Used 1997 Ford Explorer SUV

1997 Ford Explorer

1997 Highlights

The 1997 Ford Explorer receives a few appreciated improvements this year. A new SOHC V6 engine is now available, providing nearly as much power as the 5.0-liter V8. Also new is a five-speed automatic transmission, the first ever offered by an American auto manufacturer, which is standard on V6 models equipped with automatic.


  • Great cargo space, multiple engine options, and attractive exterior styling make this the best selling SUV on the market. The fact that the Explorer has dual airbags sure helps too.


  • The base V-6 engine is a asthmatic when trying to pass at freeway speeds. The Explorer feels top-heavy in tight corners.

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Ford Explorer 1997 Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV AWD 155,600 miles
Used 1997Ford ExplorerEddie Bauer
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Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manualN/A5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual4-speed automatic5-speed manualN/AN/A4-speed automatic5-speed manual4-speed automatic5-speed automatic
Horsepower160 hp @ 4200 rpm160 hp @ 4200 rpm160 hp @ 4200 rpm205 hp @ 5250 rpm160 hp @ 4200 rpm160 hp @ 4200 rpm160 hp @ 4200 rpm215 hp @ 4200 rpm160 hp @ 4200 rpm205 hp @ 5250 rpm205 hp @ 5250 rpm215 hp @ 4200 rpm160 hp @ 4200 rpm215 hp @ 4200 rpm205 hp @ 5250 rpm


IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
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  • Roof Strength Test
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  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
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  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
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  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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97 Ford Explorer EB AWD
Truck is a beast. Yea it does suck gas but if you drive like a normal person, you'll be fine. Pushing 265000k; truck is still on the road. No leaks little rust, but very reliable. SAfe for the kids and easy to drive. This is one of my favorite style of trucks; has alot of room inside while disguising it on the outside. doing little cosmetics to eventually sell, already have 3 265K..Love this Truck. AG
Ford Explorer XLT V8 AWD
I bought my explorer for $1000 for my first car in august of 2012 with 154,000 on it. Let me tell you this is a badass truck with a lot of power. I drove it pretty hard, commuting back and forth to school every day for a semester doin about 70 miles a day offroading some weekends and going up to the mountains in west virginia, and using it as a utility vehicle this spring for my landscaping business. Not the most reliable but it was 15 years old, replaced camshaft position sensor, cat flange gasket, alternator, radiator blew and overheated engine and made #4 cylinder thereafter but hell engines made today would be toast after overheating. Recommend getting owner records before buying
Our Best Vehicle Ever
We have had our '97 Explorer XLT AWD V8 since new and it's now 12 years old and has 169,000 miles. This is by far the longest we ever have kept a car both in terms of time as well as miles driven. This truck just keeps on going. We use it every day from mundane things like commuting to/from work to bigger things like camping vacations, driving trips and trailering loads. No major repairs in its history - just the usual things like battery, brakes, and tires.
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