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1997 Ford Explorer Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 37 reviews
New options on the 1997 Ford Explorer offered buyers of America's most popular SUV more choices under the hood. In addition to the 4.9 liter, 210-horsepower V-8 engine introduced in 1996, the '97 Explorer also came off the line with an optional single overhead cam 4.0 liter V-6 which delivered 205 horsepower.
Agility was also a selling point for the '97 Ford Explorer: real all-wheel drive was available for the first time on the Eddie Bauer and Limited trims. In addition to those higher-end trim selections, the 1997 Explorer was offered in Sport, XL, and XLT trims, with a choice of two-door and four-door body styles.
Fuel efficiency wasn't bad by sport-utility vehicle standards: 14 to 18 mpg city, 17 to 23 mpg highway, depending on model, engine, and bodystyle, were the EPA's estimates. The Ford Explorer continued to outsell other vehicles in its class because of its affordability, durability, and superior cargo capacity.
Some drivers love this workhorse for toting the family around; others like to take the four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive versions on off-road adventures. Either way, the 1997 Ford Explorer has lasting appeal.
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1997 Explorer Bad Bearings, Tire Cords Showing And "not Much Breaks"
I recently went to a shop to have them replace some spark plugs and a belt for me (I can do that myself but don't have the tools since I moved from home.) When they finished they said I had a bad wh...
Any Tips For An Engine Swap From A 1996 Explorer V8 4wd To A 1997 V8 Explor...
I Have A 1997 Ford Explorer, Eddie Bauer Edition. The Drivers Side Power W...
What Type Of Starter Do I Need, Post Or Spade?
I went to autozone to get a new starter for my 97 explorer sport trac, and they gave me a 96 starter, not to mention, no questions were asked so i had thought everything was taken care of. I did not k...
1997 Ford Explorer Engine Light Blinking And Rough Idling
I have a 1997 Ford Explorer, that has suddenly started to idle very roughly, and the check engine light, has started to flash. It's be steadily lit for the last 6 year, and never blinked before. Tod...