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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Check Engine Light Wont Work I Have Checked The Bulb

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wilsonvgrant
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1997 Ford Explorer Engine Light Blinking

ave a 1997 Explorer and just recently had a tune up on it because sometimes it accelerated roughly on take off. I had new plugs and wires and a new fuel filter put on. It started and sound better b...

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New Information Concerning 97 Explorer With Whining Fuel Pump. Regulator Or...

New information concerning 97 Explorer with whining fuel pump. After finally getting $100 for a diagnostic this is what I got:"Ran diagnostics. Fuel pump specs KOEO = 30-45 PSI,Was reading 38 PSI with...

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Can Computer Issues Cause Fuel Pump Whining?

I have a 1997 Explorer, 4.0 SOHC. I had to replace the crank sensor; in doing so I disconnected the battery. It was disconnected for 2 or 3 hours. I've never had a car with a computer before so I thou...

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How Do I Check Power Steering Fluid In 97 Ford Explorer

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