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Ford Explorer Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 160 hp @ 4200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/18 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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Customer Reviews

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It starts, that's where it

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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.

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Very nice, but twitchy

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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.

Great car, would definitely buy

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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.

Like it but not sure

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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 miles.

Will never

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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.

I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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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What's New for 1998

The 1998 Ford Explorer gets a restyled tailgate.

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Gas Mileage


  • 14
  • cty
  • 18
  • highway
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