1997 Ford Explorer Overview


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2 Dr Sport 4WD SUV
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4 Dr Eddie Bauer 4WD SUV
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4 Dr Eddie Bauer AWD SUV
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Average User Score

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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Hi I Have A Ford Explorer 4l V6 1997 I It Dont Want To Start We Check The F...

the van did drove the morning i stopped at a friends house and when i tried to start again it started to do this.

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How Do I Bleed Clutch Myself?

My truck will not go into gear while it is on. Goes into gear fine when not running. I replaced the master slave cylinder yesterday. It was hard but went into gears. This morning, I'm back to square...

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Help!i Have A 97 Ford Explorer And The Problem Is My Left Turn Signal Will ...

I check the bulb, switched it, even flipped it to make sure it was in properly and the fuses are fine. The right works fine and the left works as long as I don't turn on my parking/headlights. I ...

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My Headlights Wont Turn On Dim Or Bright But When I Pull The Pass Light Swi...

can turn on switch and all lights work except headlights, not even high beam. but when I pull the passing light switch they light up.

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!997 Ford Explorer Thermastat Housing.

Hello All My thermostat housing keeps leaking where the top and bottom meet..I have replaced the top housing and thermostat and gasket ..still leaked ..I again replaced the gasket and used sealant..s...

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