauls between WI and TX, plenty of power, also a 25ft Boat. It was great when we lived in WI during the winter. AWD works great, you don't have think about when you might need 4 wheel drive. Mileage not so great, but then this is an SUV. 14 around town, 18 on the highwy, best was 19. I had a 94 Explorer so this is my second and now also have a 04 Mountaineer. Smaller V8 4.6L but more power and better mileage. We now live in SC but travel back to and forth from WI. This was a great vehicle on the road.

Best Features

Towing capacity, interior space and comfort.

Worst Features

Back seat was not meant for long distance. Newer Explorer's and Mountaineers took care of that. Allow rear seat back to recline. Auto close sunroof.
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