1998 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Tried and true

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1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV


My 1998 Ford Explorer has been one of the most reliable vehicles I've ever owned. I've averaged 19.8 MPG consistently in combined city / highway driving. At 127,000 miles it still has the original spark plugs and wires,I changed the serpentine belt at 110,000 miles even though it didn't need it and the battery at 97000. I replaced the brakes one time. After over 5 years on the road it passed its first smog check! The clear coat paint is as good as new (garage kept and detailed every 6 mos.) Towed a car trailer and car one time at freeway speeds and over the grapevine here in California, total trip time 4.5 hours not a single problem. Tough truck!

Best Features

Fuel economy for its size and weight is excellent. Comfort is good, reliability is fantastic. Large usable and flexable interior. Good to excellent materials used throughout. Very few squeeks and rattles after 127K mi. Best car for reliability I've ever owned forign or domestic.

Worst Features

Rear leaf springs have squeeked since new. Wind noise at highway speeds can be very anoying at times. More accurate speedometer would be nice. The digital display for the radio has been intermittent since the warranty was up.
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