The Explorer is the best selling sport-ute on the market for a reason. A comfortable interior, three engine choices, and multiple trim levels mean that there is an Explorer for nearly any budget or lifestyle.
Abysmal gas mileage. Handling is sloppy in corners.
by Ellen on Jun 17, 2009 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV AWD
I bought this car last year, It had a bad AC when I bought it & I knew this. It only cost me $500 to repair & I have had no problems since. It has gotten me everywhere I go & the AC blows really cold now. I really like all the features it has. I just wish it had a better MPG. Only other problem is the keyless entry sometimes works & sometimes doesn't. Great Car!
by Midwest on Feb 24, 2009 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV AWD
Bought this from a credit union (repo) and have been having fun. Have done a lot of maintenance that you would expect at 125,000 miles. Shocks, water pump, tires, ball joints, etc. Now that it has what it needed, I would drive it cross country with no hesitation. It's good for it's age. Awesome in snow!
by Love to travel on May 28, 2007 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV AWD
Purchased 2 years old with 34,000 miles. Original flaws repaired under warranty by first owner, but had to take it in to redo the front differential pinion seal. Relatively few problems over 7 years and 70,000 miles: the usual DPFE failure, cruise control servo that went out at 100,000, squeaky bushing requiring replacement of an anti-wind up bar in the rear suspension, very short lived ignition wires - replaced twice. Major annoyance: disappearing display of the MACH radio - replaced the power board myself; otherwise a very expensive repair. Minor annoyance: squeaky front axle seals in cold weather. Overall, compared to other vehicles that I owned, a very reliable, almost trouble- free performer.
by Steve on Jul 10, 2006 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV AWD
I bought this used 1998 with 100,000 miles on the odometer. At the same time I purchased a 2000 with the SOHC V6. The V8 increases towing capacity by about 500lbs, but the fuel economy is awful (8 city/12 hwy) compared to the V6 (17 city/22 hwy). This vehicle had its fair share of squeaks, rattles, and other unsettling noises, yet had a very compliant ride and willing performance. I'm happy to report no troubles at all with this truck (excluding the poor fuel economy).
by Whatever on Dec 26, 2004 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV AWD
Bought it 67 months ago. No major problems. The radio was replaced, but nothing else. As long as you maintain it, expect no problems. Wish it was worth something for trade in. Will probably give it to family instead of trading it for peanuts!
by Fred M on Aug 2, 2003 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV AWD
Well, I still love the dumb thing, and
it's all been fun and for the most
reliable. I had a power steering hose
problem when I got it, and after a few
visits, the repair dealer in Torrington
Connecticut finally remembered to order
the damn part After that, ran great.But
like Little Big Man, she kept losing
parts. Rear door stopped unlocking
drivers side. Reach in and around. No
problemo. Then the climate control
system crashed, and for $1000, i'll keep
manually controlling the temp. Then the
front door lock started acting up around
100,000 miles so getting in and out is
strictly dukes of hazard. Getting a new
car, keeping this to trash.
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