1997 Ford Explorer User Reviews

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    Displaying 21 - 30 of 37 1997 Ford Explorer reviews.

    1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Eddie Bauer SUV Review
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    75

    Its Amazing, Especially Being An American Car! — its one of the most common and most reliable SUVs on the road right now (compared to other '97 SUVs)

    Pros: great room, great features, and great reliability

    Cons: a bit of a loud engine

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    1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT SUV Review
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    35

    Built Ford Tough — This car came with leather seats, cruise control, and a powerful engine. Even though it is my first car I can't imagine driving something else.

    Pros: 5.0 V8

    Cons: gets stuck in sand easily

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    1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT SUV Review
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    Solid, Dependable Workhorse — I've had the pleasure of driving this vehicle for the past 2 years, and while it doesn't accelerate very fast or set new speed records, it handles quite well and carries a whole lot of stuff. A lot of people hate the Explorer, and I can't see why. It's a great car for the money, and very reliable.

    Pros: Comfort, visibility, handling, amenities for the price.

    Cons: Somewhat sluggish, poor fuel economy.

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    1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT AWD SUV Review
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    65

    Utility — Not pretty, not fast, but oh so handy. We used this car asa hauler, a hotel and a people carrier.

    Pros: Space, price, quality

    Cons: Not that pretty

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    1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XL SUV Review
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    This Car Rocked!! — It may have had it's problems, but I swear this was the funnest vehicle to pull a 360 on a wet road in. Mine had the fog lights and everything, so when it was real bright outside with the moon, we'd turn all the lights off. Gawd, I miss this one.

    Pros: Had lots of room. I fit so many people in it. The cargo area came in handy.

    Cons: Had more tranny problems than it was worth.

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    1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Review
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    35

    Good On Snow, 4x4 That Is Why I Had It — IT WAS GOOD ON THE SNOW, other than that, used a ton of gas, was noisy and unreliable

    Pros: good on snow

    Cons: it was a ford

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    1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Review
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    35

    Pure Power — Nice driving nice shock absorving nice power nice braks one of the best cars in the world

    Pros: Fast, utilitary...

    Cons: Gasoline consumer

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    1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Review
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    45

    The Tank. — I love this car, I got it for removing my tongue ring and it has been the work horse of the family. It is the most reliable car I've ever owned and it gets me through winter every year. Slowly things are starting to go wrong but nothing that will ever need to be fixed like my cruise control for instance. All in all I love this truck.

    Pros: Reliable

    Cons: Getting older

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    1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT AWD SUV Review
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    Loved It Before It Got Old — Super to drive, comfortable, fun. But got really expensive really fast at about 75,000 miles.

    Pros: Super ride, great power, stable, comfortable

    Cons: expensive to repair!, looks were lacking in that year

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    1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT AWD SUV Review
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    Good Suv — powerful, handles like an suv, brakes like an suv, it's an suv

    Pros: power, awd, power everything

    Cons: handles, brakes, performs like an suv

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2014 Ford Explorer Reviews

    Number 1 Suv By jrl559

    The Ford Explorer is the best looking (inside and out) and driving SUV on the road today! All Around Great Performance and absolutely a pleasure to drive on any roadways. Very comfortable interior and... Read More

    Top Of The Line By scottbr

    After driving the new Ford Explorer sport for the first time about six months ago, it has to be the best SUV on the market. The performance of the 3.5L twin turbo 365 HP engine is second to none. The ... Read More

    2013 Ford Explorer Reviews

    Super All-around Suv! By Kpecot

    Great family SUV. Lots of cargo room and passenger comforts. Love the leather, roof rack and 4WD upgrades as well as SYNC and Bluetooth features. Drives nice, solid handling. Liked it so much, getting... Read More

    Super Suv! By Kpecot

    Loved this SUV. In fact, I'm getting another one (2014 or 2015)! Preferred to drive it over our second car, which is a sporty and fun-to-drive 300Z. Leather and 4WD a big plus but not "must haves". Li... Read More

    2012 Ford Explorer Reviews

    The Ultimate Snowboarding Assault Vehicle By cargurusLV

    What's the point of getting an SUV with 5-seats? That's just an oversized car that eats up more gas. That's why I got the Explorer. It has 7-seats and luxuriously appointed with a great tech convenien... Read More

    Feels Good, Looks Good. By mikepetrey

    Like the appearance and performance. Smooth riding SUV with all the luxuries. The air conditioning is very cold, the heat is very warm. All power features have always worked with no problems whatso... Read More

    2011 Ford Explorer Reviews

    Sporty By Melissa

    The room for my whole family in a reliable car. You will always get compliments on the ride and the look of the car. The convenience of the remote start is wonderful on hot and cold days! We love thi... Read More

    Good Vehicle. By Ken

    Could use a little more power. The 3.5L V6 is just not quite enough. However, I'm sure my mileage is much better than if it had a V8, so I'm not really complaining all that much. Otherwise, a very nic... Read More

    2010 Ford Explorer Reviews

    Great Dependable Suv With All The Creature Comforts You Need. By SS131

    What I love about this car is that it has the power third row seating which makes it very easy to accommodate more passengers with the touch of a button.Beautiful interior color combo and the Ford syn... Read More

    Lots Of Toys On The Limited Awd By goldy

    Accelerator responsiveness with the 6 speed transmission and the v8 is lousy. The 6 speed wants to be in 2nd when starting and shifts very quickly to 6th even when going only 30mph.6 speed is only goo... Read More

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