1998 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Very nice, but twitchy

1998 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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Sport 2dr SUV (4.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Manual)

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Very nice, but twitchy
By Wes on


1998 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV 4WD


We purchased the Explorer in 2004, with only 62,000 miles. It was joy a drive, and very comfortable, but I wondered why so low mileage. Did not take long to figure it out. It's almost possessed in terms of twitchy issues. When it's hot outside (which is 6 months a year in Vegas) the car will sometimes just not start, then wait 5 to 10 minutes and it will. The mechanic was baffled, but after researching it online, discovered it's a vapor lock in the fuel pump or pressure sensor. $800 to replace it according to the dealer. In the winter the excluder seals whistle. According to Ford it is a noise not a defect, but would cost $1500 to make it go away. but when it's not acting up it's a blast to drive.

Best Features

Very comfortable on long trips. Handles the drive to California nicely.

Worst Features

Mileage is not as good as I had hopped. My old T-Bird with its V8 got better mileage in the city. Ford should fix defects, not just reclassify them as noises.
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