98 xlt review (SOHC - 6cyl)
By jaason on
Vehicle1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD
ReviewI bought the car new. Itís a good reliable vehicle, especially considering the features and 4 wheel drive components. The car handles well in high winds, up hills, and fully loaded. The cargo compartment is spacious, enough for 4 people for a week of camping. The Explorer, for me, is the right size for most all situations, easy to handle, and well built enough for off-road use. Easily handles the worst weather.
Best FeaturesAdequate power on and off-road. It's a pleasure to drive because of the short turning radius and because of the rapid acceleration when needed thanks to the 5 speed automatic. Very reliable, but requres regular care and feeding.
Worst FeaturesIncrease clearance. All competitors have 7.5-9.5 inches. Spare tire is not easy to remove with a flat rear tire, especially off road. Independent 4-wheel ABS may be desirable instead of the current 3-way system.
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