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 Welderman on Jun 19, 2009 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV AWD
The Eddie Bauer AWD Explorer is a reliable car if properly maintained. I have never had problems with the drive train or engine (88,000 miles). It gets an honest 18.7 mpg at 55-65mph and the car is over 10 years old. My major maintenance was replacing rusted brake lines and rear brakes when they failed from corrosion. I'm big so I find it very comfortable, especially the leather bucket seats as do passengers in the back seats. The A/C is used a lot in the South and it works great. Change the oil every 5000 miles and change the transmission oil every 50,000 miles. Flush the radiator out when you change the transmission oil and it will last a long time. Built Ford tough.
by blasterrat on Feb 1, 2008 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV AWD
A great auto. Good gas mi.16/21, lots of cargo room, good design. Parts are expensive. Never been stuck and I do a lot of off roading. I would definetly buy another if I could afford, new price is ridiculous. Overall i am really impressed by this truck.
by Chuck on Jan 5, 2007 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV AWD
My EB has 130,000 on it now. Have had typical problems that would be found on any vehicle regardless of the make. Brakes, shocks, squeaks and rattles, etc. All of these things I consider normal for an older vehicle. Ball joints are a problem and very expensive because they're part of the entire upper control arm assembly. Replacement is fairly easy for a backyard mechanic, but $200 labor for each side from a dealer wouldn't be out of the question. Gas mileage is better than my best friend's V6 EB. I average 22 hwy and 17 city. Keep the vehicle well cared for and it will treat you well. Overall, I'm very satisfied and would gladly buy another.
by trathgeber on Nov 12, 2003 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV AWD
My '98 Eddie Bauer is a great vehicle.
It hauls all I need it to, has proven
to be reliable and looks great. The
features on this truck have spoiled me
(power everything, auto headlights,
steering wheel controls, push button
entry, great stereo, etc.) The V8 is
very strong whether you're hauling or
playing with some kid in a Honda
Civic. I recommend it to someone
looking for a TRUCK based SUV!
by Vinguy on Jun 4, 2003 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV AWD
We bought this vehicle used and it has
performed well. We wanted a heavy
(this one weighs in at 5,000 lb)
vehicle that would be crash worthy and
weight is king of physics you know.
Drives expectedly. Opted for the V8
and AWD because you never know and who
can pass up the rumble of Ford's 302 ci
engine? It has been reliable with no
mechanical aggravation. It's clear why
there are so many on the road.
Affordable to purchase and own.
by Disatisfied Explorer on Dec 13, 2002 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV AWD
I have owned my Explorer for 5 years;
it only has 61K miles. In the past
year I have spent $4,000 in repair
bills that were not covered by warranty
They include replacing the following
(1) the front drive shaft; (2) the air
ride control module, not to mention the
4 times I took it to the dealer because
the warning light kept coming back on;
(3) a front shock; (4) the O2 sensor;
(5) the solenoid; (6) the rear pinion,
axle and carrier bearings; and (7) the
rear pinion seal,twice. This is worst
vehicle I have ever owned!
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