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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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Ford Explorer Questions
I Purchased A Used Vehicle In January 2014 And The Title States It Is A Tot...
I purchased a used vehicle in January 2014 and the title states it is a Total Loss Claim. I cannot pass inspection on it and so cannot register it. It runs and drives okay but I am wondering if I ...
Ford Explorer Won't Start
Have a 1997 ford explorer that cranks but won't start. Have fire fuel but is flooding out. Changed spark plugs and injectors. What could be the problem.
1997 Ford Explorer Will Not Start And No Fuel At Motor
Have no power at the fuel pump but have power at both sides of the fuel switch on floorboard
How Long Should Lights Saty On After Shut Down?
1997 Ford Explorer, I Checked The Filaments And All Is Fine, When I Turn On...
When I turn on the parking lights, the head lights shine but the running lights/tail lights don't burn out back, I checked the filaments and they look good and even took them out and swapped them ou...