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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Eddie Bauer AWD SUVReview
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Alright — 8 liter V-8, air-ride suspension system, JBL audio system, power everything,

Pros: engine still runs like new, powerful, smooth drive

Cons: gas is okay not great, air-ride is a little awry, scratches here and there

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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Limited AWD SUVReview
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My First Road Worthy Ford — I'm a tall guy and I fit in this truck better than any other suv of similar size, seats are comfy, easy to drive, simple gauge cluster, and I can see just about every where, no big blind spots.

Owner for 1 years, 3 months

Miles Driven per Year:9,375

Pros: V-8 power, power everything, full time 4 wheel drive

Cons: air ride suspension

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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT AWD SUVReview
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Osu Party Bus! — 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, two-tone paint that are Ohio state colors! The outside has only minor sratches and is better shape than some cars that are only half the age of it. It has been in the family for seven years. Has had no major mechanical issues, just the usaull yune ups and replacements. The paint still shines and interior is roomy and has no stains or rips in the seats.

Pros: The room, comfort, and options. Sun/moon roof and remote start are nice touches. The CD player has a great sound and radio comes in very clear. No dents, few scratches, and factory running boards! The best part is ....everything just works!

Cons: It is getting old, but the worse part of it all is gas, but isn't evryone complaining about that?

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1997 Ford Explorer 2 Dr Sport SUVReview
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Fun Vehicle To Drive — Decent mpgs, nice interior/exterior but seriously top heavy and is bad on dirt roads.

Pros: Nice, small SUV

Cons: Top heavy=easy to flip

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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT SUVReview
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Love Our Explorer! It's The Best!!! —

[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 extended warranty and never had to use it. It still has the original tranny and engine. As far as maintenance, all we've done is change the oil and rotate the tires every 3k to 6k miles. With high mileage comes some replacement of parts, but they have been minor things like a new voltage regulator or an O2 sensor, but all things considered, you have to expect something to go wrong! Gas mileage is not bad at all, paint finish is good except we had to repaint the black strips between the windows. It's been a wonderful vehicle and we look forward to many more miles and many more years without a car payment!! [UPDATE: 08.06.2014] The Explorer is no longer our primary vehicle but it still gets used quite a bit. Originally it was used for EVERYTHING: commuting to/from work, hauling trailers full of home construction stuff or motorcycles, vacations in excess of 1500 miles, etc. Now it's used for errands and commuting to work when it's raining out. We've got about 700 miles to go to break the 300k mile mark on the original transmission and engine! The heat and air still work perfectly! The gas mileage isn't bad considering the age of the vehicle - gets around 13mpg around town. The compression is reduce but still has some pretty good "get-up-and-go." The only issues that have developed are the electronic door locks are screwy, the hydraulic cylinders no longer hold the back window up, and the lumbar support no longer holds air on either seat. An anti-sway bar, u-joints, shocks, and radiator have had to be replaced; however, we've not had a car payment in so long that it's all worth it! The Explorer still runs great! We call it our "Rescue Vehicle" because it's so dependable and trustworthy, and always available to bail out one of the kids when they break down and need a vehicle temporarily. We still love our Explorer!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Everything about it.

Cons: None.

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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT SUVReview
Rafael writes:
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Tonka Craftsman!!! — the best well spent 3000 bucks!!! I bought this used in 2007 and it worked great. Given the circumstances that it seems that it was crashed and fixed before selling it to me, It was very durable and trusty. I sold it a week ago... almost cried, hopefully next owner will restore her and have some fun.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Durable

Cons: Hmm... More power?

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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Limited AWD SUVReview
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One Helluva Vehicle — When I first bought this back in 2006, I purchased it with the intention of it being a short-lived solution for how I could get around until the end of high school. It turned out to be a love affair; throughout the years I have grown to love this Explorer so much that I dread the day where I must get rid of it. Sporting the legendary 5.0 liter V8, my Explorer, while not especially fast, does exhibit the typical torque grunt of an eight cylinder engine. The build quality I have found is not typical of what most people think of when they think Explorer; it has held up superbly over the years, even during my abusive teen phase. The best thing about it? Its great to drive. The steering is light and uncommunicative, the brakes suck, the drivetrain is coarse and jittery. But I don't care. I love driving my Explorer.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Fun to drive; reliable; V8 torque

Cons: Unrefined; brakes and steering could be more communicative

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1997 Ford Explorer 2 Dr Sport 4WD SUV Review
Michael says:
Love my Explorer, sadly it isnt running right now, I have narrowed it down to wiring in the steering wheel column. Just gotta keep checking everything.
vs2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer
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Power Ranked 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer worse.
"Lighter weight"
Front Seats Ranked 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer better.
"In the Trailblazer you can move the seat back as far as you could ever need. on the Explorer since its the sport the front seats only go back so far."
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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Limited 4WD SUV Review
Many cars out there that are better if rather have a Cherokee than this ( no tv that the Cherokee is bad it’s actually a pretty good suv).
vs1997 GMC Jimmy 4 Dr SLE SUV
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