Introduced in 1990, the 2011 Explorer is a crossover sport utility vehicle (SUV), older models were marketed as mid-size SUVs. Despite the enduring popularity of the Explorer, various models have experienced problems throughout the years. In particular, the 1998 Explorer suffers from several radio issues.
Various 1998 Ford Explorer Technical Service Bulletins indicate the factory radio's screen works intermittently. Drivers report that although the radio is on, the information on the screen fades in and out. Although it does not affect the radio's performance, it is a nuisance because users cannot see what station is playing.
Aside from an inconsistent screen, numerous drivers have reported that antenna problems affect the radio's performance. Auto Beef indicated that users experienced AM and FM radio not coming in at all due to a faulty antenna. Reviews also reported that the Explorer's antenna may stop retracting, which requires the driver to pull it up and down.
AutoMD estimates the cost of a new antenna mast for a 1998 Explorer at $68 (as of January 2011). Since the 1998 Explorer is an older model, it is more cost efficient to replace the factory radio with an after-market radio from an electronic store or car radio specialty store. Although a 1998 Explorer radio is estimated at $220, you can purchase a new after-market stereo for much less.
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