1997 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0 from North America
Piece of gunk
My complaint is with the 4.0 SOHC engine. Even with a properly tuned engine, the fuel mileage is horrible. These motors produce excellent power, but with gruesome consequences. The weakness in SOHC engines are the guide plates that the timing chain runs on. Typically around 100k, depending how hot and hard the motor was run, the plastic guide plates wear down and actually break, causing the timing chain to loosen up enough to throw the motor out of time, which results in bent valves. There is after market upgrades for the guide plates. Bad years are 96-01; Ford upgraded after 01.
If you have one of these ticking time bombs "EXPLODERS", you should hear a slight ticking noise before your bomb goes off.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 13th September, 2011