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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
126,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
1997 Ford Explorer drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1997 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

May 122008

Explorer 2 Door 4.0L V8 Sohc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles


OK ive only had this truck for half a year i bought it used it seemed like a really solid vehicle BUT one day i heard a reallllly bad wine/grinding from the back end of the car. It only happens when i let off the gas at 40mph and above and to get it to stop doing it I have to put it in neutral or step back on the gas. Can some one please help me with this it is getting quit annoying.

- , Kenosha, WI, USA

problem #1

Mar 202007

(reported on)

Explorer XLT 4.0

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

Never had a car with a shot rear differential. We currently have 147,000 miles, driving the vehicle for the last couple of years with the problem. It is time to unload or fix the noise in the rear. This problem has convince us NEVER to buy another FORD.

- , Newark, DE, USA

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