Compare 1998 Mercedes-Benz M Class vs 1998 Ford Explorer

1998 Mercedes-Benz M Class
1998 Ford Explorer
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4-Door AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door AWD 17 21 $29,540 $33,950
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2-Door 102" WB Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door 102" WB Sport 17 21 $18,119 $19,880
4-Door 112" WB XL 17 21 $19,598 $21,560
2-Door 102" WB 4WD Sport 16 20 $20,623 $22,725
4-Door 112" WB 4WD XL 16 20 $21,287 $23,480
4-Door 112" WB XLT 17 21 $22,396 $24,740
4-Door 112" WB 4WD XLT 16 20 $24,160 $26,745
4-Door 112" WB AWD XLT 14 18 $24,160 $26,745
4-Door 112" WB Eddie Bauer 15 20 $26,066 $28,910
4-Door 112" WB AWD Eddie Bauer 14 18 $27,434 $30,465
4-Door 112" WB 4WD Eddie Bauer 15 19 $27,830 $30,915
4-Door 112" WB Limited 15 20 $28,534 $31,715
4-Door 112" WB AWD Limited 14 18 $29,903 $33,270
4-Door 112" WB 4WD Limited 15 19 $30,299 $33,720
Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,540
$18,119
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,950
$19,880
Monthly Payment Estimate
$566 / month
$331 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Special Purpose -
Rear Door Type
- Liftgate
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
54.6 43.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 56.7
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Head Room (in)
39.7 39.1
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 57.9
Front Leg Room (in)
40.3 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
55.0 51.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
105 -
Second Leg Room (in)
38.0 34.5
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 39.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
60.4 -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.4 -
Length, Overall (in)
180.6 -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - 46.9
Height, Overall (in)
69.9 67.0
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - -
Track Width, Rear (in)
60.4 -
Wheelbase (in)
111.0 101.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - 33.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 70.2
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
- 6.7
Side Door Opening Width (in)
- NA
Overhang, Front (in)
- 33.9
Step Up Height - Side (in)
- 19.8
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
- 29.6
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
- 179.6
Side Door Opening Height (in)
- NA
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
- 6.7
Step Up Height - Front (in)
- 19.8
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
- 44.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
40 NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 61.6
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
85.4 69.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 41.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
42.75 30.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
40.4 32.6
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
39.6 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
- NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
- NA
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.93 x 1.02 11.3 x 1.02
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Channel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.22 x 0.59 11.2 x 0.47
Brake Type
Power Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
- NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19 17.5
Fuel Tank Location
- Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
- NA
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 37.8
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.5 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37 34.7
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Power
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.62 -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
- 17.0
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- 15.0
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA T7R
Front Tire Size
255/65R16 P235/75R15
Spare Tire Size
Compact P235/75R15
Front Tire Order Code
NA T7R
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
255/65R16 P235/75R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- 717
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- 717
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- 1843
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- 1843
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- 717
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- 1843
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 5100
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 1005
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- N/A
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- N/A
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4237 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
- 4700
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
- 2650
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
- 1766
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
- 2290
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
- 6,000
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
- 1935
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 8 15 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 15 x 6
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 8 15 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
11.3 7.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 95
Maximum Alternator Watts
- 1425
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
- NA
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SFI SEFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
233 @ 3000 225 @ 2750
Engine Order Code
NA 99X
Displacement
3.2L/195.2 4.0L/245
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
215 @ 5500 160 @ 4200
Engine Oil Cooler
- NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 17
Transmission
Drivetrain
4 Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.10 3.40
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.41 2.05
Trans Order Code
NA 44M
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.69 -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
2.64 NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.93 3.40
Clutch Size (in)
NA 10
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.49 1.31
Trans Type
5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 0.79
Trans Description Cont. Again
Electronic NA
Trans PTO Access
- NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
- NA
Trans Power Take Off
- NA
Transfer Case Model
- NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 2 Door Sport
Vehicle Name
Mercedes-Benz M-Class Ford Explorer
Body Code
- 102" WB
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 35
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.34
Suspension Type - Rear
Double Wishbone Single-Stage Leaf
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 35
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Torsion Bar
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.77
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Torsion Bar -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- 2650
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- 2650
Axle Type - Rear
- Semi-Floating
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- 3200
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- 2290
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
- 3.27
Axle Type - Front
- Independent SLA
Frame
Frame Type
- Single Channel
Doors
Side Door Type
- NA

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