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1997 Ford Explorer Overview

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2 Dr Sport 4WD SUV
8 national listings
Avg. Price: $3,871
2 Dr Sport SUV
4 national listings
Avg. Price: $3,272
2 Dr XL 4WD SUV
4 national listings
Avg. Price: $2,842
2 Dr XL SUV
2 national listings
Avg. Price: $3,133
4 Dr Eddie Bauer 4WD SUV
7 national listings
Avg. Price: $3,624
4 Dr Eddie Bauer AWD SUV
5 national listings
Avg. Price: $3,346
4 Dr Eddie Bauer SUV
5 national listings
Avg. Price: $3,104
4 Dr Limited 4WD SUV
6 national listings
Avg. Price: $3,088
4 Dr Limited AWD SUV
Avg. Price: $3,677
4 Dr Limited SUV
5 national listings
Avg. Price: $3,231
4 Dr XL 4WD SUV
21 national listings
Avg. Price: $3,346
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Average User Score

45 stars

Based on 37 reviews

Love My Explorer! It's The Best!!! by StarCruiser
 — 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 extended warranty and never ha... 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

Overall User Score

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Based on 37 reviews

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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Ford Explorer Questions

Dana Hart
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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 ...

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Campos
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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.

9 views with 1 answer (last answer about a week ago)
Mike Borstad
0

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

21 views with 3 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)
agentb9
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How Long Should Lights Saty On After Shut Down?

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Joe Westbrook Jr
5

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...

14 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 weeks ago)