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1997 Explorer Base Utility Specs

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1997 Explorer Base Utility Specs

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3,996 cc 4 liters 60° V 6 front longitudinal engine with 100.3 mm bore, 84.3 mm stroke, 9 compression ratio, cast iron block, cast iron head, overhead valve, automatic valve adjustment and two valves per cylinder
Unleaded fuel
Fuel consumption: EPA urban (mpg): 18 and country/highway (mpg): 23
Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 23 and EPA city (mpg): 18
Multi-point injection electronic fuel system
21 gallon main fuel tank
Power: 119 kW , 160 HP @ 4,200 rpm; 225 ft lb @ 2,800 rpm
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Four-wheel ABS
3.27:1 axle ratio
Rear differential lock
Four disc brakes including two ventilated discs
Fullsize steel rim under body spare wheel
Wishbone front suspension independent with stabilizer bar and torsion springs , beam rear suspension rigid with stabilizer bar and leaf springs
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Chrome integrated front and rear bumpers with rubbing strip
Chrome/bright trim
Coefficient of drag: 0.43
Driver and passenger externally adjustable black door mirrors
External dimensions: overall length (inches): 188.5, overall width (inches): 70.2, overall height (inches): 66.8, ground clearance (inches): 6.7, wheelbase (inches): 111.5, front track (inches): 58.8, rear track (inches): 58.6, curb to curb turning circle (feet): 37.3, 28 and 1.1
Mechanical foldable mirrors
Single conventional lens halogen bulb headlights
Gloss paint , metallic paint , black paint
Driver side and passenger side fixed rear side windows
Swing-out rear window
Black rear step
Tinted glass
Weights: gross vehicle weight rating (lbs) 5,340, curb weight (lbs) 3,939, gross trailer weight braked (lbs) 6,700, gross trailer weight unbraked (lbs) 1,500, front axle weight (lbs) 2,650, rear axle weight (lbs) 3,200, max payload (lbs) 1,401, max roof rack load (lbs) 100 and max tongue load (lbs) 350
Two-speed windshield wipers with fixed intermittent wipe
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CFC free liquid air conditioning
Fixed mast antenna
Front ashtray
Stereo two-band audio system with AM/FM, seek, front/rear fader and tape logic deck
Cargo area dimensions: length (inches): 73.3, front width (inches): 52.3, width between arches (inches): 41.9, height (inches): 33.7, loading floor height (inches): 28.1, loadspace volume (cu ft): 81.6 and measurement standard: manufacturer's own
Cargo area light
Cargo capacity: rear seat up; to lower window (cu ft): 42.6, rear seat down; to lower window (cu ft): 81.6, rear seat down (cu ft): 81.6, all seats in place (cu ft): 42.6 and all seats removed (cu ft): 81.6
Rear lift gate cargo doors
Front seats cigar lighter
Digital clock
Delayed/fade courtesy lights with five switches
Door ajar warning
Floor covering: carpet in passenger compartment and carpet in load area
Driver and passenger front airbag
Bucket reclining driver and passenger seat with fore/aft adjustment
Height adjustable 3-point reel front seat belts on driver seat and passenger seat
Illuminated glove compartment with lid
Head restraints on front seats , height adjustable head restraints on rear seats
Illuminated entry system on interior
Internal dimensions: front headroom (inches): 39.8, rear headroom (inches): 39.3, front hip room (inches): 51.9, rear hip room (inches): 51.7, front leg room (inches): 42.4, rear leg room (inches): 37.7, front shoulder room (inches): 57.1 and rear shoulder room (inches): 56
Power steering
Front reading lights
3-point reel rear seat belts on driver side and passenger side
Three asymmetrical split bench front facing rear seats with zero adjustments
Rear view mirror
Front seat back storage
Seating: five seats
Vinyl seat upholstery with additional vinyl
Four speaker(s)
Plastic steering wheel
Tachometer
Passenger vanity mirror with cover
Ventilation system with four fan speeds
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