Used 1998 Ford Explorer Consumer Reviews - 174 Car Reviews | Edmunds
ADVERTISEMENT

1998 Ford Explorer - Consumer Reviews

Average Consumer Rating

174 Total Reviews

View reviews for a specific Explorer model:

Sort by

Most Recent|
Most Recent Most Helpful Highest Rating Lowest Rating
Runs Great but stuff breaks
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Jayne
on

Vehicle

1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV


Review

I bought my car brand new,had to adjust to it rigid ride, its reliable the only things is stuff falls apart, my leather seat is ripped up, constant problems with sunroof, CD player broke, rear windshield wiper doesn't work, only driver can operate the windows, interior roof is falling other than that its totally reliable without problems as far as the motor goes.


Best Features

reliabilitly


Worst Features

Improve on the interior components. i paid enough for the car the stuff should last.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

1 GREAT SUV
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By gene
on

Vehicle

1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

Bought this used with 45,000 miles. It now has 81K and have only replaced exhaust and 1 sensor. She still looks great and is parked out side here in the north east year round. Very Durable, and reliable! The 4.0 V6 is a great motor. I guess that is why they are still making it.


Best Features

Power everything, easy to drive, great visibility, great in the SNOW! 2 rows of ICE COLD A/C and HEAT! NICE BIG TIRES! Durable fabric interior.


Worst Features

Better windshield wiper speeds.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Good solid SUV
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Katie
on

Vehicle

1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

I bought this car from the original owner 5.5 years ago when it already had 98000 miles on it. It is now at 238,000 and has never had any major problems. The only time it left me stranded was when the battery was long overdue to be replaced. We plan on replacing it soon with a newer model of the same thing. Can't say enough good things about this truck, it has been a great family car, reliable, fantastic in the snow and off road, and very forgiving of our lax maintenance of it. Hoping to upgrade with a new one with third row seats. Love this car!


Best Features

Reliability


Worst Features

Stupid little things that break, door locks,power windows, etc. Not reliability issues, but still annoying at times.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Ford tough for me
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By derekt98xl
on

Vehicle

1998 Ford Explorer XL 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

I was always a Honda Toyota guy. Then I bought the explorer and has been very reliable. Just maintanence, and I believe that is the key with any car. Some people get angry if their ball joints or suspension parts fail but you have to consider they are a part of regular maintanence. In the past I bought a couple Honda's that had everything wrong with them a week after the purchase simply because of lack of maintanence. So from now on I only buy cars with maintanence reports. Which makes sense if someone goes to the trouble of keeping all those records they must have taken good care of the vehicle. Most of the time those are the vehicles with Nice and clean interiors.


Best Features

Body and interior styling.peppy v6.Fuel economy for a sturdy built truck chassis is very good.reliability.


Worst Features

Replacing oil pan gasket calls for removal of the engine that's ridiculous for such a common maintanence item.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Still going strong
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By MSH
on

Vehicle

1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

Bought my explorer new and now have about 120k miles on it. It has had its share of maintenance issues (radio display, back windshield wiper, fuel pumpx2, belts, sensors, minor suspension issues, etc) but overall it has been pretty reliable. I perform scheduled maintenance regularly and don't worry about random breakdowns or taking on long trips. Both the interior and the exterior have held up well and (IMHO) still look good. Overall, the value of the car to me far exceeds its blue book price.


Best Features

Room, comfort, handling in snow


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Other Vehicles to Consider

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT