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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Robert writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Eddie Bauer AWD SUV Review
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4

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all wheel drive 5.0L

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tippy

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Great Driver — 5.0L power in this little explorer she has some real get up and go love the all wheel drive needs to be a standard though but when the lil gil goes she goes good for a stock suv love it

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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

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comfy,looks good,power everything

Cons

drinks petrol like no tomorrow

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Love It — i loooooooove my explorer so compy its like driving your own lounge around lol and it has power everything. Bad thing as much as i love her she loves petrol just as much but she's worth it. And it fits all my five children the kids in the back back row arent quite as comfy but it does the job

Primary Use: Family transportation

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misfitt58 writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Eddie Bauer AWD SUV Review
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5

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to many to list

Cons

dont get to drive it enough

misfitt58
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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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Peter writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 2 Dr Sport SUV Review
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2

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the stereo

Cons

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

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dependable, tough, powerful, common for parts if needed

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ugly, poor mpg

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Old And Sturdy — 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 heartbroken when i traded her but she wasnt gonna pass inpection and i had nowhere to store her .... powerful ride ugly on the outside accelerated great, brakes were magnificent for an older vehicle, handled well, very sturdy build, all around ugly looks lol, mpg sucked, just needed oil pretty much, well this car had an alignment problem from the get go but if i pulled on the sterring wheel just left of center i was able to compensate.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Glutious writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 2 Dr Sport 4WD SUV Review
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5

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peanut butter insides

Cons

nothing

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The Greatest — this is my baby ive had it for two years now and the performance is exellent it hasnt given me any problems the build is great whoever had it before me kept it in good shape inside and out. Bout to get a expedition for christmas.

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

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Ricardo writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XL SUV Review
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4

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Great service thru the years.

Cons

Lack of power.

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Will Buy Another One. — A great SUV...have it for a long time now, mostly cargo. Has given great service, only a few broken items. A/C failed a couple of years ago , easy fix. P/W motors have failed twice. Regular oil changes has kept it in the clear .

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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

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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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Joshua writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 2 Dr Sport SUV Review
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4

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Roomy, comfortable,

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Chipping paint, high miles

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Ford Explorer Sport — I'm pretty satisfied with my Explorer, I'm not by any stretch of the imagination an expert, but I like it. It gets about 21 MPG, handles well, and is roomy without being bulky. I give it about an 8 out of 10. Not as fun to drive as a small car, but better than a large SUV.

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Owen writes:
1996 Ford Explorer Review
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4

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great fuel economy, sound system, and towing capacity

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a little old but when new, was virtually a perfect truck

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Great Suv — great truck. its 12 years old and still runs great. the manual transmition gets great fuel economy. things are startin to break, but what can you expect of a 12 year old truck with seventy thousand miles on it that has been used as much as this one. i inherited it from my dad when he got a new car so it didnt coast a penny. it has great acceleration and towing capacity and performs well on the highway.

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2014 Ford Explorer Reviews

Number 1 Suv By jrl559

The Ford Explorer is the best looking (inside and out) and driving SUV on the road today! All Around Great Performance and absolutely a pleasure to drive on any roadways. Very comfortable interior and... Read More

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After driving the new Ford Explorer sport for the first time about six months ago, it has to be the best SUV on the market. The performance of the 3.5L twin turbo 365 HP engine is second to none. The ... Read More

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2013 Ford Explorer Reviews

Super All-around Suv! By Kpecot

Great family SUV. Lots of cargo room and passenger comforts. Love the leather, roof rack and 4WD upgrades as well as SYNC and Bluetooth features. Drives nice, solid handling. Liked it so much, getting... Read More

Super Suv! By Kpecot

Loved this SUV. In fact, I'm getting another one (2014 or 2015)! Preferred to drive it over our second car, which is a sporty and fun-to-drive 300Z. Leather and 4WD a big plus but not "must haves". Li... Read More

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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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