1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Sporty and Fun!

1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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XL 2dr SUV (4.0L V6 5-speed Manual)

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Sporty and Fun!
By AngelOU on


1997 Ford Explorer XL 2dr SUV


My parents ordered this Explorer from the factory, custom-made for them. It has performed well after being shipped around the world, including surviving a typhoon. Regular maintenance is a must, and you will have to fix things as they break. We replaced the CD player with an MP3 player after the 6 disc changer went out. A few minor repairs along the way, but nothing more than a few hundred dollars a year. It's now my college car, and I'm enjoying it! The gas mileage is less than desirable, but it's normal for an SUV. The paint looks excellent with regular washings and waxings. The plastic covering on the driver's side seat has broken from regular use, though. Speakers stink.

Best Features

Great appearance! Reliable for a car that is over 10 years old. Paint looks great, though the sidebars have rusted unfortunately. Looks better without a luggage rack, too!

Worst Features

Better speakers! Higher quality interior, including plastic molding and armrest covers. Seat belts get stuck in the door a lot because they won't retract all the way. Overall, it's a good car, though!
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