1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: They don't make them like this

1997 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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

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They don't make them like this anymore
By Karl on


1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD


This has been a practical, fun, and very reliable vehicle, with only minimal unscheduled maintenance. Needed a brake job and tie-ins replaced at 90,000 miles, but what do you expect? The ride is not great, but it's a real SUV that you can drive over fields and rough paths.

Best Features

Large and completely flat rear cargo area, excellent for car camping (it's more than 6 feet long and about 4 feet wide) or hauling a lot of stuff.

Worst Features

A quieter transmission.
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