1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0 from North America
Over all, I am extremely satisfied with Ford
I bought my V6 97 Explorer used, back in 2000. It had 103,000 miles on the odometer.
Now 6 years later, it has more than 307,000 miles. This truck does not smoke has never leaked oil, and has never had any major mechanical problems. The fuel pump gave out at about the 200,000-mile mark, but once replaced the truck was up and running again. Air conditioner went out at 250,000.
I change the engine oil and filter on this truck about every 10,000 miles and change the transmission oil every 50,000. The only oil I use in my truck is Castrol Full Synthetic Oil, 10w30 for winter months, 10w40 for the summer and Mobil 1 Full Synthetic Transmission Oil. Sure Full Synthetic oil is more expensive, but in the long run it will save you lots of money on engine and transmission repairs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th March, 2006
20th Apr 2006, 15:29
I have a question for you, since you have drive your car for more than 200 k miles...
When you drive your car in the city or on traffic, the over-drive light must be on or Off??
I just bought an explorer...thanks.
20th Apr 2006, 19:45
Only turn overdrive off if the tranny is constantly "hunting" for gears by upshifting and downshifting too much. Or if you're towing something.
For most city/traffic driving you can keep overdrive on.