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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
11,148 miles

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1997 Ford Explorer accessories - exterior problems

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1997 Ford Explorer Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Oct 202004

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have two 1997 Ford Explorer (an XLT and an eddie bauer) both vehicles have numerous problems with door latches and power locks. Occupants have been unable to exit the vehicles on several occasions due to inoperable handles and/or locks. I believe someone could become trapped in one of these vehicles in the event of an accident.

- Wyoming, PA, USA

problem #26

Jan 012004

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
Driver's side rear door could not be opened from the inside. Dealer was not notified at this time.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #25

Apr 282004

Explorer

  • miles
Driver and passenger side door locks will not lock or unlock. Rear window would be rolled down so that driver can enter and exit from the vehicle. Consumer drove the vehicle to dealer for inspection, and mechanic informed the consumer that this vehicle was not on recall.

- Zephyrhills, FL, USA

problem #24

Feb 012002

Explorer 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Rear doors won't open from inside and it is not the child deterrent lever on door, heating system overrides A/C heater sometimes dosen't work. Recline lever broke off.

- Dover, DE, USA

problem #23

Sep 052003

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer states rear doors will not lock or unlock due to latches breaking. Door latches had been repaired four times.

- Petersburg, IN, USA

problem #22

Jul 052003

Explorer 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Air conditioner does not cool and driver side lock does not work.

- Hermitage, TN, USA

problem #21

Feb 012001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Several months ago, the rear door latch stopped working from the inside. My child was unable to open the door to exit and the only way to open the door is from the outside. I believed that maybe something had gotten caught on the door handle to pull it too hard to cause it to break. The handle is no longer flush with the door, it extends out a little. Several months ago, I was speaking to my sons preschool teacher, who also owns a Ford Explorer (1996) and she too said that she had the same problem with her back handle. Today I talked with another Explorer owner (1997) who said that recently, in the same week, both door handles in the rear had broke in the same manner. Our concern is for our young children who in the event need to get out their door in an emergency, would be unable, unless someone opens from the outside.

- Mineral Ridge, OH, USA

problem #20

May 052001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
When I purchased this vehicle the back passenger door would not open from the inside and the child safety lock was not locked. The dealership fixed that for me, but now the driver side back door will not open. I think this is a big safety issue when you have children riding in the back seat. This time I have to pay $200 to get this fixed and I shouldn't have too. If I were to have an accident and my 7 and 9 year olds are in the back seat the one that is setting behind me cannot get out. This is a big concern to me. I have been in an accident before where my door would not open and that was the scariest feeling of my life. I think someone needs to check into the door assembly and make sure that it is sturdy and durable.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #19

May 052001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
When I purchased this vehicle the back passenger door would not open from the inside and the child safety lock was not locked. The dealership fixed that for me, but now the driver side back door will not open. I think this is a big safety issue when you have children riding in the back seat. This time I have to pay $200 to get this fixed and I shouldn't have too. If I were to have an accident and my 7 and 9 year olds are in the back seat the one that is setting behind me cannot get out. This is a big concern to me. I have been in an accident before where my door would not open and that was the scariest feeling of my life. I think someone needs to check into the door assembly and make sure that it is sturdy and durable.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #18

Feb 012001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Several months ago, the rear door latch stopped working from the inside. My child was unable to open the door to exit and the only way to open the door is from the outside. I believed that maybe something had gotten caught on the door handle to pull it too hard to cause it to break. The handle is no longer flush with the door, it extends out a little. Several months ago, I was speaking to my sons preschool teacher, who also owns a Ford Explorer (1996) and she too said that she had the same problem with her back handle. Today I talked with another Explorer owner (1997) who said that recently, in the same week, both door handles in the rear had broke in the same manner. Our concern is for our young children who in the event need to get out their door in an emergency, would be unable, unless someone opens from the outside.

- Mineral Ridge, OH, USA

problem #17

May 162001

(reported on)

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Passenger's rear door will not open from inside even without child proof lock on.

- Deridder, LA, USA

problem #16

May 102000

Explorer

  • miles
The drivers rear door lock is inoperative. Nlm

- La Grange, KY, USA

problem #15

Jan 012001

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Door lock will not operate with inside lock buttons or hand remote locks.

- Blountville, TN, USA

problem #14

Dec 232000

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
A year ago my door locks started to cycle up and down without my help. The dealer replaced the module but it continues to do it but only about once a month. It is hard to take it in when it is happening because it stops and does not do it again for a long time. At times it will go on for 10 minutes.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #13

Jun 011999

Explorer

  • miles
Lock system on both rear passenger doors have failed such that neither door can be opened from the interior of the vehicle. Obvious safety hazard if rear passengers must exit from the vehicle quickly.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #12

Sep 271999

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Both back doors will not open from the inside. Child safety locks are not on. This is the second Ford Explorer I have owned and I had the same problem with the other one. A Ford dealer has acknowledged that they have sold numerous parts to correct this particular problem. This newer model has a feature where the doors automatically lock when you reach a certain speed(5mph?). I feel like this could be hazardous because you have to rely on the driver to open the doors and it cannot be done without first unlocking them. If the vehicle was on fire, this problem would delay the time that the passengers in the back seat could be safely removed from the vehicle..

- Austin, AR, USA

problem #11

May 151998

Explorer

  • miles
Consumer experiencing ongoing problem with door closing improperly. Vehicle been in/out dealer on three occasions and codition still occurring.

- Steudenville, OH, USA

problem #10

Nov 051999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
The rear doors will not open from the inside. Occupants have opened doors from the outside. Dealer has not seen vehicle.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #9

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Door lock.

- Brea, CA, USA

problem #8

Sep 081999

(reported on)

Explorer

  • miles
Both rear passenger doors continuousley will not open from inside, causing safety hazard.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

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