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1998 Ford Explorer SUV

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Ford Explorer, 1998
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By MaryRW
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1998 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

I like the Explorer and find it very comfortable and useful for hauling things around. However, it uses massive amounts of gas.


Favorite Features

Well designed, conveniently located interior controls. Very comfortable.


Suggested Improvements

Gas mileage needs dramatic improvement!


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Great for beginners
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By Karen
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Vehicle

1998 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV


Review

I bought this car for myself and handed it over to my teenage daughter for her first car. We have had very little problems with the vehicle. She drives it all over to softball games. I would definitely buy another one.


Favorite Features

Great for long trips. Comfortable and trustworthy.


Suggested Improvements

Can't really complain too much. Get about 20 miles to the gallon.


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Still going strong
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By Whatever
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1998 Ford Explorer SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD


Review

Bought it 67 months ago. No major problems. The radio was replaced, but nothing else. As long as you maintain it, expect no problems. Wish it was worth something for trade in. Will probably give it to family instead of trading it for peanuts!


Favorite Features

The V8 and AWD setup was the best drivetrain for all around performance.


Suggested Improvements

Ford took care of most issues with the newest generation Explorer.


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Well it,s a Ford!
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By Steelersrule
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Vehicle

1998 Ford Explorer SUV XL 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

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.


Favorite Features

Good horsepower.4x4 works very well.


Suggested Improvements

Center consule sucks!


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Another solid Ford truck
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By kfkodiak
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Vehicle

1998 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

Bought used with 89K, Have fixed only minor issues. 4.0 OHV is slightly lacking on steep highway grades, but very reliable, and reasonably efficient for a vehicle this heavy. 5SP auto transmission is still smooth at over 100K mi. The cargo space is great, and the seats are comfortable on long trips. Auto 4x4 lets the truck claw its way around in wet/snowy weather, even off-roading I've rarely needed 4HI/4LO. Hasn't let me down yet! My only complaints: - Rides like a truck, go figure. - Water collects in the roof channels during rain, then spills over the windshield when you first move the truck. - Tinted rear window scratches easily.


Favorite Features

- Control Trac Auto 4x4 - Puddle Lamps under side mirrors - Keyless entry keypad - Cargo area door lock switch. - Rear seat A/C and radio controls.


Suggested Improvements

- Needs front tow hooks. - Improve ride. - Make rear glass more resistant to scratching. - Dashboard needs flat recesses for maps, etc. (or maybe not having them is a safety feature?) - Brakes could be a bit stronger. - Transmission needs to be heavier for more than light duty towing.


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