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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Ford Explorer Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 160 hp @ 4200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Ford Explorer

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  • Pros

    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.

  • Cons

    Abysmal gas mileage. Handling is sloppy in corners.

  • What's New for 1998

    The 1998 Ford Explorer gets a restyled tailgate.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
/
  • 20
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Loved my explorer

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV

I have owned my Explorer for nearly 10 years. I bought it used and have virtually put very little money into it except for usual wear and tear. This is a great family vehicle it is great when you need to carry large loads. This is a vehicle I will recommend to anyone. If you keep up with regular maintenance you will have a great vehicle for years to come. Snow is no match for this truck nothing stands in it's way. I am giving it to my nephew so that he will have a vehicle he can rely on while he is just starting out and I am sure it will last him until he gets on his feet just as it has for me and my family.



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Excellence

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV

I own a 1998 Ford Explorer and it has been a very reliable vehicle. Has a 2 inch lift, Duel Thrush Tube Exhaust, and Cooper STT tires on it, as i go offroding/muddin with it a fair amount. Used as a daily driver. It is a great vehicle and has done everything iv wanted it to do. Iv only had to put new brakes, roters ect. on it, as you would any vehicle.




Will always love it!

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV

I'm the original owner and primary driver-it's been flawless other than a new A/C in 2003 ($750). Live in FL, but have driven it often to/from/in NC mountains and it was great w/the manual transmission, made it tons o' fun. Decent mileage for an SUV (22/19 mpg). Oil is changed every 3,000 mi. Had 3 sets of tires-Goodrich lasts longest-Goodyear the least and the most flats (too soft). Replaced one out of round wheel ($450) under warranty. Minor leaks in back fixed windows. No rollovers (driver error in my opinion & I'm a woman). Exterior finish and wheels are still shiny (we wax). Bought vinyl liner for cargo area and excellent mats--a great investment. My previous vehicle? Manual'88 BroncoII




98 exprorer sport

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV

Bought new, and have had no significant problems after 10 years and 90000 miles. Gas mileage averages 20 overall, with about 22 on the hwy. Very comfortable for long trips.




Wow

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV

I bought a 98 explore sport with 98,000 miles so i know it would have some wear and tear but not like this. The jirst month i had it the trans went then the U joiints. I got them fixed then the rear went and to top it off i only was getting 16 miles to the gallon



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98 2dr sport 5 speed

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV

Purchased from a family member two years ago. I've had to replace ABS speed sensor and both 02 sensors (FYI: if your ABS light is on in your Explorer then it's about a 90% chance you just need a very inexpensive speed sensor which can be replaced in under fifteen minutes). The car has otherwise been reliable. Ride quality and handling are decent. Performance is lacking in the OHV 4.0 liter especially from a standing start. It's a lot of heft to get rolling afterall. Once your up to speed, performance is actually quite decent.



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Full 1998 Ford Explorer Review

What's New for 1998

The 1998 Ford Explorer gets a restyled tailgate.

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Talk About The 1998 Explorer

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kkohler13
kkohler13
09-26-2014
I have a 1998 Ford Explorer Sport. My check engine light is on. I ran the code checker and it popped up three codes. One is showing an issue with the fuel/air mixture and recommends replacing O2 senso...


juschecking
juschecking
11-23-2013
I would like to purchase the 2014 Explorer to replace my 1998 Mountaineer but am unsure as to how the new electronically controlled drive train will function in deep, loose sand. With my current vehi...


i20west
i20west
12-07-2006
My 1998 Explorer XLT has 170,000 miles on it. I get a full tune-up every 50k (change all the fluids and spark plugs), get the oil changed every 3,000 miles and have only had one major problem (rear di...



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