1998 Ford Explorer Overview

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2 Dr Sport 4WD SUV
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2 Dr Sport SUV
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4 Dr Eddie Bauer 4WD SUV
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4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV
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4.15 stars

Based on 54 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
Great All Around Daily Driver by smcdowell
 — The ride is a little rough. But, I guess that is to be expected since it is built on a truck frame. Comfortably seat 4 adults and plenty of cargo room for trips to the lake or a couples night out. ... 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

1998 Ford Explorer Overview

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Based on 53 reviews

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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How Do I Clean The Fuel Injectors On A 1998 Ford Explorer

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1998 Ford Explorer

I put my 1998 ford explorer in 4wd low yesterday and it switched over fine but I believe it's still stuck in 4wd low even after trying to get it unstuck. Driving home today my RPMs were 5000 going ...

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How Do You Reset The Fuel Pump On A 1998 Ford Explorer Eddie Baurer?

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