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ANY opinions on a 97 FORD explorer?

i thinking about buying a 97 ford explorer XLT with 110k for 3,000 dollars

any opinions on the V6 engine? thanks!
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ROFLMAO!!!! You getting ROBBED!!!!!
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how much should it be worth? thanks
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ROFLMAO!!!! You getting ROBBED!!!!!
If it is in good condition, $3,000 is more than fair, in fact it is on the low side for a 1997 XLT with those miles.
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any opinions on the V6 engine? thanks!
It'll be the 4.0L V6.

Good, reliable, very torquey, truck motor.
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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.
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thanks guy for help! i was looking at a 98 durango too, hmmm....dodge...or ford...

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if it has the 4.0, I have a 97 Ranger w/ the 4.0

Engine overall isn't too bad. however the egr valve in this thing goes to shit every 50k miles or so. And that is an expensive fix. when it goes bad the engine will idle really rough and surge and buck, so if it is going bad, you will know it. also when it goes, it leaks exhaust into the engine compartment which the fumes attack anyghing metal. I got some serious rust on some of the unpainted items under the hood that were in the vicinity of the egr valve.

Another thing is this truck has always had problems w/ the ABS. from Day 1. My parents bought it brand new and they had the ABS repaired under warrenty a couple of times and 4 or 5 times out of warranty. The ABS light came on again 2 weeks after I bought it off of them. for now I am saying the Hell with it..

but for power and driving, my ranger isnt too bad.

Some of the things that I need to do w/ my 4.0 is change the valve cover gaskets. they leak quite badly. I have 109k on mine right now, so these are some things to look at.

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The Transmission in them is not a4ld it is 5r55e. The A4ld's were total junk a c-3 with overdrive. the c-3 was used in pinto's. the a4ld is infamous for failing like a 2.7 chrysler engine. The 5r55e's were much improved but still have their shar of issues. look www.explorerforum.com for more info. The last year for the a4ld was 1994. The 4.0 liter engine is great i have one with 200,000 and it runs great... transmission that's another story...
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Tony (ChicagoTRS) drives a '97 I believe with around 150+k, he may be able to give some insight as well...
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The Transmission in them is not a4ld it is 5r55e. The A4ld's were total junk a c-3 with overdrive. the c-3 was used in pinto's. the a4ld is infamous for failing like a 2.7 chrysler engine. The 5r55e's were much improved but still have their shar of issues. look www.explorerforum.com for more info. The last year for the a4ld was 1994. The 4.0 liter engine is great i have one with 200,000 and it runs great... transmission that's another story...
Thanks for the correction. I actually meant to call it a 4R55E but I would have been wrong anyway. I've been involved way too many Rangers and Explorers and I can't keep the details straight sometimes. When I get done parting my '90, I'm done with these for good. Don't get me wrong, I really like the 1st and 2nd gen Explorers, I'm just kind of burned out on them.

Bear-man is right, the 5R is stronger than the earlier designs, but the electronically controlled valvebody can still be troublesome and you might be looking at an EPC solenoid soon.

Don't know too much about the Durango so I can't help you much. I've had a few as rentals over the year and each one got horrific mileage. Definitely something to consider these days.
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My wife drives a 96 Explorer XLT, it is the 5.0 AWD setup so it's slightly different but I can tell you that this has been the most trouble free vehicle we have ever had. Since new it has only had two repairs done (outside of usual brakes, tires, etc) and both of those repairs were dealer handled recall items.

Right now the truck has 110K and I have no doubt at all that it will go over 200K with only routine maint. done to it
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also a side note (and one i make huge amounts of cash from) ball joint replacement is a common thing,, but then its also common on the dodges,,,,
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As pointed out, the transmission is a problem for any 1990's ford product. Hell, my Sable is on its second A4XN. Ford transmissions don't have a 'Limp mode' like Chrysler transmissions. So when they fail, they fail!
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