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Still going strong
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By Whatever
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1998 Ford Explorer SUV Limited 4dr SUV AWD


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Bought it 67 months ago. No major problems. The radio was replaced, but nothing else. As long as you maintain it, expect no problems. Wish it was worth something for trade in. Will probably give it to family instead of trading it for peanuts!


Best Features

The V8 and AWD setup was the best drivetrain for all around performance.


Worst Features

Ford took care of most issues with the newest generation Explorer.


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Well it,s a Ford!
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By Steelersrule
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1998 Ford Explorer SUV XL 4dr SUV 4WD


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I hated Ford since the purchase date
because they promised repainting due to
"acid rain issue" but never followed
through. Overall my XL served well but
no options causes a quick lack of
interest. Choose wisely.


Best Features

Good horsepower.4x4 works very well.


Worst Features

Center consule sucks!


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Another solid Ford truck
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By kfkodiak
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1998 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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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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Not worth the high sticker price
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By sangelaspop
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1998 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV 4WD


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Have had alot of minor problems overs
the years,especially the wheel area.
Have problems with tire inside/outside
tire wear. Have had two alignments,
shocks all the way around,problems with
led on radio/CD player, etc... Not too
bad I guess, considering the amount of
miles driven. But it nickles & dimes
you. Probably the worst Ford I've ever
owned. Miss my SHO!


Best Features

4 wheel drive came in handy a couple of times. Alot of room in back for carrying things.


Worst Features

Need milage improvement, better design on front ends wouldn't hurt. Was told that was a major problem with those models.


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Like it but not sure I'll buy another
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By Jalbs
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1998 Ford Explorer SUV Sport 2dr SUV 4WD


Review

I teh SUV used with 58,000
miles on it. I had to replace the
breaks and rotars at 65K, replace the
original battery at 75K and at 80K I
needed new ball joints. The stereo
system is junk. The CD player shorted
out 5 months after I bought it and
there is a loose
connection some where in the wire
running to the rear speakers which
causes them work about 25% of the
time. I have driven it about 400 mile
from Boston to Rochester, NY about 10
times now (3 times with a full cargo
bed) and and very pleased with the
truck. I'm just worried to see what
is going to go wrong in another 10,000
miles.


Best Features

on the fly 4WD, good amount of cargo space, looks great, turning radius is phenominal


Worst Features

get a stereo system that works, fix your problems with the ball joints (it seems to be a trend on all of your trucks)


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