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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Limited 4WD SUV Review
by Dennis

nice car

My first car. Only had a bout 100,000 miles on it when I gave it up to get the Sonata. Grey Leather interior. Not too good on gas, but still a nice first car to have. Probably shoulda kept it considering what I could possibly of done to it.

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1996 Ford Explorer 2 Dr Sport SUV Used Cars in Davis, CA 95618

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Price: $1,499

Mileage: 167,069

Location: Davis, CA 95618

Certified Pre-Owned: No Transmission: 5-Speed Manual Color: Green Description: Used 1996 Ford Explorer 2 Dr Sport SUV for sale - $1,499, 167,069 miles
Avg. Dealer Rating: (2 reviews) "Highly recommend this dealer. Knowledgeable, courteous and friendly. "
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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Eddie Bauer 4WD SUV Used Cars in Laurel, 39440

Price: $700

Mileage: 247,500

Location: Laurel, 39440

Certified Pre-Owned: No Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic Color: Navy Blue Description: Used 1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Eddie Bauer 4WD SUV for sale - $700, 247,500 miles
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1997 Ford Explorer 2 Dr Sport 4WD SUV Used Cars in Erie, 61250

Price: $700

Mileage: 200,000

Location: Erie, 61250

Certified Pre-Owned: No Transmission: 3-Speed Automatic Overdrive Color: White Description: Used 1997 Ford Explorer 2 Dr Sport 4WD SUV for sale - $700, 200,000 miles with Alloy Wheels
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1996 Ford Explorer Used Cars in N Chesterfld, VA 23236

Price: $800

Mileage: 147,746

Location: N Chesterfld, VA 23236

Average time on market: 8 days Certified Pre-Owned: No Transmission: Automatic Color: Green Description: Used 1996 Ford Explorer for sale - $800, 147,746 miles
Avg. Dealer Rating: (14 reviews) "Car had check engine light on. Stalled 200 ft. from parking lot. Wouodn't restart. Never heard back."
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1998 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Used Cars in Easton, PA 18042

Price: $899

Mileage: 169,233

Location: Easton, PA 18042

Certified Pre-Owned: No Transmission: Automatic Color: Blue Description: Used 1998 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV for sale - $899, 169,233 miles with Alloy Wheels
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1998 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Limited AWD SUV Used Cars in Chambersburg, PA 17202

Price: $900

Mileage: 153,507

Location: Chambersburg, PA 17202

Certified Pre-Owned: No Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic Color: White Description: Used 1998 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Limited AWD SUV for sale - $900, 153,507 miles
Avg. Dealer Rating: (8 reviews) "I traveled from Chicago to purchase a pickup truck. The state of the car was just as the dealer described. Price was very reasonable and the dealer held his end of the deal. I recommend this place, Robert"
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1996 Ford Explorer Used Cars in Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Price: $903

Mileage: 158,475

Location: Spirit Lake, IA 51360

Average time on market: 8 days Certified Pre-Owned: No Color: Tan Description: Used 1996 Ford Explorer for sale - $903, 158,475 miles
Avg. Dealer Rating: (7 reviews) "They where great. I told them I would be there on a Friday but then called and said I was coming on Thursday and the salesman I was talking to came in on his day off. "
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1996 Ford Explorer Used Cars in Mcpherson, KS 67460

Price: $950

Mileage: 199,736

Location: Mcpherson, KS 67460

Average time on market: 8 days Certified Pre-Owned: No Description: Used 1996 Ford Explorer for sale - $950, 199,736 miles
Avg. Dealer Rating: (2 reviews) "They did not contact me concerning the status of my loan and left me hanging out in the Wind. My wife and I had to go back to the dealer to find out what the status was. So we spent the whole weekend wondering? So I will never buy a car from you guys if your service is like that. So please do not contact me."
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1998 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XL SUV Used Cars in Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Price: $990

Mileage: 242,968

Location: Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Certified Pre-Owned: No Transmission: Automatic Color: White Description: Used 1998 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XL SUV for sale - $990, 242,968 miles
Avg. Dealer Rating: (25 reviews) "Haven't yet purchased a vehicle, but this dealership responded promptly and politely to my questions."
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1996 Ford Explorer Used Cars in Philadelphia, PA 19149

