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Average User Score
4 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 37 reviews
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
My 1997 Ford Explorer Misses And Runs Bad
It chugs when driving
My 1997 Ford Explorer Misses When Driving, Check Engine Light Is On, I Don...
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?
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...
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 ...