1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: My 1997 Ford Explorer

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Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 4x4)

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My 1997 Ford Explorer
By w4abw on


1997 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD


I bought my 1997 Eddie Bauer 4WD new. It was great for about 4 years. I had put 16,000 miles on it when the factory warranty expired and had zero problems. After the warranty expired the SUV went nuts. Heater quit because of defective blend door and blend door motor. Rear lights went out because of defective wiring (can you believe) and the check engine light would come on and go off as often as a US Senator sticks out his hand for a contribution. On top of that the Ford roll over problem appeared with both Ford and Firestone pointing fingers at each other. When the SUV was about 6 years old the dash lights began to fail one at a time. Now the dash lights are mostly all out. Hood now fails.

Best Features

Leather seats are great. Radio seems very sensitive and AC has been solid. The trip and mileage computer is a real asset. Apart from the hood that won't stay up, the fit and finish is still good. The overall looks beats 4-Runner and Tahoe IMHO.

Worst Features

Reliability of heating system and electrical system needs improvement.
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