1998 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Pushed Limits

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By DocBone on


1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD


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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