1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: My Explorer Experience

1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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My Explorer Experience
By jculp on


1997 Ford Explorer XL 2dr SUV 4WD


My Explorer Sport has been reliable in
the sense that it always starts. The
flashing warning lights on the dash and
incessant recalls -- that's a different
story. I've owned it 3 years and have
endured the tire recall and two other
engine parts. Also, the mounting bolt
had to be replaced. The ride is rough --
comparable to covered wagon. I still
prefer the exterior to the new model.
And while I love my Explorer, I never
plan to purchase another. The price
seems great at first -- until you have
to pay for the car and the repairs.
Definitely get an extended warranty.

Best Features

The look.

Worst Features

Ford has to improve the quality or they will lose business.
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