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1998 Ford Explorer SUV

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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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  • Safety
  • 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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

I loved this truck

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer XL 4dr SUV 4WD

I drove this truck for 7 months with NO problem..purchased it with 125k miles, it was so convenient, and wasn't that bad on gas even though when i bought it the truck hadn't been taken care of, with an oil change, and tune up ran like a dream, got around in our bad winter here with no problem at all, I had to sell it due to financial situation, and SO badly miss it, am actually looking for another one, this was the first one I'd ever owned but am now an Explorer fan, my sister has one the same year, with 226k miles and never hesitates to drive it all over the country. AWESOME truck!

Ford tough for me

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer XL 4dr SUV 4WD

I was always a Honda Toyota guy. Then I bought the explorer and has been very reliable. Just maintanence, and I believe that is the key with any car. Some people get angry if their ball joints or suspension parts fail but you have to consider they are a part of regular maintanence. In the past I bought a couple Honda's that had everything wrong with them a week after the purchase simply because of lack of maintanence. So from now on I only buy cars with maintanence reports. Which makes sense if someone goes to the trouble of keeping all those records they must have taken good care of the vehicle. Most of the time those are the vehicles with Nice and clean interiors.

Great running vehicle

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer XL 4dr SUV 4WD

We bought used in 2006. It had 75,000 on it. We have not had a problem one with the vehicle. It's very dependable. We have driven 2 or 3 times back and forth from Michigan to Florida and from Florida to Missouri once. We have put tires on it once and replaced rear brakes in 2008. We would definitely buy another Explorer! The rear seats could be a little more comfortable, but other than that - we love it!

Okay, but no more fords

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer XL 4dr SUV 4WD

As a family who buys new cars and drives them into the ground, I should not complain about the Explorer. I bought this car new in 1998 for about $20,600. At the time this was a very good deal. It was the base model with 5 speed and no roof rack, rear wiper or rear defrost. Good service with no work done until about 80K. It then started eating brakes like candy. Intake manifold went at 90K, and cost $600 to fix at a reasonably priced mechanic. Replaced a front axle hub for $300. Shouldn't be complaining at 107K, but no resale value and my two other vehicles are at 110K '92 Dodge Pickup and 195K - 91 Chrysler. Both still going strong. No more Fords, bought an Xterra.

Well it,s a ford!

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer XL 4dr SUV 4WD

I hated Ford since the purchase date because they promised repainting due to "acid rain issue" but never followed through. Overall my XL served well but no options causes a quick lack of interest. Choose wisely.

Hits where it hurts

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer XL 4dr SUV 4WD

Purchased for way below book and made up the difference in repairs. Power steering, torshion bars, shocks, ignition and ABS all repaired in 14 months. Every 3 months I was in getting something else fixed. $2000 out the window. Anyone want to buy a Ford?

Full 1998 Ford Explorer Review

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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