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1998 Ford Explorer SUV

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Ford Explorer Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.0 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 215 hp @ 4200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/17 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

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Most dependable car i've ever

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD

I will keep this short. I have owned this vehicle since 1999 with about 20K miles on it. It now has 225K miles on it. Other than common perishable parts like tires and brakes, I have had to replace the 02 sensor, the alternator, the exhaust (because it rusted through the cats), and the gas filler fuel neck (because I broke it getting too rough with the gas hose). Most all of these went near the 200K mile mark. That is IT. You wanna talk about a reliable vehicle worth the money? I either got a really good one, or Ford built these right.




Pushed limits

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD

I have owned my explorer for 2 years now and have not had to deal with any major problems. I did learn the hard way that the o-ring from the oil filter can occasionally get stuck and has to be peeled off. In the last 2 years I have managed to put on nearly 40K miles, between driving to and from school (about 150miles round trip)and pizza delivery. Slightly bothered by the less that stellar gas mileage, but on the highway I have gotten 20+ mpg a few times. Strongly recommend to anyone needs a decent amount of space in their car. Also, after surviving through 2 winters, I have no complaints, snow is not an issue. This car can easily modified without affecting its electrical system




Overall, reliable

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD

I have owned this truck for a few years and it has never given me any MAJOR problems. A small electrical problem with the drivers door lock and recently replaced the vent blower moter, but other than some small normal wear'n'tear repairs, it always gets me where I need to go. 189,000+ miles and running strong.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

More reliable than my lexus

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD

Purchased used 75000 miles ago




Perfect exp

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD

I love this vehicle! It's 10 years old now and I only have 84000 miles on it! I drove it from MN to CA towing a trailer and it was fine! I never want to give it up! When the rest of my family all has new cars I just want to keep mine. The only thing was the airconditioning needed to be recharged. It's a forever keeper even in this fuel shortage economy.




Comfortable, but costing in repairs/gas

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD

I love the design and comfort of driving this SUV. I've used the 4wd fairly often. With recent gas price hikes, though, it's become impractical and I'm looking for something with much better fuel economy. I've also had to make various repairs over the last year.



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What's New for 1998

The 1998 Ford Explorer gets a restyled tailgate.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 12
  • cty
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  • 17
  • highway
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