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1996 Ford Explorer Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 29 reviews
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
Help, My Transmission Will Only Go In Reverse, 1996 Ford Explorer, Tried Ad...
my transmission will only go in reverse, 1996 ford explorer, tried adding tranny fluid, stop slip, going thru PRND21 in 2WD 4WD and 4WDL, plus transfer case bolt replaced before break down.
Alternator Info 1996 Ford Explorer
What alternative or; interchangeable alternators are interchangeable for the 1996 Ford Explorer XLT four-wheel-drive? The truck has the 4.0L V6 & it is the sport edition.
96 And 99 Explorer Hatch
Will the 99 hatch interchange with the 96. Acquired a very cheap 99 sport that has a large amount of good parts that will work on my 96 sport. Just figured I'd ask before going through the trouble o...
Tranny Fluid In Coolant
I have tranny fluid in my coolant but no coolant in my tranny fluid, would a coolant seal ? Or would a tranny fluid stop leak work, it's just a temporary fix for couple days till I get paid then p...
Transmission 96 Ford Explorer
My tranny news t shifting on time it get to 20 rmps before it shifts,,is putting a lubricant in there safe...or just change the fluid and fliter