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    98-01 Explorers

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    I asked in the Chevy discussion about Tahoes too, but like I said my girlfriend and I were looking at a quality older utility vehicle under 4-5k. Does anyone still drive the 98-01 Explorer? I always loved these as a kid and wouldn't mind picking up one of these. I know the 02-05 models are supposed to be pretty much garbage with a ton of tranny problems.

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    Re: 98-01 Explorers

    they really sold well in their day but you do NOT see them anymore at least in Canada
    I believe they had a bit of a rust issue and the NORMAL Ford electrical issues

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    Re: 98-01 Explorers

    Quote Originally Posted by richmond2000 View Post
    they really sold well in their day but you do NOT see them anymore at least in Canada
    I believe they had a bit of a rust issue and the NORMAL Ford electrical issues
    I still see them EVERYWHERE in Texas and Indiana. Now I don't know if it's due to the sheer amount of how many were sold back in the day that a good number of them were bound to survive or that that they were built that well to survive that long.

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    Re: 98-01 Explorers

    I had a 98" Explorer for a few years. I believe it had the 5.0L/AWD combo. I had it from around 90-150k miles. The issues I had were wheel bearings, tranny didn't like to shift into 3rd until it was warmed up, and the catalytic converter went out at around 145k. We had the tranny checked out once or twice and nobody could figure it out. It was a decent truck considering the miles/age.

    Good luck on whatever you end up purchasing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJH View Post
    I had a 98" Explorer for a few years. I believe it had the 5.0L/AWD combo. I had it from around 90-150k miles. The issues I had were wheel bearings, tranny didn't like to shift into 3rd until it was warmed up, and the catalytic converter went out at around 145k. We had the tranny checked out once or twice and nobody could figure it out. It was a decent truck considering the miles/age.

    Good luck on whatever you end up purchasing!
    Thanks! Yeah, all the online reviews seems to show the 5.0 engine version has held up quite well. You can find several nice Eddie Bauer versions for about $2.5k too that have about 125k miles.

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    Thanks! Yeah, all the online reviews seems to show the 5.0 engine version has held up quite well. You can find several nice Eddie Bauer versions for about $2.5k too that have about 125k miles.
    No problem. Good luck, its a crap shoot buying a higher mileage vehicle.

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    Re: 98-01 Explorers

    I would suggest avoiding the V6 ones because those descendants of the A4LD sucked. The 4.0L SOHC had some timing chain and tensioner issues but I think those have been figured out by now. What you really want is the 302...mileage is the same if not better plus you get the 4R70W trans which is a reliable, durable unit.

    Or find one with the M5OD five speed manual. The '92 XL 4x2 4 door five speed I had came form Texas actually

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    Re: 98-01 Explorers

    Quote Originally Posted by F14CRAZY View Post
    I would suggest avoiding the V6 ones because those descendants of the A4LD sucked. The 4.0L SOHC had some timing chain and tensioner issues but I think those have been figured out by now. What you really want is the 302...mileage is the same if not better plus you get the 4R70W trans which is a reliable, durable unit.

    Or find one with the M5OD five speed manual. The '92 XL 4x2 4 door five speed I had came form Texas actually

    I spent a few years on the explorer4x4.com forum.
    The A4LD was never used in 98-01 it was the 4R44E or the 5R55E/S/W which is not like the A4LD in anyway, the A4LD had many week points and these were all beefed up for the 4R and 5R units which were reliable if you did regular maintenance, if you didn't you got bit. The 4R70/75W had many more issues than the 4R or 5R if you never did regular service to the unit and was way more expensive to overhaul.

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