"I have literally spent more money on this truck since I bought it than it cost in the first place. In less than 3 years I have had to have the brakes replaced, a complete realignment, the entire charging system replaced, the rear end replaced, the power steering pump replaced and the oxy sensor for the engine replaced. It also needs a rebuilt transmission but I have been putting it off as just the part is $1500. I wouldn't recommend this car to my worst enemy."
"This 4WD EX has been a very good vehicle except for the transmission. It had to be replaced with a rebuilt three times. Ford paid for less than half of the first replacement only. The first two replacements were done at a Ford dealer. The only one that lasted was the third. It was done by a transmission specialist (not at the dealership)."
"Purchased my 1998 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L SOHC in Sep 1997, This by far is the most reliable car I've ever owned. Ford really put some quality workmanship and parts on these 1998 year models. As far as parts replaced that would include the Water Pump,
Radiator, upper and lower hoses. Thermostat Housing, upper and lower intake manifold gaskets, IAC valve, Starter motor, Alternator, Ball Joints, Shocks, Sway bar bushings, Headlights, Front wheel bearings, Tail Lamp, a fog light, A seat cover, Drivers power window motor. And Just recently My original fuel pump that lasted almost 19 years ! Most cars don't even last that long. The Transmission has been flawless with just fluid and filter changes. And the HVAC system still works like new."
"Bought this 4.0 V6 2wd 2001 Explorer XLT for $2,000 in 2009 w/140,000 miles and to date (w/340,000+) replaced the thermostat housing, battery, tires (couple times), brakes, intake gasket ($125) & ball joints. All inexpensive, routine repairs w/oil changes every 6-8,000 miles by the Ford dealer ($30).
This vehicle has been the most reliable & economical car/SUV imaginable.
Fun to drive, 19.5mpg overall city & highway.
At 340,xxx miles, still running great!
The car has the perfect size, slightly narrow and easy to park and maneuver."
"ive had the truck for 8 yrs bought it with 35k on it engine died at 102k now has a 4bt cummins in it with 675k miles now on truck. no real bad repairs but brakes every 28k and interco swamper tires every 20k going to repaint truck next yr the front seats broke at 145k rear axle went at 78k. but the truck has been fun to drive."
"We bought this vehicle 2 years ago, had 200k miles on it. We spent 2k for it, in my mind was overpriced but she has had minimal problems, or atleast she has only stranded us once or twice and only due to a bad alternator or lose connection. The only fix we have put into it is the alternator. The shocks have been out the whole time, super squeeky and we have to refill the power steering once a month but overall if you don't have alot of money and need a car that will last a year or so, I say go for it. You better be saving the whole time though, she does the job but dont imagine she will live for much longer after 200k."