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1998 Ford Explorer

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 13/Hwy 18/Comb 15 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: V6, 4.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

1998 Ford Explorer Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 1125 Ratings for the 1995 - 2001 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Very solid and reliable

By on Monday, October 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 183,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "low maintenance, reliable"

Cons: "rides a little rough"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Bought this 2001 with 64,000 on it and have 183,000 now. Other than normal maintenance, oil change every 3000 and tires twice all it ever needed was a brake job. Numerous trips across country and not a single problem. Only negative about it is it takes bumps more like a truck!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Best vehicle I've ever owned.

By on Monday, October 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 167,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Solid, protective, reliable, classic design, power"

Cons: "no auto hatch-back (wasn't avail when built)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"My husband wants me to get a new car... I don't. I have driven my Explorer for 15 years, (the longest I've ever kept any vehicle), and I'm heartbroken to let it go. We are moving across the country, and my husband doesn't want to pay to have it shipped. (Truly, it would be almost half of what it is now worth, monetarily.) But I LOVE MY EXPLORER!!:( I will be getting a new one, once we move... and I hope and pray that it is as reliable as my old one. This is the first time, ever, that I'm truly heartbroken to have to sell a car. It has, through the years, become such a daily part of my life. I swear, it's like a pet."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Most reliable car I have ever owned

By on Thursday, October 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 193,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Very reliable and peppy"

Cons: "Old, and technology is old"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I keep trying to find a reason to get rid of it...but it is fast (4.0L 6 cyl), runs like a top, and has been almost problem free over the 14 years I have owned it. The only repairs I have made other than normal wear and tear (tires, brakes, etc) are an airvalve in 2008, a tuneup in 2010, the gearshift in 2012. Total for all this at the dealer was about 1000.00. Still driving it, but I think I will be trading it in on a new FORD, thank you. Just want the technology in the new cars."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Best truck ever!

By on Monday, September 29, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 169,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable; fun to drive; strong engine performance;"

Cons: "Can't think of any!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This has been one of the best vehicles I have owned. The only major repair was the transmission in 2012. I have kept the oil changed, tires rotated, and the SUV has given me 14 years of reliable transportation. Everyone I know has used it to move "something" or another! It has carried me and 7 Labs over the years! Just one of the best vehicles Ford has ever made."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Overall mediocre, not reliable at all.

By on Thursday, September 25, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 196,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
3/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Nice interior, tight turn radius"

Cons: "Mechanically unreliable"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Transmission went out twice. Mileage less than expected. Gear shift broke off in steering column. Just not mechanically reliable. Does have a nice interior."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

I have loved my Explorer.

By on Thursday, August 28, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 325,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had very good luck with my Explorer. I have owned it from day one and have put all the miles on it. I only use about a quart of oil per oil change with over 300,000 miles on the engine. I love the v6SOHC motor. I have only done basic maintenance on the Explorer other than replacing the tranny in about 2003 due to a bearing going out and that was nothing I could have stopped from happening."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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