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This is my last Ford..
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By drifter
on

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1998 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV


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I don't know where to start.With 68K
miles engine died (chain tensioner
failed),paint is allready chipped and
faded,running boards are all
rusty,hood lootch broke off recently,
drivers seat frame and seat latch
broken too,rear differential makes
horrible hissing sound,front bearings
and ball joints failed also,radio LED
is blinking all the time,one of the
control panel lights died,check engine
light coming on and off constantly,had
to replace lower and upper intake
gaskets and idle motor(engine wouldn't
start in cold weather,faulty
headlights switch,terrible gas mileage
and the list goes on and on...This is
my lesson, last Ford EVER.


Worst Features

People at Ford should really stop designing junk and pay more attention to quality.


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98 xlt review (SOHC - 6cyl)
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By jaason
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1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD


Review

I bought the car new. It’s a good
reliable vehicle, especially
considering the features and 4 wheel
drive components. The car handles well
in high winds, up hills, and fully
loaded. The cargo compartment is
spacious, enough for 4 people for a week
of camping. The Explorer, for me, is the
right size for most all situations, easy
to handle, and well built enough for
off-road use. Easily handles the worst
weather.


Best Features

Adequate power on and off-road. It's a pleasure to drive because of the short turning radius and because of the rapid acceleration when needed thanks to the 5 speed automatic. Very reliable, but requres regular care and feeding.


Worst Features

Increase clearance. All competitors have 7.5-9.5 inches. Spare tire is not easy to remove with a flat rear tire, especially off road. Independent 4-wheel ABS may be desirable instead of the current 3-way system.


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One Diehard SUV
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By TheBrain
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1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD


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I have had this SUV for 26 months and
love it! Plenty of power out of the
engine and the 4x4 has gotten me (into
and) out of many muddy situations.
Drives like a car and sits like a
truck. I spend a lot of time in this
toy and the seats are holding up quite
nicely.


Best Features

4x4, power seats, lots of cargo room, auto-on headlights, auto dimming rear view mirror, durable leather seats


Worst Features

Remove the baffle from the airbox and gain noticable power and 1-2mpg. Blistein shocks make for a better off road experience.


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Worst vehicle I've ever owned
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By 6CF
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1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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Required new engine with only 66,000
miles, and replaced head gasket for
$1200 just one month prior -- big
waste. Cost to repair more than value
of vehicle!
By the way I changed the oil every
5000 miles.
Don't buy a Ford!


Best Features

NONE.


Worst Features

Replace crappy Ford engines with Honda engines.


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Ford Explorer
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By Jk
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1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD


Review

Never had a mechanical problem Now have
105000 mi.


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