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1998 Ford Explorer

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it's a truck after all...
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By ol_man_ed
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Vehicle

1998 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV


Review

i hear a lot of complaints about the gas mileage, just remember before you complain, that it is a truck after all. If you want gas mileage one should buy a Civic or some lil car like that. Rear wiper kinda stinks though, it only actually wipes about 20% of the back glass. Can't really say much bad stuff though, it's fun to drive, and a SUV with a standard tranny (i love it). All in all it's a good truck, just don't expect to go without spending some money on gas, like you would with a lil four banger.


Best Features

Stick shift, 2 door, reliable.


Worst Features

Fix the rear wiper.


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Lemon
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By JD
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Vehicle

1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

Purchased the car with 53,000 miles from a dealer. Within a month the transfer case was leaking which was replaced by the dealer. At 78,000 had to replace the heads due to coolant disappearing. At 82,000 unable to control the temperature, full blast heat. To fix this problem the dashboard must be taken out to get to the heater box to replace the damaged part at a cost of $1,100. The mechanic stated that this is a common problem with Ford Explorers. Terrible gas mileage; in town 14-15 mpg, highway 17-18 mpg. Owned many Fords before, this one has been the worst.


Best Features

It is a comfortable vehicle and spacious. You feel safe when driving it.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage. Change the heater control to a more reliable setup.


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Start your Repair Fund Now
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By Wulf
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Vehicle

1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV


Review

We've had nothing but problems with this car. The electrical systems fail constantly. We've had problems with the lights, the brakes, the turn signals, the power doors, the transmission, and the gauges.


Best Features

The leather interior is nice. We live in the desert where temps can be 120, but the seats stay cool. The kids have their own A/C controls in the back, too. One-touch button rolls down the driver window, without holding it down - a nice feature at the drive-through.


Worst Features

One-touch button to roll the window back up would be nice. Fix the electrical problems!


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Great Vehicle
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By JRR
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1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV


Review

I was very hesitant buying an American made vehicle, but the Explorer has proven to be very reliable. It rides and handles decently for a truck-based vehicle, and is very quiet on the road.


Best Features

I think it's the perfect size; is very maneuverable in traffic, handles very well, and is quiet.


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The original and maybe the best
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By Wiredpair
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1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD


Review

Purchased my XLT AWD Explorer last year and so far, no complaints. The 5.0L 302CID is a tried and true motor and it doesn't disappoint here. I've found it be very responsive when needed and it certainly outperformed my '96 Grand Cherokee with 4.0 I-6 engine. The AWD drive system is engaged at all times and if you have previously driven rear drive vehicles, you'll notice this but quickly get used to it. The ride quality is smooth for a SUV and it also handles pretty well for a SUV. Styling is superior to the current styling IMHO, especially the chrome grille and bumpers. Fuel efficiency is as expected, I get around 19-20 MPG on the highway. I'd recommend this SVU if you are in the market.


Best Features

My particular Explorer comes with a V8, factory sunroof, CD changer, running boards, premium wheels, etc. These are my favorite features and that's why I bought it.


Worst Features

All minor. Interior comfort is a little tight for 4 medium sized to large sized adults; if you need space, get an Expedition. The gearshift location in drive is not ideal as it interferes with the stereo. The rims I have are so hard to clean too! Not much else to complain about.


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