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Hits where it hurts
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By Dave H
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1998 Ford Explorer SUV XL 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

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?


Best Features

Excellent power and towing capacity. Lots of knooks and cranny's to put stuff, easy to read instrument panel. Uber adjustable seat.


Worst Features

Reliability. Stuff needs to work ALL THE TIME! Locks, radio/CD, etc.


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Does A Lot Of Things Well
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By Dave Madrid
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1998 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

Although my Explorer has had minor powertrain repairs, they occurred during the 6y/75K extended warranty. My other complaint is the driver's side seat recliner lever which was placed in a terrible location. It has broken off since every time you exit the vehicle, you hit the lever with your left leg. Other than the lever, I love my Explorer because it still does a lot of things well.


Best Features

Ability to drive 90mph comfortably for hours, turn onto snow covered 2-lane with the shift-on-the-fly 4x4, and have plenty of room inside.


Worst Features

MOVE THE SEAT RECLINE LEVER!


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Explorer XLT
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By bikerbill61
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1998 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

When Ford built this Explorer XLT, I think someone must of thinking of excellent. They have done a great job on this truck. I have owned other SUVs and this one has to be the best so far. The only bad thing I have had happen is now I have to buy a trailer to carry things, since that "COMPANY" has us Explorer owners as being "bad risk". My XLT has all the features of the Eddie Bauer for a few $$$$ less. Which I like.


Best Features

Lumbar supports, speaker setup, liftgate (easier than my old Blazer's tailgate), dual air and the trailer towing package.


Worst Features

The only 2 improvements I made to my truck after purchasing it was a class III/IV hitch and Sirius Satelite Radio (which I understand is available is the 2004)


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my great exxxplorer toy
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By kbrant64
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1998 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

this is my first suv and i love it!!!i would like to have a new 2004 but i dont like the new front end style.as for my performance on my 98 i am in love with the power take off from dead start.the 4.0 sohc could benefit from after market acc. but that will be done later.the comfort,style and fuel economy is really good 330 miles per tank,my 99 taurus got the same mileage.the dealer i purchased from was excellant,the salesman delivered it to my home and took my trade in back to the dealer.as for handling of this suv,after you learn it's traits this pup can handle anything you give it.my suv is totally stock.


Best Features

performance,comfort,style,fuel economy,relialability and handling and power.


Worst Features

softer suspension but i love the truck ride and feel.


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Ford Explorer
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By Rich Hermanson
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Vehicle

1998 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV AWD


Review

I have owned two Ford Explorers, I survived a head on accident in my first Explorer (the occupants of the other vehicle were all killed) and would strongly recomend them based on safety alone.


Best Features

This vehicle is extremely reliable and well designed.


Worst Features

none


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