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

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1997 Ford Explorer electrical problems

electrical problem

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1997 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #5

Jun 012001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Vehicle stalled at 25 mph, also, when going over a small bump rpms went up to 4000-5000. Mechanic thought vehicle stalling was an electrical problem, not taken to dealer yet.

- Morley, MO, USA

problem #4

May 122001

Explorer 4WD

  • miles
Approx 1 month ago, vehicle failed just after leaving the freeway and had to be towed to dealer. The problem was found to be the main fuse controlling all drive-train components, including computer, fuel injectors, transmission, etc. The dealer ( harris Ford) could not find the cause after two days of investigation. I was returned the vehicle with two extra 30 amp fuses (and a $500 bill) in case the problem recurred. Approx. Two weeks later, the vehicle again died, this time in portland, or. Fortunately it did not happen on the freeway, since all power was lost when the engine died. The vehicle has been at a portland dealer for the past week, again with no explanation of the cause. Despite the fact that the vehicle will not run, and I have an esp, Ford nor its dealers will commit to covering repairs under warranty. Had this happened at freeway speed of 60 or 70 mph, a serious accident could occur, potentially with fatal injuries.

- Bothell, WA, USA

problem #3

Aug 221999


  • miles
When starting vehicle up, and about two minutes afterwards there was smoke coming from the steering wheel column which caught on fire. Consumer was able to put the fire out.

- Levittown, NY, USA

problem #2

Feb 251997


  • miles
Electrical problems with door control panel continually.

- Litchfield, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 201997

Explorer 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving vehicle lost power completely and could not be restarted, without warning, in for repairs.

- Hillside, NJ, USA

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