2008 Ford Explorer

The new steering, suspension, and brakes come standard on the newly redesigned Explorer for the 2006 model year. Each component represented a significant improvement compared to the previous version. The newest iteration of the Explorer rides and operates with less noise and vibration than earlier versions. It leans less through turns, and the responsiveness of the brakes is improved. This article focuses on the 2008 Ford Explorer.


The Ford Explorer was offered in 3 trim levels in 1998:

  • XLT
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Limited

Performance and Fuel Economy

The standard powertrain for the 1998 Ford Explorer is a 4.0-liter V6 with 210 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. A 4.6-liter V8 engine with 292 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque can be purchased as an option for any model. The V6 engine is paired with a conventional automatic gearbox with five gears, while the V8 engine is paired with an automatic transmission with six gears. Either engine can be fitted with either a two-wheel-drive or a four-wheel-drive system with a push-button transfer case as its drivetrain. A V8 2WD Explorer that has been appropriately outfitted can tow up to 7,300 pounds. Regarding acceleration, a four-wheel drive Explorer with a V8 engine takes an unimpressive nine seconds to reach 60 miles per hour. A Nissan Pathfinder with a V8 completes the same run in exactly seven seconds.

Design, Comfort, and Quality

This workaday SUV is given a more sophisticated impression by striking two-tone color schemes, even though the quality of the materials used in the construction of the Explorer has not improved much over the years, even though these issues have been addressed in small increments. It is possible to fit two people in the seats located in the third row of the vehicle; however, selecting this option will result in a minor reduction in the amount of cargo space available and a load floor that is not completely level.

The most cargo space can be had in an Explorer with seven passengers is 83.7 cubic feet, whereas the most freight space can be had in a Ford Explorer with five passengers is 85.8 cubic feet. It is important to note that the 60/40 parts of the second-row bench seat only recline in your Explorer if it also features a third-row seat. The “quad seating” option, available on Limited versions, reduces the maximum number of occupants to six and replaces the seats in the second row with reclining captain’s chairs separated by a storage console.

Voice Activation A Focus

The voice-activated entertainment system known as Sync is available in 12 different Ford vehicles, one of which is the Explorer from 2008. Sync is a joint effort between Microsoft and another company that enables drivers to operate Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and MP3 players using the buttons on the steering wheel or by speaking orders into the device.

Explorers are using navigation-equipped Voice activation. The inside has been updated with a modern instrument panel and a floor shift lever on the center console. The normal configuration offers seats for five passengers. Still, additional seating in the third row that folds down completely and can accommodate seven people may be ordered as an option. The third row of seats may be folded down into the floor using the Powerfold technology, an add-on feature. Second-row seats that fold in a 60/40 configuration and with reclining capabilities are available.


  • Height: 72.8 in
  • Length: 193.4 in
  • Width: 73.7 in
  • Curb weight: 2140 lbs

Engine type: Gas V6, 4.0L

Fuel tank: 22.5 g

2008 Ford Explorer

2008 Ford Explorer Factory Service Manual

The repair manuals go through every aspect of how the car operates. The vehicle’s purchase price does not include the 2008 Ford Explorer Repair Manual for your 2008 model year but should always accompany the mechanic.

The factory original repair manuals for the 2008 Ford Explorer are vast and cover every aspect of the vehicle’s operation. Your 2008 Ford Explorer service manual is included with the car.

2008 Ford Explorer — Owner’s Manual

When consumers purchase a 2008 Ford Explorer, they get a Ford Explorer Owners Manual containing all the required information for future maintenance and modifications.

  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Operation
  • Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Maintenance Record

While this list is thorough, the owner’s manual for the 2008 Ford Explorer provides more operational suggestions to enhance the user experience.

2008 Ford Explorer Price

The 2008 Ford Explorer has the below-mentioned rates:

  • XLT: $26,495 or €26120
  • Eddie Bauer: $29,245 or €28831
  • Limited: $33,055 or €32587

Frequently Asked Questions

How many miles will I get out of my 2008 Explorer?

You can get over 200,000 with regular care and maintenance

What year of the Ford Explorer has the most problems?


What is the reliability rating of the 2008 Explorer?

3.5 out of 5