Price: $995

Mileage: 200,000

Location: Philadelphia, PA 19149

Average time on market: 8 days Certified Pre-Owned: No Description: Used 1996 Ford Explorer for sale - $995, 200,000 miles
Avg. Dealer Rating: (7 reviews) "I have been on the search for a specific year Camaro with a specific Trim, features, and color. This dealer had exactly what I was looking for. So I reached out to them to get a little more detail about the car. I had sent a message through CarGurus and their own website, which checking the box on their website that I prefer being contacted by email. I had reached out Monday morning while at work. During the course of that day, they had called me 3 times and left one message. A little excessive, but fine. The next day I call back and talk to the person that left me a message. She didn't personally have any of the answers to my questions and kept putting me on hold to get the answers, which is fine. She asked me if I had the inventory number and didn't seem to be able to find the car at all at first when they had dropped the price the day before, so I knew they had it. She eventually finds it after having me on hold for a while. She then asks what do you want to know, and starts reading stats straight from the web page. I know all these things already. I ask if the car was certified pre- owned, since it was a 3 year old car with about 17,000 miles on it. She then tells me that all their cars are certified and checked out by their mechanics and they wouldn't have a car on their lot that wasn't in top condition. Typical dealer response, but that wasn't what I was asking. I wanted to know if it was Used or Certified Pre-Owned. There is a difference. She then said it was certified, yes. But I still didn't believe she understood what I was asking. I then ask her about what the "Internet price on used vehicles reflects a $5,000 trade in allowance. Exclusions may apply. See dealer for details" that is at the bottom of the web page for the car. I didn't understand what that could mean. Does the internet price then go up $5,000 if I don't have a trade in? She tells me that $6,000 trade in allowance means I would get $6,000 for my trade in right away, or of course I would get more if my car was worth more. I took that as I would get that much money for no matter what condition my car was in that I was trading in. I thought that was suspicious, a tactic to just get me in the door. And the website definitely said $5,000 not $6,000 but she said 6 more than once. She was really nice but seems very ill-informed. Wednesday comes around and I get another call from them, by someone else, asking if I was still interested and if I'd like to make an appointment. I missed the car due to being at work. I call back and left a message that I was interested and that I would be in about 7:30pm Thursday to check it out. Thursday comes, still haven't heard back. I called in the morning to make sure they knew I was coming to check out this car. I get a hold of someone, someone different that who I left a message with, and she tells me see you at 7:30. I get there around 7PM. This is where the real fun begins. I get to the dealer and I see the car sitting by the front door. I think great, they put it there, backed up into a space, like they prepped the car for me since they knew I was coming. I walk up to the vehicle. I see some personal belongings in the car, including a carton of cigarettes. I think that's odd. I then walk behind the vehicle and see a dealer license plate attached. I think that's odd as well. But I head inside, meet the person the talked to that morning. She pulls out paperwork and starts filling it out. I think it's just new customer stuff. As she's filling it out she says I hope you have some time, this process usually takes a few hours. I ask, "what process? I'm just checking out the car." She says, "oh, you're not buying this car right now?" Who walks into a dealership and just buys a car without even checking it out first? She seemed genuinely surprised. She then leaves to get the keys to the car, which takes an abnormally long time as I see her walking around talking to a number of other salesman. She eventually comes back with the keys and we head outside. I unlock the door, step in, and it REEKS of cigarette smoke. I see a pair of sunglasses sitting there, along with a lighter and phone charger. I realize, someone has been driving this thing like they own it. I check the miles, and they are up 4,500 miles from what is listed on the website! I know on cargurus, how long they have had the car, so things person has been driving this car 100 miles a day since they have had it, on average. I was not happy. She tells me that another salesman was "demoing" the car. For almost 2 months? Really? And smoking in this car that is apparently still for sale on the website! I ask if the car has been inspected and detailed. She says no, that's done after I purchase the car. I have never heard of a dealership doing that. That's backwards. You inspect it and detail it and then it's on the lot for sale. We go back inside to prep for a test drive. She was running around trying to find a plate to put on the car. I tell her, well, the car already has a plate... We eventually get back out there. We haven't even left the lot yet and the salesperson is already asking me about financing, again after asking me probably 3 times prior inside. We get into the street and to a red light. She then turns on the radio, changes the station and turns it up. If I wanted to check out the radio, I would have done so or asked about it. I turn it down and she starts asking me more about financing and if I had a trade in and if I had paid it off. Like the only subject she wanted to talk about at all. We get back to the lot. The car seems to run well, smooth ride. I was still interested, despite everything prior. I did really want this car. We go inside and sit down with the sales manager. He then immediately brings up financing. I then bring up why the car as way more miles that advertised and why it smells like smoke. He said the owner lets salesman demo cars. But a Camaro? And the owner allows them to put up that many miles on it? And smoke in the car that is for sale? He says "well, I don't know where he commutes from. Yes you do! You're his manager! And he basically struggles about the smoke and says "he's aren't supposed to do that." Wrong answer. He should have said something like he isn't allowed to do that and I'm going to talk to him about that right now. But he really didn't seem too concerned about it. I said smoke is almost impossible to take out of a car. He said "Then you're detailers have never done it right." I know people that have taken their cars to be detailed multiple times and it still took years of airing out to get rid of the smell. I've lost all trust in them at this point. I ask why the car isn't certified and he said that would cost extra and that's just an extra warranty. But I didn't want it certified because of warranties, I wanted it certified because of the 100 something point checklist they go through when certifying the car to confirm the car is in all good working condition. Some random person has been running it into the ground since it's been in their hands, and smoking it in. But he said otherwise, you buy the car as is. There is no way I am buying this car "as is" after all this. I then mention the $5,000 trade in. He says only if the car is worth that much or if you have that much left over on a loan on the car. That's not what I was told over the phone. He later tells me that the car has already been serviced, but the salesperson I had been dealing with said they don't do that until after the sale. At the end of it all, the sales manager tells me he will email me the service order on the car to get a better idea of what they have done to it in preparing to sell it. It has been several days and I have not heard one word from them. They used sleazy tactics to get me in the door. False information on their website. Everyone I talked to had a different answer than someone else. Dealers are pushy, but these guys are by far the most pushy I have ever experienced. I drove an hour and a half away to check this out, but they didn't prep the car at all when I got there. They had a full 3 days to prep this car for me. But they let the salesman still drive it like he owned it all that time. Even that Thursday, still didn't prep a single thing. They clearly didn't want the sale or to sell this car. Whoever is driving this around all the time, doesn't want it sold. I went there with the full expectation of buying that car, probably the next day after checking it out. But I am glad I went there first to check it out. What respectable dealership operates in this manner? Chevrolet should be ashamed and intervene as this makes their own brand look bad. Worst and most disappointing car shopping experience of my life. I would never, ever recommend this place to anyone. Their ideal customer is someone who has little knowledge in car shopping, who will just come by and buy a car without looking at it. A smart car shopper will have a poor experience here. This place is a joke. "
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1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Eddie Bauer 4WD SUV Used Cars in Germansville, PA 18053

