1997 Ford Expedition User Reviews

1997 Ford Expedition Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 17 reviews

  • Performance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 7 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"big space" 2 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 10 reviews
"weak power" 2 reviews

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sglynn55 writes:
1997 Ford Expedition 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Review
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5

Pros

Solid performer. Issue Free.  Plenty of space for stuff.

Cons

18 years old and lots of miles.

sglynn55
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My Car — Solid, everything works. Easy to fix. Carries my stuff and friends. Remained like new its whole life. Always starts. Friends like riding in it. I will buy another Expedition when I need to but it will probably be an older one because the newer ones don't feel as solid.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Johnnie writes:
1997 Ford Expedition 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Review
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4

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Interior comfort & power

Cons

Gas guzzler

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Great Family Hauler Or Gas Guzzling Monster? — My 1997 Ford Expedition was bought primarily as a family outing 'hauler' and an escape from being stuck in snow-drifts after living in Chicago for a few years with a '93 Honda Civic. Needless to say, I was tired of digging the little Honda out of the snow after a few inches of overnight dusting. The Expeditions power comes from its 4.6L Triton Engine that definitely has enough power to tow trailers and boats significantly larger than the Expedition itself. The interior comfort makes for a stress free ride while on long-haul adventures. I've driven my Expedition from Chicago to Miami and back a few times, with no problems. The only downside I see to the '97 Expedition is the amount of gas it takes to keep her going. The 25 gallon tank will show a low level light with 2 gallons remaining - with which you had only traveled approximately 290 to 310 highway miles. This averages out to about 13 mpg Freeway and is not very helpful on the pocketbook - especially when the gas prices had hit all-time highs only a year ago.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jamil writes:
1997 Ford Expedition 4 Dr Eddie Bauer 4WD SUV Review
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Pros

solid and confidence inspiring

Cons

spark plugs

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Expedition Into The Ford Suv — Lets start withe the backbone of every real truck the chassis. Sturdy and not very flexible it lends itself to towing, hauling, and other heavy work. Compared to my moms s class its a cow. compared to the old empty flat bed farm truck its a dream. the brakes are fantastic (maybe the drilled and slotted had something to do with that?) its about 50ish horsepower short of being a street hero although it will put the average Joe back in the seat. interior is pretty good and everything. ONE MAJOR GRIPE: the 5.4 gas motor is an absolute disaster. if you buy a truck like this make sure it already had the spark plug issue handled like mine did. overall though wouldn't trade mine for anything less than a diesel truck.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Sososmith writes:
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5

Pros

Starts up strong everyday. NEVER out of commission. Definitely built to last.
No big matienance bills.

Cons

Uses a lot of gas, few of the seat belts don't work in the back and the leather seats in front cracked over the years.

Sososmith
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A Beast! — I have owned my expedition for over 10 years now and I love it!! I wasn't the original owner, I bought the truck from a car dealer & it was a beauty when I bought her. Leather insides, immac. Over the years, the two front seats leather has cracked quite a bit but the performance of this truck has been nothing short of Beast mode!! It starts up EVERYDAY! Like a champion! I have had to do such little maintenance on the truck over the years (im a female lol) I can barely remember the maintenance done. It's been almost short of a miracle the performance the truck gives with barely any maintenance. If you want a car that gets up & goes like a horse, no matter what?! Then look no further, the Expedition stays in BEAST mode on! Lol. Lookout!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Justin writes:
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Have had it for awhile and it has done everything I've asked it to. It goes anywhere, like driving a tank, with no complaints.

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The only issue I have had with it is the auto leveling rear suspension. Had the compressor go out twice, so I chucked it and put in a traditional coil over suspension and it's been fantastic.

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Great Rig! — Yeah the fuel mileage is a bit rugged (has averaged 14 mpg combined the whole time I've had it) but what do you expect from something this size? I'm extremely happy with it and the performance I've gotten out of it the last 7 years.

