1998 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0L from North America
A bomb waiting to explode!
Front end was making strange noises at the time of purchase. The dealer had this fixed, but a few months after the warranty ran out, the noise came back.
The turn signal switch had to be replaced.
Various problems with the electrical system over the past two years.
The radio caught fire and needed replaced.
The four wheel drive system makes awful noises when turning and I am scared to use it.
I like the looks of the car. The inside is very nice and it used to drive like a dream. There are just too many problems with the vehicle.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th June, 2003
17th Jun 2003, 00:48
The 4wd system is not designed to be used on road. Occasionally I forgot to switch it over going from off to onroad and when turning there's some jarring and clonking. I think because the diff locks when in 4wd.
Even offroad on fairly solid ground where the tyres can't slip so easily, you can get the clonking noises.
21st Jul 2003, 09:04
I lease a 1998 Ford Explorer Limited. I agree with the ticking time bomb comments. From day 1 I have had problems with the front end suspension, for 2 years now my local ford dealer says there is no problem. My 94 caravan with 135 thousand miles on it rides better. Lucky for me I bought the extended warranty. The radio illumination system does not work (not covered) I have have had the front rotors replaced 3 times. Thank god - January 2004 I'm out of this lease.
26th Jun 2004, 21:08
I would have to agree with the bomb theory - A large lemon just waiting to drain your wallet... buy japanese.
13th Oct 2004, 15:11
Help 1998 Ford Explorer, creaking noises started when turning. Anyone know anything? I am clueless.
19th Oct 2004, 11:01
I recently purchased a 98 Explorer Sport after three happy years with a 93 Explorer XLT. I checked out two Sports before settling on the second one. Both of these vehicles had broken driver's side seat recline levers which I thought (at first) was an odd coincidence. It was only after I purchased the necessary part and installed it (rather than pay Ford's $110 installation fee) that I found out how flimsy this piece really is. In no time, it is bent almost completely in half, and bending it back into shape will only hasten its fatigue and eventual break from its support. I believe this problem must be endemic to Sport models and should be recognized by Ford as such, prompting a recall or refund at least.