1998 Ford Explorer Overview


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2 Dr Sport 4WD SUV
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2 Dr Sport SUV
28 national listings
4 Dr Eddie Bauer 4WD SUV
28 national listings
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15 national listings
4 Dr Eddie Bauer SUV
7 national listings
4 Dr Limited 4WD SUV
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23 national listings
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Average User Score

45 stars

Based on 52 reviews

Get In It Or Get Passed Up by Nick
 — BETSY!!! everyone i know has been in her atleast once and loves it(i think) kim: "welll, its an amazingly awesome piece of gas-guzzling metal that has been fixed up with uhmazzingg blue neon lights... Read More
She's A Hottie by Ryan
 — Been a great truck so far. Amazing fuel economy considering how old it is. The little 4.0L needs to downshift when going up a hill, but it usually has enough pep when needed. It's fun enough, and h... Read More
Great Fun Good All Rounder by Terry
 — off roading this car was great fun extremely capable motorways was great on fuel cruising was lovely juicey round town tho and de-limited would easily reach 130mph+ very strong truck overall but delic... Read More

1998 Ford Explorer Overview

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1998 Ford Explorer

The 1998 Ford Explorer once again topped the sport-utility vehicle market in US sales. Changes were minimal in the exterior and interior design and detail, except for some slight tweaks to the front grill.  

Under the hood, though, it was a different story; the high-power 5.0 liter V-8 engine (standard on the Eddie Bauer and Limited trims, and optional on the Sport, XL, and XLT trims) got a design overhaul, boosting its output to 215 horsepower. Buyers who weren't looking for that much power had the choice of two 4.0 liter V-6 engines, including a single overhead cam model with a 205-horsepower output.

Ford also made some refinements to the rack-and-pinion steering system on the '98 Explorer, and reviewers praised its improved agility.  

Still, the '98 Ford Explorer appealed mainly to SUV buyers drawn by its roomy interiors, big cargo capacity, and rugged construction, not to drivers looking for a high-performance vehicle.  However, its four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive options did appeal to people wanting a tough vehicle for off-road adventures.


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Ford Explorer Questions


1998 Explorer Won't Start When It Gets Hot Whats Wrong?

5 views with 1 answer (last answer about a week ago)

My 1998 Eddie Bauer Brake Lights In The Back Willn T Come On Don.t No What,...

It wasn,t always like this,just started happening,can,t ride like this,not without brake lights

10 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 weeks ago)

How Do I Change Out A Side Vent Window (drivers Side) On A '98 Ford Explore...

Driver's side vent window fell out due to a broken pop-out latch and dry-rotted glue in the mount railings. If I find a replacement can I not mess with the mounts and just glue the replacement wind...

9 views with 2 answers (last answer about a month ago)

Should All Wheels Turn On Jack Stands On 98 Explorer With Auto,4 Hi,4 Low

one rear wheel turns,one starts then slows to stop,sometimes starts slowly,stops.also makes clunking noise,not constantly, but most of the time.noise seems like its at rear end?axle,spiders,pinion?

258 views with 10 answers (last answer 2 months ago)

1998 Explorer Periodically Blows Starter Fuse Only When We Start The Vehicl...

Upon starting the vehicle today the engine kept turning but would not fire. I could not stop it from doing this. I shut off via the ignition, pulled the starter fuse nothing would shut it off. The...

47 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)