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'Patrick writes:
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mine is two tone gold above the headlights and maroon below

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none

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Good Car — i like it its roomy rides great and if its rear air bags go out you can replace them like i did with the coil spring kit the only problem with that is the suspension light stays onthen you will never worry about the air ride going out ever lol

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Drew writes:
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all wheel drive

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gas milage

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Sspidishun — It's a fantastic vehicle as long as you can afford to put gas in it.. Costs me about 80$ to fill it.. Good handling, awesome performance. Lots of aftermarket upgrades available for it. I put a new stereo system in it but the stock system was decent for being 13 years old..

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Casey writes:
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umm my only car i can afford lol

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if you dont like driving huge cars-parallel parking ahhhhh

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Well Built — performance- handles well for big car build quality- for a 13 year old car it runs pretty good lol appearance- looks great for being 13 cost of ownership- hope u like helping out gas comanies fun factor- well i guess its allright- a lambo would def. be better haha

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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brnscal writes:
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great interior, strong engine

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poor gas mileage

brnscal
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Great For All Types Of Use. — Dependable, rock solid body, bullet-proof engine an transmission. 170,000 miles on it so far. little sluggish on acceleration, braking an handling good.gas guzzler, maintenance minimal. fun 2 drive on long trips. Good truck for the money. Ford built 2 last!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ryan writes:
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Safe and Fun

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Gas

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Awsome — Love how big it is. It is great for going off road and can go many places that most cars cant. Gas is a little pricy but overall it is a nice safe car to drive. I enjoy driving it.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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1998 Ford Expedition Reviews

Love It! By jus1me

Fun to drive! Lots of power. Take care of it, and it won't let you down! Hard on gas (as a daily driver), but worth it! Perfect for snowy conditions! This one is highly recommended, ...if you ca... Read More

Best Suv For A Family Or Any Outdoor Adventures By kingwood08

This SUV has been running strong for over 10 years in my family with minimal problems. With proper maintenance and upkeep, it will keep on running for a long time. This is when they built cars to la... Read More

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1999 Ford Expedition Reviews

Dependable And Practical By fm_car

Low fuel economy. It has been very reliable and practical. It is tough with good off-road traction. powerful AC and heater for any weather. Very roomy and comfortable for long trips. Good for short da... Read More

Great Vehicle! By samebenkamp

The expedition is a great vehicle. It is a great handler, hauler, and driver. It handles any weather conditions, can always be relied on to start, and is well recognized. Easily hauls a family or ca... Read More

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2000 Ford Expedition Reviews

The Best Full Suv Ever By Jorge

This is one of the Best Full SUV ever, i don't believe that it is a gas slurping machine since it is a full sized SUV, we can't compared it to smaller SUV's or smaller cars. You can't expect a powerfu... Read More

I Like This Type Of Vehical And This One Is A Very Good Running Suv. By slipray

Its fun to drive, you feel very safe, it handles great. I drive it every day. This vehicle has plenty of power. I am looking at purchasing another one. Fuel economy could be better. All said and don... Read More

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2001 Ford Expedition Reviews

2001 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4wd By Tim23322

Plenty of room even though I am 6'5". I just bought it so I am hoping that it will have no mechanical issues. I took it to a mechanic prior to the sale and he said it is a great vehicle. So I am lovin... Read More

Great Truck Goes Anywhere By Jayceejay

Loved so much go any place beach mud snow lots of room. Had two dogs loved the dog cargo net both back and front 60/40 seats floor rubber can just park on hill wash out with a hose water runs out back... Read More

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2002 Ford Expedition Reviews

This Is A Nice Family Vehicle By kellynshawn06

I like the room inside the vehicle. I am not real sure about the air ride yet . The 5.4L has plenty of power to move this down the road at any speed and maneuverability is awesome as this vehicle feel... Read More

Great Truck By Pro200X

I loved the truck and gave it up only for gas prices. I have nothing I can complain about otherwise. The truck was beautiful and had every option I wanted in an SUV. It never failed me and was big eno... Read More

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