Price: $995

Mileage: 187,287

Location: Germansville, PA 18053

Certified Pre-Owned: No Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic Color: Maroon Description: Used 1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Eddie Bauer 4WD SUV for sale - $995, 187,287 miles
Avg. Dealer Rating: (13 reviews) "Rating was based on response and promptness of response. "
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1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Eddie Bauer 4WD SUV Used Cars in Puyallup, WA 98373

Price: $995

Mileage: 282,120

Location: Puyallup, WA 98373

Certified Pre-Owned: No Transmission: 4-Speed Automatic Color: Black Clearcoat Description: Used 1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Eddie Bauer 4WD SUV for sale - $995, 282,120 miles
Avg. Dealer Rating: (7 reviews) "Very friendly and received good customer service and assistance with my concerns. Would definitely buy from them again. "
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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XL SUV Used Cars in Saint Petersburg, FL 33708

Price: $995

Mileage: 152,934

Location: Saint Petersburg, FL 33708

Certified Pre-Owned: No Transmission: Automatic Color: Green Description: Used 1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XL SUV for sale - $995, 152,934 miles
Avg. Dealer Rating: (7 reviews) "Very nice and honest about the truck but I found a better deal "
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1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XL 4WD SUV Used Cars in Butte, MT 59701

Price: $995

Mileage: 177,326

Location: Butte, MT 59701

Certified Pre-Owned: No Transmission: Automatic Color: Blue Description: Used 1997 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XL 4WD SUV for sale - $995, 177,326 miles
Avg. Dealer Rating: (11 reviews) "Very good experience. The man I talk to was very halpful and let me know what was wrong with vehicle. "
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1998 Ford Explorer 2 Dr Sport SUV Used Cars in Saint Petersburg, FL 33708

Price: $995

Mileage: 214,185

Location: Saint Petersburg, FL 33708

Certified Pre-Owned: No Transmission: Automatic Color: Green Description: Used 1998 Ford Explorer 2 Dr Sport SUV for sale - $995, 214,185 miles
Avg. Dealer Rating: (7 reviews) "I'm really happy, easy and helpful was Mike and also his staff. I bought a 2001 car and my friend (technician) told me, this's a well maintained and in good condition vehicle. Thank you and I will definitely do more business with Mike. "
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