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1998 Ford Explorer Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 53 reviews
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 Ford Explorer Sport Weak Idle Then Stalls Out
1998 Ford Explorer works fine but lately after driven for a while certain long distances, we shut if off and when restarting it has weak idle and then eventually stalls out. Sometimes we get lucky w...
Locked My Keys In My Car. Where Can I Find The Keyless Entry Code On My Car...
locked my keys in the backseat and I need the keyless entry code to get in. Dealer said in was inside the hood, cant find it.
My 1998 Ford Explorer Doors Are Jamming
My right front door has not worked in a long time and now all the doors seem to be jamming. Does the acutator need to be replaced in all the doors? I can lean over and unlock the back right door...som...
Have 98 Explorer Eddie Bauer.. Back Hatch Will Not Open..
I had to pry open the back glass of the hatch back of the explorer...glass will not completely close..will this render the entire hatch inoperable?..I cannot open back hatch at all now.
98 Ford Explorer Xlt Has No Brake Lights. Mech Says Light Control Module Ba...
Ford auto parts dept don't have it since veh is 14 years old. Junkyard said it controls the daytime running light. The mechanic says not so (I do not have daytime running lights). Different junkyard s...