1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Reviews

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1997 Ford Explorer
3.8
Average based on 15 reviews
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It just won't stop

by from Minnesota on April 29, 2010

I bought this explore for 2k about three years ago. it had over 196000 miles on it and I just needed something to get me around seeing that the car I owned at the time died. my explore now has over 26...
I bought this explore for 2k about three years ago. it had over 196000 miles on it and I just needed something to get me around seeing that the car I owned at the time died. my explore now has over 260000 miles on it and the engine hasn't even been touched. It still has the original injectors in it! the only major repairs so far are I replaced the balljoints, which I did myself. took half a day. Me and my explorer have been all over the place. I was in a band and the ford hauled all the gear when we went on tour. I have nicknamed it the trooper because it just won't stop, and it is beyond execllent in the snow. the only thing I don't like about the truck is the underpowered V8, but other than that I don't think I could ever part with it.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

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I Loved This Vehicle

by from Central New York on January 30, 2009

I bought this SUV used in 2004. First 4-wheel drive I've ever owned. Got me through a lot of snow through the years and only had to put it in 4-wheel drive a couple of times. Very comfortable, plenty ...
I bought this SUV used in 2004. First 4-wheel drive I've ever owned. Got me through a lot of snow through the years and only had to put it in 4-wheel drive a couple of times. Very comfortable, plenty of leg room front and back. Went for quite a while before any problems. Just sold it recently to get something newer, when sold there was rust around the rear fenders, the check engine light was on and both of the arm lifts on the back storage area had broken off. It had over 170,000 miles on it. If I could afford to own 2 vehicles I would still have it and wouldn't have gotten rid of it till it died on me completely.
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GREAT VEHICLE

by from Breinigsville on July 13, 2013

I bought the 97 Expolrer used. So far it's been great. Very comfortable to drive and has a lot of power. This is the Limited Edition with all the options. Power seats with seat memory for the remotes,...
I bought the 97 Expolrer used. So far it's been great. Very comfortable to drive and has a lot of power. This is the Limited Edition with all the options. Power seats with seat memory for the remotes, power sun roof, rear controles for the A/C, even a message center to monitor the vehicle systems. This monitors everything from fuel range to oil change. The center console has a fold out cell phone which can be unplugged, but it was a nice feature in it's day. The cup holders are deep enough to hold a 20 oz cup of coffee without falling over. The one draw back is the fuel economy. This has the V-8 engine. A lot of power, but I average between 14 to 16 mpg. I am very happy with it despite the milage. I would recommend this vehicle.
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Ford Explorer Sport a great value for the $$$

by from Dallas, TX on October 11, 2011

Bought this SUV new in 1998 and it has been a great car/truck. Had to replace ball joints and do some clutch/master cylinder work, but the engine is in top notch condition at 116K miles. It is more co...
Bought this SUV new in 1998 and it has been a great car/truck. Had to replace ball joints and do some clutch/master cylinder work, but the engine is in top notch condition at 116K miles. It is more comfortable than our Nissan or Honda. The AC will freeze you out and the heater works great too! The steering is extremely responsive... this vehicle will turn on a dime! It rides best on Michelin tires. There's just nothing bad to say about it. This was my second one. I bought the first one the first year Ford built them and I traded it for this one! They can easy go 250 - 300K.
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my little explorer

by from northern Iowa on January 4, 2014

this has been a very fun suv to drive. I like the way it handles in all kinds of road conditions( even though it's only 2wd). it only has 125,000 miles on it and is starting to show some wear. I think...
this has been a very fun suv to drive. I like the way it handles in all kinds of road conditions( even though it's only 2wd). it only has 125,000 miles on it and is starting to show some wear. I think I could recomend this type of vehicle for someone who is looking for a compact, yet sporty little truck.
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Uses car for Transporting family

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More than I bargained for...

by from North Port, FL on August 12, 2012

I have a 1997 Ford Explorer Sport 4x4. It has leather, sunroof, power driver's seat and plenty of room for the day to day. I have had it since 2009. I bought the vehicle when my foreign car was totale...
I have a 1997 Ford Explorer Sport 4x4. It has leather, sunroof, power driver's seat and plenty of room for the day to day. I have had it since 2009. I bought the vehicle when my foreign car was totaled. I love sitting up high in this truck. It feels solid on the local roads, but sometimes (since it's top heavy) I sway with the wind on the highway. I love my truck. I have only used to 4x4 once, playing around in the mud. It was a blast! I love the extra boost I get with the SOHC 205HP. EPA estimates 16/20 and I see (combined) 18-21 although most times I drive below speed limits to reach that 21.
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got my moneys worth and a little extra

by from deleware county on February 4, 2012

i wanted a car...but i wound up buying the 97 explorer xlt...im so glad i did it. although gas mileage isnt that good, it pays off in other areas of driving; acceleration is very impressive..while it ...
i wanted a car...but i wound up buying the 97 explorer xlt...im so glad i did it. although gas mileage isnt that good, it pays off in other areas of driving; acceleration is very impressive..while it can climb to 90 in a rather quick amount of time..i was very suprised. snow and ice is no match with the right tires..the sound of the engine lets you never forget you have power right their waiting for when you step on it..the radio was decent but i changed it;plenty of cargo space..and it is very heavy so you know everyone will be safe if buckled up right in the worst of cases.the seatbelts in the explorer are also very good..they're tight but not constricting. 4/5 overall. go get one
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Nice Car

by from Shreveport, La on September 25, 2009

I believe this car is a bit over priced for the amount of milage but it also seem to be a good vehicle, I would recommend this vehicle for a friend as a first car.
I believe this car is a bit over priced for the amount of milage but it also seem to be a good vehicle, I would recommend this vehicle for a friend as a first car.
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by from Minnetonka, MN on June 12, 2006

This '97 XLT is Black with gray, cloth interior. V-8 with auto and All Wheel Drive. Vehicle has 107,xxx miles. Current owner purchased the car used with 27K and has maintained regular service interva...
This '97 XLT is Black with gray, cloth interior. V-8 with auto and All Wheel Drive. Vehicle has 107,xxx miles. Current owner purchased the car used with 27K and has maintained regular service intervals. Car is in good utility driving condition. ABS braking system not operating; does not affect regular braking. Check engine light in "on"; quirk in electrical system as all engine specs and operation is normal. Good interior condition, exterior in fair cond with 1 small rust spot on rt rear fender well. Good utility ride.
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A lot of car for the money

by from Fairfax, Virginia on February 7, 2008

I have had an Explorer for seven years now. It has been a reliable car that has always performed for me. I have maintained it normally, oil changes, regular maintenance but it has never required repai...
I have had an Explorer for seven years now. It has been a reliable car that has always performed for me. I have maintained it normally, oil changes, regular maintenance but it has never required repairs out of the ordinary. This car has gotten a lot of bad press, I believe this is because it has been out selling the competition for so long that the public is now beginning to look at it as the "establishment". I believe that this is just a sign of a product that is designed at built properly and is just better than anything else out there. I love the features and comfort of this car and I have used the four wheel drive on my mountain property and it has gone places that others fear to go and it has begged to do it again. This car just can't be beat for the cost!!
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