1998 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Another solid Ford truck

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Another solid Ford truck
By kfkodiak on


1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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.

Best 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.

Worst Features

- 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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