1998 Ford Explorer Overview

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2 Dr Sport 4WD SUV
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2 Dr Sport SUV
26 national listings
4 Dr Eddie Bauer 4WD SUV
13 national listings
4 Dr Eddie Bauer AWD SUV
12 national listings
4 Dr Eddie Bauer SUV
12 national listings
4 Dr Limited 4WD SUV
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4 Dr Limited AWD SUV
8 national listings
4 Dr Limited SUV
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4 Dr XL 4WD SUV
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4 Dr XL SUV
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4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV
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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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Based on 52 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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Ford Explorer Questions

jphamrhed
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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.

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FordXLTman
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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...

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

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Michael Hauser
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98 Ford 5.0 Makes Noise From Distributor Shift Area .a Sqeeking I Thought I...

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Mendiola
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My 1998 Ford Explorer Sport Wont Start. I Initially Thought I Had Run Out ...

Long story short, we replaced the fuel pump, car turns over but wont stay on. Any Help is appreciated!

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