Gave it a tune up after 108000 miles, replaced horn, ground off the stop on the rear wiper arm so the wiper would make full contact on the rear window. And even without a studied examination with a tape measure, the Durango's cabin immediately feels bigger. Critically important to the feeling of overall comfort in the second and third seating rows is the Durango's raised rear roof. The hefty Durango pleasantly surprised our test driver by nailing a respectable 142-foot-long stop from 60 mph. Model year 1998 Year of manufacture 1998 First year of ownership 2000 Most recent year of ownership 2005 Engine and transmission 4.
The optional third bench folds down to form a flat load floor for cargo. The Durango bottom line is that, along with things like greater ground clearance and the ability to do many heavy-duty chores like the bigger 'utes, it also nets two big-truck negatives. But it does get an updated liftgate with a bigger window and a wet-arm-type rear wiper for better cleaning, a curvy rear bumper, newly styled badging, a minor grille freshening, and darker window tint to reduce interior glare and ease the burden on the air-conditioning system. So, despite a serious horsepower and torque advantage, it ran just 0. Power PloysThe two contenders have taken different paths to power. And on the weekend, they'll cart the babes and the bales and tow the family's barge.
Rear window wiper motor failed 3 times. This is until the last year or so when we started having troubles with the Timing Chain tensioners going bad in the engine. But given the Durango's additional exterior size and weight, we began to wonder into which class it actually fits. However, better fuel efficiency and lower noise are the benefits of the more sophisticated Explorer arrangement. The big plus with the Explorer's 4.
It's also interesting to note that Durango is 4. But that wasn't the case here for either vehicle. They're handy for towing groaning trailers or loading with home-project materials. Convinced that there's still a solid core of buyers who want a…. But that's where the similarities end. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. There is a recall on the drivers seat which still needs to be dealt with.
The Explorer is also biased more toward on-pavement use than is the Durango, a design philosophy that shows its shortcomings on any surface more challenging than a gravel driveway. The Durango won't be available with two-wheel drive until '99. The DecisionAlthough neither vehicle could be described as nimble, the Ford feels just slightly more agile than the bigger Dodge, a subjective impression supported by our braking and handling numbers. The Durango is an all-new four-door based on the same platform as Dodge's midsize Dakota pickup. Heck: every V8 for the last 23 years has been cast in Mexico. General Comments: I drove the vehicle 4000 miles after purchase on a road trip with the back loaded down with heavy luggage for the last 2000 miles.
The champion Explorer, which sold 402,633 units last year, is spun from the compact pickup's rugged mechanicals. The Explorer is fitted with small, clever touches such as extra-large dome lights front and rear, an eyeglass holder molded into the center console, and a foldout holster for the optional cell phone. They'll commute the pitted mean streets all week. Dodge chose to show off its big gun. What is next in our nation rebuilding scheme. The outboard sections of the second bench fold forward for access to the two-passenger third bench. Although the Explorer engineering team also offers a V-8 5.
This also was a well known issue. In daily use, the five-speed automatic is not amazing insomuch as it provides five ratios but because it yields them so smoothly and with so little drama. But take some important measurements before you buy. And although they ride reasonably well for trucks, their heavy suspensions and their aggressive tires make noticeably higher noise levels. Well, maybe not, but if history is any clue; make way for hundreds of thousands of refuges from Iraq with Carte Blanche to our welfare and education system. The Durango hauls more inside because it's simply bigger outside than its compact competitors. It's approximately 4 inches taller than the roof section over the front seat, making access to these raised-pedestal, theater-style rear seats easier and affording a better view once seated.
Another main issue was the Stereo blowing out. On the exterior, the car has a variety of interminnent wipers, front fog lights, completely automatic headlights, skid plates, power door mirrors and gear cargo lift. Make a weird noise when turning at a slow speed. General Comments: Overall our Eddie Bauer has been a very decent vehicle to own. They should not be confused with the lighter, smaller, unibody 'utes such as the , Grand Cherokee, or the new passenger-car-based models such as the or. Looks CountAlthough the test Durango's fridge-white paint job didn't help its exterior styling, it was unquestionably the more interesting vehicle visually, particularly in terms of surface complexity.
Other interior conveniences include big, well-located dash switches and climate control, radio, and cruise-control buttons on the steering wheel spokes. These are a larger turning circle and some additional inconvenience when hunting for a right-size parking spot. In its corner are fresh interior styling, quiet, powerful, fuel-efficient V-6 and V-8 engines, an industry-first five-speed automatic transmission, one of the most sophisticated all-wheel-drive systems available, and time-proven build quality. I went to empty a storage unit and used the explorer to haul. Our track numbers indicate that they handle relatively well for heavy trucks, but they're both in the handling basement against virtually any modern passenger car.
Will they tow the trailer and haul the heavy loads? It's set-and-forget, but albeit an electronic connection that hasn't always proved as reliable as a manual transfer case for a lifetime of rough-and-tumble four-wheeling. There are exactly zero new cars sold in the U. The 1998 Ford Explorer ha a base engine size of 5. For '98, the Explorer remains basically square. It produces 160hp at 4200rpm and 225ft-lbs at 2800rpm. For '98, the Explorer is equipped with a new version of the company's truck anti-lock system that obviously provided the improved control and short stops engineers had promised us. The vehicle handled very well.