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 colonelredsock on Sep 7, 2008 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV 4WD
I bought this vehicle (91k miles) for the 4wd, which works just fine. I'm now around 150k miles, some suspension problems. What's most frustrating has to be all the little things. Here's the list: rear wiper, oustide temp on mirror, Cruise control, led lights on/around cd player (had to replace with aftermarket cd player), lights no longer come on when you open doors, levers on both seats broke, fog lights don't work, headlights occasionally short out while on the road, all door locks work occasionally at best, I've had to replace upper and lower joints, passenger mirror fell out! All this and not to mention it gets lousy gas mileage. I get 15 mpg if I'm lucky.
by Wes on Dec 31, 2006 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV 4WD
We purchased the Explorer in 2004, with only 62,000 miles. It was joy a drive, and very comfortable, but I wondered why so low mileage. Did not take long to figure it out. It's almost possessed in terms of twitchy issues. When it's hot outside (which is 6 months a year in Vegas) the car will sometimes just not start, then wait 5 to 10 minutes and it will. The mechanic was baffled, but after researching it online, discovered it's a vapor lock in the fuel pump or pressure sensor. $800 to replace it according to the dealer. In the winter the excluder seals whistle. According to Ford it is a noise not a defect, but would cost $1500 to make it go away. but when it's not acting up it's a blast to drive.
by JBoge on May 5, 2005 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV 4WD
I purchased my Explorer Sport new and currently have 172,500 miles and counting. It has been a great car and virtually maintenance free. After 160,miles, I had to replace the brakes, front shocks and ball joints. Changed the shift motor twice and I have some rust on the rear bumper and running boards. Other than that, it is as good as the day I bought it.
by Jalbs on Jun 4, 2004 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV 4WD
I teh SUV used with 58,000
miles on it. I had to replace the
breaks and rotars at 65K, replace the
original battery at 75K and at 80K I
needed new ball joints. The stereo
system is junk. The CD player shorted
out 5 months after I bought it and
there is a loose
connection some where in the wire
running to the rear speakers which
causes them work about 25% of the
time. I have driven it about 400 mile
from Boston to Rochester, NY about 10
times now (3 times with a full cargo
bed) and and very pleased with the
truck. I'm just worried to see what
is going to go wrong in another 10,000
by kiiknzonka on Jan 19, 2004 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV 4WD
10K in repairs in 3
years. Seriously not kidding here. A
drivers seat that breaks off the floor
mount bracket and falls back, numerous
ball joint, pinion seal, bearing
replacements, seal leaks, differential
leaks, drive train replacement, a radio
that has a mind of it's own (which
means it usually doesn't work, LED that
petered out at year 2, high pitch
squeeling from the rear passenger seat
heater fan, and the list does go on
further. My last vehicle was a Toyota
pick-up that I owned for 16 years. In
that time, I changed tires twice,
installed a new set of brakes, and
changed the oil regularly.
by C. Marks on Dec 20, 2003 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV 4WD
bought it used with 84000 mi on it,
drove it to NC and back with no
problems at all!!! all my friends love
it. love the "on the fly" 4wd. the only
thing i wish was for better gas
milage...thats about it. great SUV.
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