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1997 Ford Explorer

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 13/Hwy 17/Comb 15 MPG
Max Seating: 4
Engine: V6, 4.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

1997 Ford Explorer Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 1093 Ratings for the 1995 - 2001 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Loved this car! Never had any major problems.

By on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 217,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Still going strong at 217,000 miles"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I drove this car for several years,then passed on to both of my teen sons. Great car! Only required regular maintainance."

Everything I've needed in a car

By on Saturday, April 19, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Ridiculous cargo room- I've even slept in the back"

Cons: "Divers seat is a little cramped (I'm 6ft though)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've had my 1999 Explorer Sport for 11 years now. It has 180,000 mi and I only now have started having persistent problems with it but still nothing major. I blame this on the previous owner, he didn't take care of it well but I've loved this thing and babied it since I got it. It's highly reliable, I've even driven it across the country. Drives amazingly in snow/ice, I lived in MA for 7 years- never got stuck once. I still get 21 MPG's highway. It handles well, rugged, powerful (the 4.0 is nice). I have had to replace the alternator 3 times though, which I believe is a common issue with these; but it's an easy repair. Overall I loved this vehicle and will only replace when I have to."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great Truck

By on Thursday, March 27, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 189,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Great interior package that you can't get anymore."

Cons: "V8 is way to hard on gas mileage!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I bought my truck new and it's been with me for 14 years, aside from the gas mileage being too low with the V8, it's been a great truck for all my needs."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Been VERY reliable

By on Sunday, March 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 213,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Truck came from Washington state and I bought it second hand with 96k miles while living in New England. This truck has been across this country 4 times and back and forth between New England and Ohio countless times. I am a single woman and have had no problems with it and now I am thinking of selling it. It is great what regular oil changes and maintenance will do for a car! I had the blower motor replaced and the guy cracked the cowl that circles the radio/controls and it is duct tapped on. She still runs and has always been dependable. This truck has never failed to start. I hate to get rid of her."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Loved it while it lasted!

By on Sunday, March 23, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,150

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great tow vehicle, goes anywhere!"

Cons: "None!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Bought this vehicle seven years ago for only $3,500! It had been rear-ended, bumper damage only. I straightened the supports and put another bumper on from a junkyard. I put 70K miles on it since I bought it, towing everything from boats to big travel trailers. It's had its share of minor problems, including failure of the heating/cooling system (has only full heat or max air conditioning now; can't adjust temperature). But I neglected to change the tranny oil or filter in 70K miles, and now the torque converter is failing. Wish I hadn't been so stupid; I love this truck. But it's not worth another $3K for a rebuilt tranny. But I'd recommend this car to anyone who needs a great family vehicle that's also a workhorse!"

Hasn't failed me yet!

By on Friday, March 21, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 189,650

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Great 4x4, timeless design, comfortable cabin"

Cons: "horrible gas mileage, underpowered"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

The day I got it! Clean & lookin' sharp.

"So this was my first truck, and I bought it used with just over 150k miles about a year ago. It's a 1997 Explorer Sport, and this thing has just blown me away. I've put almost 40k miles on it in the last year, and I haven't had a single problem other than an $8 heater control valve. Every morning it starts without hesitation, even with the unusual winter we've had in NC. Which brings me to one of my biggest points; the 4x4 on this truck is incredible. My Explorer is equipped with the optional limited slip differential, combined with the ControlTrak 4x4 system, I had no issues in the snow and ice. I have to drive in moderate off road/muddy conditions every day, and I have never had a problem, even running with cheap Dextero street tires. I drive it hard, take 7-8 hour long trips frequently, off road daily, and haul friends and family everywhere. It's comfortable, it runs smooth, it's got plenty of towing torque, and it's safe. I do have a few complaints though. One, the base 4.0 OHV V6 is severely under-powered and requires a lead foot pulling out on to highways. The gas mileage is absolute garbage. It feels hesitant in tight corners, and the transmission is starting to shift hard. Considering what I put the truck through, I'm not surprised. To make up for those complaints though, I installed an aftermarket air intake, it gave a bit more power and improved the mileage by 2-3mpg. A $200 investment that's already paid for itself. All in all, this truck has never failed me, and is, for lack of better words, Built Ford Tough."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

The day I got it! Clean & lookin' sharp.

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