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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PROS
"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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1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Review
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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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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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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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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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dependable

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n/a

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I Love This Vehicle...i Would Own Another — THE PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN GREAT AND DEPENDABLE.Its body and interior is in great shape. I recently put new O2 sensor in, oil change, fuel filter, and changed spark plugs. I have enjoyed this vehicle and hate to see it go.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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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 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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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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1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Review
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It's pretty dependable

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it's squeaky.

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Best Car I Own — good memories in this car, perfect balance of power and fuel efficiency. i'd like to lift it a bit, something like four inches. i don't really like some of its looks but all in all i think she's a keeper.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Family Transport

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It's a poorly designed ford product

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I'd Never Own Another One — Stay as far away from an Explorer as you possibly can. Way underpowered and has a tendancy to wheel hop when carrying a load. 4x4 is horrible and the engine blew just before 90 k. Seats were very uncomfortable, and the A/C (with a full chrage) blew luke warm air.

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2013 Ford Explorer Reviews

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Super Suv! By Kpecot

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2012 Ford Explorer Reviews

The Ultimate Snowboarding Assault Vehicle By cargurusLV

What's the point of getting an SUV with 5-seats? That's just an oversized car that eats up more gas. That's why I got the Explorer. It has 7-seats and luxuriously appointed with a great tech convenien... Read More

Feels Good, Looks Good. By mikepetrey

Like the appearance and performance. Smooth riding SUV with all the luxuries. The air conditioning is very cold, the heat is very warm. All power features have always worked with no problems whatso... Read More

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2011 Ford Explorer Reviews

Sporty By lisser17

The room for my whole family in a reliable car. You will always get compliments on the ride and the look of the car. The convenience of the remote start is wonderful on hot and cold days! We love thi... Read More

Good Vehicle. By Ken

Could use a little more power. The 3.5L V6 is just not quite enough. However, I'm sure my mileage is much better than if it had a V8, so I'm not really complaining all that much. Otherwise, a very nic... Read More

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2010 Ford Explorer Reviews

Great Dependable Suv With All The Creature Comforts You Need. By SS131

What I love about this car is that it has the power third row seating which makes it very easy to accommodate more passengers with the touch of a button.Beautiful interior color combo and the Ford syn... Read More

Lots Of Toys On The Limited Awd By goldy

Accelerator responsiveness with the 6 speed transmission and the v8 is lousy. The 6 speed wants to be in 2nd when starting and shifts very quickly to 6th even when going only 30mph.6 speed is only goo... Read More

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