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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
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 ...
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.
!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...
I Have A 1997 Ford Explorer. I Took It In For A Smog Check. It Passed Smog ...
Already replaced the computer so its not that its before that.
Replaced Blend Door Actuator Will Not Turn On Test Did The Reset And Got 02...
blend door actuator not working replaced with one from ford and its not working run code test and reset and I get a 024 code what do I do next