1996 Ford Explorer User Reviews

1996 Ford Explorer Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 29 reviews

  • Performance:3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5
  • Appearance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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"ride" 6 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"comfortable car" 5 reviews
"reliable car" 4 reviews
"shape" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 11 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

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Christifor writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Review
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5

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Excellent all around vehicle. Goes anywhere I need it to go.

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Gas mileage.

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One Of The Best Vehicles I've Owned. — Through the mountains & far away...my Explorer has never failed me. I ultimately feel safe & can depend on it everyday. I can't say that I've ever owned a better vehicle. The mileage isn't the best, but all the good outweighs that.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ryan writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Review
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5

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The after market stereo is awesome

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nothing

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Amazing Car — 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 still been doing me well. Anything that has gone wrong with this car has been an easy self fix. Absolutely love this car, will hate to see it go.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Doug writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Review
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Off road capabilities

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Gas cost

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1996 Ford Explorer — This truck is a real beast! The 4wd is amazing! The only downside is the cost of gas. The maintinance cost is minimal. This is the most solidly built car I have ever owned. If you want a good on/off road vehicle, this is it! Especially off road!!! Buy one today!

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Anarchy32 writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XL 4WD SUV Review
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It was roomy, comfortable, and a smooth ride.

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Known for transmission problems

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Beater — This vehicle was an ok vehicle. It ran great and drove smooth. It was a decent looking and clean vehicle. It was really roomy and comfortable to drive. There was a lot of storage space. Overall it was a good vehicle to have.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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David writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT SUV Review
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very little repairs

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gas milage

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It Works — great vehical, bad gas milage. xlt with air, power windows and doors cruise control that dont work and a 6 disc cd player. power seats and it goes and goes. I have 230,000 miles on it and still going strong.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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misfitt58 writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Eddie Bauer AWD SUV Review
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to many to list

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dont get to drive it enough

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Love It ,will Buy Anouther If I Get The Chance — 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 hers, so I got stuck with the 86 bmw ,, ya I got her car and she got my truck, it really will get up and go, has v8 awd in show great traction, starts everytime nomatter how cold, sound system is fantastic, handles great, a very comfortable ride, has am/fm/cas/cd/w six pack/ black w/ gold w/ tan int in very good cond for a 14 yr old, all I did when we got it was put some allweather tires on it and check all fluids, we are very happy with it and best of all we olny paid a total of $900 for it

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Matt writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Review
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It's fun, the space comes in handy, looks sporty

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16-18 mpg, insurance will rape you because they call it an "suv" and not a light truck.

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My Little Get-around — Fairly proportionate front/rear weight ratio, comfy enough to sleep in if I wanted or needed to. It accelerates and brakes fine for something that weighs about 2.5 tons. If I had more places to go I would have lots of fun driving it. I would like to put a lift kit on it someday.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1996 Ford Explorer 2 Dr Sport SUV Review
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the stereo

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the gas mileage

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Eeeehhhhhh Its Ok. — Do not let it go past 175 thousand miles.....things will break apart worse then a Yugoslavian space shuttle. Had this thing over a year and a half, and, the trans is slipping, have a myster intake leak and sensors are failing.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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dresterex writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT SUV Review
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Heck it's a nice a$$ vehicle,

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Not a DANG THING other than I'm not driving her NOW!!!!!!!!

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It's 1996 An Still Running Strong Even After 15 Years...... — The one thing i like about my baby is she don't talk back lol naw she is strong...The previous owner had her for the entire 15yrs no major problems.. The vehicle has over 170,000miles an still pushing the speed limits if you knnow what I mean..The EX has so many potentials 'OL BLU' what I call her is under contruction right now she should be 80% by summer time

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Shannon writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XL SUV Review
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reliable for the most part

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ugly, awful on gas

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Doable — The explorer makes for a good first car, but a lot of mechanical problems resulting in putting more money into the car than it's worth. Wish it was a little more fun to drive though, I like a little torque in my cars.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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1991 Ford Explorer Reviews

A Very Useable 4wheel Drive By Aaronhawaii1980

I actually have a had a couple of these Explorers like this and they are tanks I turned one into a monster 4x4 and thats all I did with it. This one however is the Eddie Bauer which has everything in... Read More

Quick By hunterw26

good suv for mudding and hunting with friends, good off road truck, i like the 4.0 it has good power iv raced my friend and he has a f150 with a 5.0 and beat him its a good truck with good power for a... Read More

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1992 Ford Explorer Reviews

I Love My Truck!!! By Laurbee

When I moved from Florida to Pennsylvania I was told I SHOULD get rid of my Honda and get a 4WD vehicle. I traded my 97 Honda for my 92 Explorer. Ball joints were bad but expected. Very little rust ev... Read More

Good Vehicle To Own. By Brian

Vehicle has great acceleration, braking, handling, and ground clearance. Have had some minor repairs done (Water pump, Clutch, and Head Gaskets) but should be expected since vehicle has over 200,000 m... Read More

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1993 Ford Explorer Reviews

For Style It's An Suv And His Name Is The Beast By Loree

My Beast has been a good work SUV it is a 1993 and except for a few minor things that didn't cost me much to fix it is an awesome vehicle. Don't know how this years Explorer's have been rated but I ra... Read More

A Great Overall Truck I Love My Fords! By Conway83

Nice riding truck looked great, Tons of cargo space when you folded down the backseats just loved the overall look and sportyness of the 2 door backed up with the 5 speed manual tranny, The on... Read More

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1994 Ford Explorer Reviews

2d 4wd Suv By Alec_William

For a small vehicle it handles great off-road and going into the mountains. It is good at taking corners and going high speeds quickly. The brakes work exceptionally well. It's a fun little vehicle ... Read More

Junk By tfret

Comfortable and stylish, that's the only thing good I can say about it. The performance and fuel economy were both pathetic. I got angry at this car every time I drove it. My wife decided it was bad f... Read More

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1995 Ford Explorer Reviews

P.o.s Winter Beater By Tater343

At first I really liked driving it, but then the brakes went out, the tranny went out, the eletric window motors went out, the radio sounded fuzzy. Bought it for 600 and made it 3 months before the mo... Read More

Nice By Steve

its an ok truck needs more power for a 4.o tho its pretty sleeek in my eyes really like the rims forr bein stock but i really think it sits too low for a 4x4 truck deff needs to sit higher from fact... Read More

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