1998 Ford Explorer Reviews

1998 Ford Explorer XLT 5 liter V8 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 5 liter V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carFord Bronco

Summary:

Pretty good basic car

Faults:

A transmission noise started at 80,000 miles; still there at 180,000 miles. Shifts smooth, no other transmission problems.

New shocks at 170,000, new fuel pump at 175,000. Last tune up at 80,000.

95,000 miles on BF. Goodrich, Commercial grade tires, mostly highway miles, 17 mpg at 70 mph, 20 mpg at 60. Runs straight. Throttle sticks after using speed control.

Had to rebuild driver's seat twice, high miles & 260 lbs. Cloth interior like new. Center arm rest needs reupholstering.

I normally get over 200,000 miles on my cars.

Radio lights out at 30,000 miles. I like not having a clock; less stress in traffic.

California car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd December, 2010

1998 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0 SOHC from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.0 SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired140000 kilometres
Most recent distance160000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Skyline

Summary:

Good wagon for the cash

Faults:

HVAC fan resistor went (so climate would only do flat out or off).

Coolant leak (possibly through the radiator).

Differential leaked.

Drive line tended to shunt when warm.

General Comments:

The handling was incredibly sloppy, very very loose in the body and just woeful under brakes on gravel (the back end would fly out).

Nevertheless, it was a good bus with heaps of space, reasonable economy and performance for its size.

The stocker stereo was OK and you get heaps of kit.

The seats are flat and lacked support, and the rear seat is too close to the floor (lacking under-thigh support).

The split tail gate is a good idea, and the tall diff makes for good highway cruising. Unfortunately it makes 1st gear very tall, and thus it isn't ideal for towing.

The handbrake was a joke though - it just never held, even after tightening.

The worst thing about owning this car in Australia is the lack of support. Parts are so expensive through dealers and they have little idea what they're doing! The conversion wasn't handled very well, so the engine bay is a bit of a disaster in RHD cars too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th October, 2008

1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0 V6 SOHC from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.0 V6 SOHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Great features and excellent built car

Faults:

Replaced Rear-end Bearings at 80,000.

New Shocks at 85,000.

Fixed Radio Display for $60.

New plugs, fuel filter, and gaskets at 95,000.

General Comments:

This is my 2nd explorer and I love this vehicle. Is very comfortable for a big guy, which is customary for these explorers. Very reliable engine. The SOHC gives the regular V6 a good amount of get up and go, as well as improved gas mileage over the regular V6. All and all I love the Eddie Bauer trim with all of the additional options such as the climate control, power moonroof, rear A/C, power everything, and radio controls on the steering wheel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2008

1998 Ford Explorer Sport 4.0L SOHC from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.0L SOHC Don't Know
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance175000 miles
Previous carFord Aerostar

Faults:

This has been a good, reliable vehicle for me. A lot of both highway (Interstate) and city miles. Very dependable and comfortable (low mark on comfort has to do with driving very long distance and position of legs in doing so...)

Pros - strong engine and overall dependability.

Cons - expect transmission to go at approx 150,000. (So far engine still strong). O2 sensors are also a problem and the SOHC develops some vacuum leaks (plastic valve cover gasket, etc.) Radio also may need replaced (but not too expensive if you have a non-dealer specialist).

Despite this - mine has worked well!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st January, 2008

1998 Ford Explorer Sport SOHC V6 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission SOHC V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 2 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.4 / 10
Distance when acquired180000 miles
Most recent distance203965 miles
Previous carSubaru Legacy

Summary:

Great little SUV

Faults:

When I got the car it needed a new exhaust, tiers and break lines. other than that nothing has gone wrong with the car.

General Comments:

This truck is awesome it handles nicely and it is a little shorter than other SUV's so parking is not a problem. my only compliant with the truck is that it only gets 15 MPG, but this little truck has got the get up and go to really move (if you don't,ind the gas). the seats are comfortable and the cabin is very roomy. An acquaintance of mine has a 1994 Explorer and it has over 400,000 miles on it no joke!!! with that said I feel I can match her mileage and may be even pass hers.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 22nd December, 2006

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 29 reviews