1997 Ford Explorer Overview


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2 Dr Sport 4WD 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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Ford Explorer Questions


So, I Have A 1997 Ford Explorer And When I Push The Brakes The Parking Ligh...

the trailer light connecter shut in the door and shorted out it burnt the uhaul box for the trailer tow light connecter so i cut it out, and hooked up a tow light cable directly to the wires, now wh...

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Starting Problem In My 1997 Explorer

My 97 Explorer doesn't like to start after a short trip, The starter hesitates, then starts. I lose all lights on the inside like the battery was disconnected. The cables are tight. Doesn't do it af...

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After Lifting Carpet On Passenger Side, I Still Cannot Find Inertia Switch....

What tools do I need, if any?

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No Heat,

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Location Of Fuel Regulator On 97 Ford Explorer 4.0

Where is the fuel regulator on my truck

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