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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
178,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. rebuilt transmission (1 reports)
1997 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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1997 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 192009

Explorer Sport 4x4 4.0L V6 Sohc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 178,000 miles


I bought the truck August 99" with 24K on it as a lease truck. Oil change every 3K and periodic fluid replacement every year.

The truck ran well up to 178,000. The gear started sticking, brought it to AAMCO and they rebuild the trans, cost me$3500 that lasted 32K. First the reverse went out about a month ago (May 2011) then the Drive went out June 20, 2011. How long does rebuilt trans last anyway? This one lasted 32K about 2 1/2 years after it was rebuilt. AAmco on Rockville Pike and Wootton Pkwy.. Spoke with the owner named Keith.. he can't do anything about it.. "lots of moving parts".. he said.. A ford is a Ford I guess. Is there a better year and model out there?? Looking to give Ford Explorer another chance..

- , Potomac, MD, USA

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