1997 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0 SOHC from North America
Very fast depreciation for a mediocre SUV.
Dual side oxygen sensor failure.
Timing chain tensioner broke.
Transfer case failure.
Exhaust bracket weld failure.
Check engine light w/o codes.
Generally this vehicle is powerful, nimble and full of features. It has been best on winding mountain roads in moderately bad weather (heavy rain, wind and light snow/slush). It's highway manners are mediocre and generally not comfortable over long distance driving.
Severely affected by highway crosswinds in excess of 70 mph. Prone to over-steer and dramatic response to sudden steering input. Don't swerve!
Sudden failures without prior indication of trouble have made it untrustworthy and very inconvenient.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 15th July, 2003
8th Mar 2006, 20:19
Sounds like you got the ONE that rolled off the assembly line dutring a strike when "temp" workers had to fill in, it happens!!! My '97 XLT with 4.0 is an excellent truck with NO problems. It has 150 K miles and still runs like it's "almost" new. I've taken really good care of it, but have never babied it. The key is MAINTENANCE!!!
9th Mar 2006, 09:36
Well, given the Explorer design has been linked to thousands of deaths it's not surprising these things roll any chance they get.
I wouldn't put my worst enemy in one of those deathtraps.
9th Mar 2006, 14:12
Its not just ford, but ALL suvs which are prone to rolling.
Of course the truck is going to move in crosswinds seeing as the sides of it are rather tall and flat... Does that make any sense? Plus it has a lot of weight up high on a narrow chassis so its very probable that it will flip when swerving.
Its just a given with this type of vehicle.
21st Oct 2008, 22:26
I bought a 1997 Explorer March of 08. The first problems that started were the rear inside door handles breaking. Then both the front window motors went out. Then in the summer on really hot days it wouldn't start, just turn-over. Other than that, it is a good ride.