1998 Ford Explorer Reviews - Page 3 of 9

1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0 V6 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance85000 miles

Summary:

Uncomfortable

Faults:

Timing Chain Tensioners defective replaced twice.

Rear window wiper motor failed 3 times.

Stereo inoperative.

All due to poor engineering designs.

General Comments:

Overall our Eddie Bauer has been a very decent vehicle to own. This is until the last year or so when we started having troubles with the Timing Chain tensioners going bad in the engine. After MUCH research on the internet, it has been revealed that this is a very well known problem with the 4.0 SOHC engine. Ford FINALLY corrected the issues staring in the 2000 model year. Another main issue was the Stereo blowing out. This also was a well known issue. This model of Ford's stereo was known to have a defective power supply. I've seen many many many complaints of this. The rear wiper motors are also very lame. Another issue that really bothered me with our Explorer was the POOR ride quality. Yes it's a SUV (truck), but GM found a way to make them ride DECENT. The Explorer just rides TERRIBLE. Simple as that. It is a beautiful looking truck, but very uncomfortable to drive.

Anyways, Ford's lack of accountability for the earlier engine's has MUCH to be desired! We have been VERY disappointed in Ford for NOT standing behind a problem that they KNEW about! This is a VERY POOR business practice. As a matter of fact, we recently sold the Explorer and bought a brand new Jeep Liberty. One of the MAIN reseason we bought the Liberty was DMC's 7yr/70000 mile Warranty. Ford's 3yr/36000 mile warranty just doesn't cut it.

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

Review Date: 25th February, 2006

26th Feb 2006, 12:55

Um, well, given that Ford covered up design flaws in the first two Explorer generations, flaws that were directly attributed to passenger deaths and injuries, did you really expect them to do anything about other issues?

31st Mar 2006, 21:00

Each of the Big 4 in Detroit, take turns offering 3 or 7 year warranty. I just dumped my $42K Jeep Commander and one of the reasons, is it's poor quality backed up by a 3 yr warranty. So, as we hop back and forth from Jeep/Chrysler to Ford, to GMC/Chevrolet, we will all soon realize that the only companies that really make good cars, are the Japanese and the Germans... did we actually win wars with those guys? What is next in our nation rebuilding scheme... cars from Iraq? Well, maybe not, but if history is any clue; make way for hundreds of thousands of refuges from Iraq with Carte Blanche to our welfare and education system.

29th Jul 2012, 23:59

Subaru Outbacks are 85% American made... made with American made parts... they are not just assembled in the USA.

People think Chevy and Ford SUV's are American made... but only 60% of their parts are made in America... sad but true.

Heck: every V8 for the last 23 years has been cast in Mexico... so much for American Made Products. You really want to buy American? Better buy a Subaru... seriously dude.

1998 Ford Explorer Limited 5.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 5.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired62000 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles
Previous carPontiac Grand Prix

Summary:

A great

Faults:

The stereo system light fade in and out. Smoke was coming out of the stereo buttons and the CD player stopped working all together.

The antenna does not go down unless you push it.

Make a weird noise when turning at a slow speed.

Rear windshield wiper quit working.

General Comments:

This car has great pick up and is really fast for an SUV.

It looks great.

The interior is perfect.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th July, 2004

1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired103000 miles
Previous carSaturn LS

Summary:

It sucks the gas but I Love My Eddie Bauer! ;o)

Faults:

Just purchased explorer 1st of april, from a friend, it has new Michelin tires, interior is in excellent condition, body is glossy and no scratches or dents, the radio display does not work, I have replaced the brake pads, battery, a/c has a leak, but with freon charges it blows cold, the front passenger shock needs replaced, alignment is straight. Gave it a tune up after 108000 miles, replaced horn, ground off the stop on the rear wiper arm so the wiper would make full contact on the rear window.

General Comments:

I drove the vehicle 4000 miles after purchase on a road trip with the back loaded down with heavy luggage for the last 2000 miles. I went to empty a storage unit and used the explorer to haul. The vehicle handled very well.

There is a recall on the drivers seat which still needs to be dealt with.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th May, 2004

28th Apr 2005, 11:23

With regards to the following portion of your comment:

"ground off the stop on the rear wiper arm so the wiper would make full contact on the rear window."

Where is the "stop", and how did you grind it down? My rear wiper is all, but useless, so any help on this is most appreciated.

Thanks!

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