1997 Ford Explorer Overview

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45 stars

Based on 37 reviews

Love Our Explorer! It's The Best!!! by StarCruiser
 — [Original Review: 01/17/09] This is my wife's vehicle. It has 245,000 miles and just keeps on going. Very dependable. She is the original owner and has had no trouble with it. She purchased the e... Read More
Osu Party Bus! by Andrew
 — It is 10 years old, but It still looks and runs great! Has a power glass sliding sun/moon roof, running boards, pioneer CD AM/FM radio, Ipod hook-up, power everything, remote start ( Coming soon), AWD... Read More
I Love My Sandy, Shes Perfect For Me! by Brittany
 — at first i hated the rare blue interior but now its kind of cool. no one has a truck like mine. there are two small rust spot that i plan on patching up. rust is so hideous! ugh. The gas isnt too bad ... Read More

1997 Ford Explorer Overview

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1997 Ford Explorer

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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Ford Explorer Questions

Matthew Fink
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My 1997 Ford Explorer Misses And Runs Bad

It chugs when driving

24 views with 7 answers (last answer 23 hours ago)
Matthew Fink
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My 1997 Ford Explorer Misses When Driving, Check Engine Light Is On, I Don...

5 views with 2 answers (last answer about a day ago)
kathyK64
0

I Hear A Hollow Metal Banging Sound When Driving My 97 Explorerm Does Anyon...

was driving fine and all of a sudden it started to make a hollow metal sound like something banging or going to break, any ideas as to cause?

19 views with 4 answers (last answer 3 days ago)
dmorgan48
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What Is This Spring?

I am embarrassed to ask this, but here goes. We recently replaced the alternator in our 1997 Ford Explorer. When we took the alternator out, we found this spring (see photo). It was just loose in th...

35 views with 7 answers (last answer about a week ago)
CurtisC
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My 1997 Ford Expedition Driver Side Pwr Window Will Not Roll Back Up..why??...

It has done this once before but starting working again by the next day. Yesterday it happened again, rolled down but not back up. All the other windows work just fine and I have even tried rolling ...

17 views with 4 answers (last answer about a week ago)