Originally Posted by silrturbo
i thinking about buying a 97 ford explorer XLT with 110k for 3,000 dollars
any opinions on the V6 engine? thanks!
The 4.0 OHV engine is solid, if a little underpowered. It gained about 20HP in '97 but is still far from a rocket. It will last a long time if well maintained. Nuisance oil leaks are not uncommon but nothing that will dump massive amounts.
I would be a lot more concerned with the following:
1) The A4LD auto trans is a weak point. If the fluid has not been changed a couple of times by now, I would expect problems soon.
2) Ford had a big problem with the HVAC blend doors in many models around this time. The door itself is not made out of the best material and become brittle over time. The electric motor then breaks the shaft and it gets stuck in one postition or the other. To fix it properly requires the entire duct to be replaced for which the whole dash must come out.
Most dealers quote prices over $1000. I replaced just the door in my mom's '96 through the firewall but it was a bitch of a job and you still have to buy the whole duct. It requires evacutation of the R134 and removal of the receiver/drier unless #3 has already happened. Do a web search and you get plenty of horror stories.
3) The receiver/drier is made of painted steel and Ford chose to wrap it in some adhesive-backed neoprene-like material. This material holds the inevitable condensation against the r/d and causes rust. Evenually pinholes develop and bye-bye refrigerant. If you replace it, make sure to peel off the insulation to prevent it from recurring.
4) Electric transfer case motors are prone to failure,especially when not used much. Not as huge deal as used replacements are plentiful.
Otherwise, a well kept 4.0 Exploder should give be able to go 200K without falling apart. It will drink plenty of gas while doing so.
Good luck and let us know if you get it.