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Pushed Limits
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By DocBone
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1998 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV AWD


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I have owned my explorer for 2 years now and have not had to deal with any major problems. I did learn the hard way that the o-ring from the oil filter can occasionally get stuck and has to be peeled off. In the last 2 years I have managed to put on nearly 40K miles, between driving to and from school (about 150miles round trip)and pizza delivery. Slightly bothered by the less that stellar gas mileage, but on the highway I have gotten 20+ mpg a few times. Strongly recommend to anyone needs a decent amount of space in their car. Also, after surviving through 2 winters, I have no complaints, snow is not an issue. This car can easily modified without affecting its electrical system


Best Features

AWD is a must in New England winters, and it performs wonderfully. Easy to drive, seats very comfortable.


Worst Features

I wish it came in manual for the V8. MPG's


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Overall, reliable
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By Mike13
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1998 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV AWD


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I have owned this truck for a few years and it has never given me any MAJOR problems. A small electrical problem with the drivers door lock and recently replaced the vent blower moter, but other than some small normal wear'n'tear repairs, it always gets me where I need to go. 189,000+ miles and running strong.


Best Features

Reliable, and easy to perform do-it-yourself repairs on and I use the keyless entry all the time.


Worst Features

Had to replace the front driveshaft and aftermarket shafts are not built to the same quality as OEM. Too bad the price difference is $500


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More reliable than my Lexus
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By John
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1998 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV AWD


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Purchased used 75000 miles ago


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Very Reliable, better than my Lexus LX450!


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Never again a Ford
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By ccslye
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1998 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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98 Ford Explorer engine disintegrated at 58000 miles because of a faulty cam tensioner. (A known 4.0 SOHC problem) New factory rebuilt engine installed at dealer. Over $6,000 new engine in dealer 4 times for squeaking and noise problems. 98 Ford Explorer engine disintegrated at 58000 miles because of a faulty cam tensioner. (A known 4.0 SOHC problem) New factory rebuilt engine installed at dealer. Over $6,000 new engine in dealer 4 times for squeaking and noise problems. Changed various parts now I find out engine thrust bearing is what was squeaking and after it failed squeaking stopped. 6 months of problem solving did not even look at bearing problem. Engine is destroyed at 13,000 mls


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Good car if maintained
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Welderman
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1998 Ford Explorer SUV Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV AWD


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The Eddie Bauer AWD Explorer is a reliable car if properly maintained. I have never had problems with the drive train or engine (88,000 miles). It gets an honest 18.7 mpg at 55-65mph and the car is over 10 years old. My major maintenance was replacing rusted brake lines and rear brakes when they failed from corrosion. I'm big so I find it very comfortable, especially the leather bucket seats as do passengers in the back seats. The A/C is used a lot in the South and it works great. Change the oil every 5000 miles and change the transmission oil every 50,000 miles. Flush the radiator out when you change the transmission oil and it will last a long time. Built Ford tough.


Best Features

A/C and CD changer


Worst Features

Standard tires should be Michelins


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