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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT AWD SUVReview
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97 Ford Explorer — Crappy gas mileage with the V-8, has full time 4WD. B.F. Goodrich All Terrain Radial T/A's on it, darned expensive tire, nearly $200 each. Finish wearing off aluminum alloy rims, not impressed. Has moonroof, has leaked, headliner all stained. No rust. Only 85,000 (supposedly) miles. Very rusty undercarriage (New York car)Added a leaf in each rear spring, saggy butt. Welded a crack in the catalytic converter shut, dumb thing has 4 catalytic converters at $200 each, and two mufflers. Over $1000 exhaust system on a $3500 truck. Leather interior nice, has the AM/FM/Casette/6 CD changer radio, crappy AM reception. Wish it had posi-trac like the last one I had.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Decent work truck, wish it wasn't so rusty.

Cons: Crappy gas mileage. 14 on a good day, 11 in a head wind. I used to drive a Suburban with a 454 that did that...

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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUVReview
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If You Can Keep It Up To Date Its A Good Car Im Tryin My Hardest So Git R Done — i have a 1997 ford explorer xlt 4x4 with very few complaints so far knock on woods ladies and gents it is a ford after all and we all know the multipal things ford stands for. so all togeather its a grate off road and winter car

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

Pros: over all so far its a good suv in my mind

Cons: price of fuel

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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUVReview
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There Is Nothing Special About This Vehicle — It handles well for an SUV and is well powered. High marks for reliability and fuel economy. The exterior is nothing special and the interior is sparse. Off road the car is enjoyable but boring on road. Ride quality is nice but not excellent.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: they can be had for cheap and are reasonably reliable.

Cons: plastic parts break constantly

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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT SUVReview
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Great Overall — Repairs-invested some money into it, but it's good to go and has been very reliable! It's a fun, comfortable, safe, spacious car to drive! I need to downsize to a small car soon and will defiantly miss it, don't want to sell it!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Comfort, Space

Cons: Not the best mileage

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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUVReview
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I Recomnened This Truck To A Family That Is Big. — I love this truck cause she has 225,500 miles on her and she still keeps on trucking. The truck has some minor problems her and there but not as many as the newer ones. The really cool thing about this truck is that it has a 6 disc changer.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: You can carry your family and go any where you want.

Cons: She burns a lot of gas.

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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUVReview
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Good For Hauling Or Off-roading! — Engine is average and has more utility like performance. This year od model has many recalls, engine and trans seems to become un-alligned easily. Price is cheap but re-sale value is too low. Packs mileage fast and gas wont keep up.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: For space with cargo or family,

Cons: Brake,Rotor, Axel problems.

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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT AWD SUVReview
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Its A Snappy Suv And Thats About It. — This suv is an ok vehicle to own. Its acceleration is great i smoked a Dodge neon with it lol. It is good in the snow and will go anywhere you want it to but i guess thats because it has all time AWD. Having the all time AWD makes it very bad on gas and it weighs 4500 lbs.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: If you are looking to have a good suv in the snow here it is.

Cons: If you are looking to not spend a lot of money on gas.

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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XL 4WD SUVReview
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Good Muddin Car — some parts are american. some are japanese. the acceleration is as bad as a van. as long as you get good tires the handling is great. mpg is 15-18. fun to drive in the mud. just don't get caught

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: its good at drifting and driving through mud and snow.

Cons: the gas mileage.

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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XL 4WD SUVReview
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Be Smart Before You Buy, And Make Sure It Won't Need More Than 2 Grand Of Work. —

Performance- Stock V6 is kinda ho' hum on acceleration, but then again a SUV is not a racing car. I am eventually gonna do a superchip, cold air intake, and exhaust to get another 20hp or so. Build Quality- The used 97 I got is pretty damn good overall. I need to do a couple minor things for the interior, but those I can find at the junk yard pretty cheap. As far as squeaks and rattles, just the normal on suspension, road noise is OK, but not really loud, and handling is pretty good for regular driving. I haven't done any off roading on it yet. Appearance- I would say the interior of the used 97 I got is a 9 out of 10. There are a couple of little things I need to do, but for a car that is over 10 years old it's very clean. Cost of Ownership- When I bought the car I knew I would have to put some money on top of what I paid for it. So far nothing unusual. It needed new brakes, Rea Sway Bar work, and some new lower ball joins. I have to point out that this rig has 122K on it, so over all not bad. Just normal wear and needing to replace a few things. Main thing is the eninge and transmission is still in tip top shape, running and idling like new. Cost of Ownership- I just got it, but I can allready say that gas milleage isn't that great. Maybe 14-15 city, around 20 hwy. Then again it's an SUV and a heavy rig to boot. So I didn't buy the rig expecting to get 20-30 mpg. Fun Factor- Car is awesome to drive. It handles well for city driving as long as you don't treat it like a wannabe race car, and I can't wait to see how it does with a bit of off roading when I stiffin up the suspension, and chasi next year.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Great Value as long as you get one that has been maintained. Expect to put some money into it with replacing worn parts and what not, but if you find a well maintained rig a great bargain.

Cons: Like any used car, avoid ones that need excessive amounts of maint at time of purchase. My general experience when buying used rigs with over a hundred k is expect about 2 grand worth of work in first couple years of ownership, anything over that is something to avoid.

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1997 Ford Explorer 2 Dr Sport 4WD SUVReview
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Ford Explorer — I like this truck alot. Its got great handling in the snow and it has been very dependible. Its alittle bit of a gas sucker though. Over all dependiblity is great. It hasnt had alot of things go wrong with it for being 13 years old.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Built Ford tough

Cons: Gas mileage

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