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Explorer XLT
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By bikerbill61
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Vehicle

1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

When Ford built this Explorer XLT, I
think someone must of thinking of
excellent. They have done a great job
on this truck. I have owned other SUVs
and this one has to be the best so far.

The only bad thing I have had happen is
now I have to buy a trailer to carry
things, since that "COMPANY" has us
Explorer owners as being "bad risk".

My XLT has all the features of the
Eddie Bauer for a few $$$$ less. Which
I like.


Best Features

Lumbar supports, speaker setup, liftgate (easier than my old Blazer's tailgate), dual air and the trailer towing package.


Worst Features

The only 2 improvements I made to my truck after purchasing it was a class III/IV hitch and Sirius Satelite Radio (which I understand is available is the 2004)


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my great exxxplorer toy
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By kbrant64
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1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

this is my first suv and i love it!!!i
would like to have a new 2004 but i
dont like the new front end style.as
for my performance on my 98 i am in
love with the power take off from dead
start.the 4.0 sohc could benefit from
after market acc. but that will be done
later.the comfort,style and fuel
economy is really good 330 miles per
tank,my 99 taurus got the same
mileage.the dealer i purchased from was
excellant,the salesman delivered it to
my home and took my trade in back to
the dealer.as for handling of this
suv,after you learn it's traits this
pup can handle anything you give it.my
suv is totally stock.


Best Features

performance,comfort,style,fuel economy,relialability and handling and power.


Worst Features

softer suspension but i love the truck ride and feel.


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Ford Explorer
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By Rich Hermanson
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Vehicle

1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD


Review

I have owned two Ford Explorers, I
survived a head on accident in my first
Explorer (the occupants of the other
vehicle were all killed) and would
strongly recomend them based on safety
alone.


Best Features

This vehicle is extremely reliable and well designed.


Worst Features

none


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Must be mechanically inclined
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By girlpower2004
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1998 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV


Review

I purchased my Ford Explorer brand new and
it had at least 5 recalls. The most
significant would be the tires. I had
very serious engine problems and Ford
had to replace my engine twice.


Best Features

The metallic green paint really holds up well.


Worst Features

The engine build in 1998 Explorer has been greatly modified. Yeah Ford!


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will never
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By kiiknzonka
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1998 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV 4WD


Review

10K in repairs in 3
years. Seriously not kidding here. A
drivers seat that breaks off the floor
mount bracket and falls back, numerous
ball joint, pinion seal, bearing
replacements, seal leaks, differential
leaks, drive train replacement, a radio
that has a mind of it's own (which
means it usually doesn't work, LED that
petered out at year 2, high pitch
squeeling from the rear passenger seat
heater fan, and the list does go on
further. My last vehicle was a Toyota
pick-up that I owned for 16 years. In
that time, I changed tires twice,
installed a new set of brakes, and
changed the oil regularly.


Worst Features

How about using greasable ball joints.


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