By Phil L on
1998 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV 4WD
I loved this vehicle when I first got
it. Great power, OK handling (for a
truck), and the perfect blend of size
and capability for me. But it has
turned into a real piece of junk.
Problems too numerous to list here.
My last Ford.
Power, size. I have the towing
package and have hauled over 4000 lbs
at times with no trouble (it is rated
for 5800). I can also mount 2
mountain bikes upright in the back,
which many similar-sized SUVs cannot
do. Seats are comfortable on long
drives, ergonomics are pretty good.
Quality and reliablity, obviously.
Ford has a reputation for poor
electronics, and the Explorer is no
exception. A 16 gallon gas tank on a
vehicle that gets less than 20MPG is
too small. I expected the poor gas
milage but not such poor
range. Resale value also is not very