1996 Ford Explorer Overview

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Trims

2 Dr Sport 4WD SUV
4 national listings
2 Dr Sport SUV
3 national listings
2 Dr XL 4WD SUV
2 Dr XL SUV
1 national listing
4 Dr Eddie Bauer 4WD SUV
6 national listings
4 Dr Eddie Bauer AWD SUV
2 national listings
4 Dr Eddie Bauer SUV
2 national listings
4 Dr Limited 4WD SUV
8 national listings
4 Dr Limited AWD SUV
4 national listings
4 Dr Limited SUV
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4 Dr XL 4WD SUV
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Average User Score

4.15 stars

Based on 28 reviews

Love It ,will Buy Anouther If I Get The Chance by misfitt58
 — I love my explorer it is our 2d one the 1st was a 91 this one is a 96 Eddie Bauer and it dose everything but talk, I really like driving it when I get to, traded my truck for it and my wife says it he... Read More
Old And Sturdy by Jennifer
 — that suv drove over every type of snow lol even in reverse, i just loved it cause it was my dads who passed away and he loved it soooo much it meant the world to me, i drove it very proud and was hear... Read More
Amazing Car by Ryan
 — I have the entire stereo system redone with chest pounding bass from Ficaraudio and Rockford Fosgate. The car has never had any major problems. The paint still looks brand new, and the engine has... Read More

1996 Ford Explorer Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 28 reviews

1996 Ford Explorer

The 1996 Ford Explorer model year brought the engine up to the standard set by the previous year's exterior redesign.  An optional new 4.9 liter V-8 engine put out 210 horsepower, which brought the SUV well into the high-performance class; buyers could also choose the older 4.0 liter V6, 160-horsepower engine.  

Trims available included the two-door Sport model, the two-door and four-door XL and XLT models, the four-door Eddie Bauer, and the four-door Limited edition.  All trims, except the Limited, were available in a choice of four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive.

The '96 Ford Explorer continued to appeal to families looking for a roomy, comfortable sport-utility vehicle.  Cargo space was a big selling point: the 1996 Explorer provided 42.6 cubic feet with its rear seats up, and a whopping 81 cubic feet with rear seats folded down.  

Once again, the '96 Explorer was the sales champion for its market niche, with more than 300,000 vehicles shipped.  Drivers love their Explorers' durability and space a lot more than they love their gas mileage; the new engine offered even less fuel efficiency than before, yielding just 14 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, while the old engine continued to provide 15-18 mpg city, 20-23 mpg highway, depending on model.

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Ford Explorer Questions

mlafleur
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I Can't Get My Exploer To Shift Its Like The Colum Is Sstuck In Park

I was trying to hook up my explorer toa trailer and switched the key switch all theway to me when i tried to start the car it started but the gear shift wont move plz help me

11 views with 1 answer (last answer 4 days ago)
cherylet
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I Have A 1996 Explorer And My High Mount Brake Light Is Not Working. I Have...

How do I replace the bulbs in my high mounted brake light? I have already removed the ballast and accessed the bolts and nuts that attach the light to the lift-gate but I am not having any success in ...

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HAWKZILLA
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Rough Start, Then Run Smooth...intermittent

Hello, 96 Explorer. This problem has been going on for some time. It is intermittent, and would never be able to produce the issue on demand, it just does it when it does it. The it is a startin...

415 views with 2 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)
hotsuv
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Power Window , Power Seat And Power Does Not Work. Fuses All Good. Any Sugg...

SUV , 6 cylinder.

28 views with 2 answers (last answer about a month ago)
rtps
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1996 Rear Differential

It sometimes makes noise and occasional heavy vibration. 135,000 miles on old car , if the diffferential goes , can it just be disabled allowing the car to run with the front end only. all wheel drive...

22 views with 3 answers (last answer about a month ago)