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1996 Ford Explorer User Reviews

1996 Ford Explorer Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 27 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5

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PROS
"power" 6 reviews
"ride" 5 reviews
"comfortable car" 4 reviews
"shape" 3 reviews
"reliable car" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 10 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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Displaying 11 - 20 of 27 1996 Ford Explorer reviews.

Travis writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Review
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3

Pros

Family Transport

Cons

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.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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

Pros

all wheel drive 5.0L

Cons

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

Pros

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

Pros

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

Pros

dependable, tough, powerful, common for parts if needed

Cons

ugly, poor mpg

35

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

Pros

peanut butter insides

Cons

nothing

35

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

Pros

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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Owen writes:
1996 Ford Explorer Review
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4

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great fuel economy, sound system, and towing capacity

Cons

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

35

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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Sean writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Review
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3

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Good handling, decent power for a V6, comfortable

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Auto trans...gets about 10MPG

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Real Name, Ford Exploder — Comfortable, but the suspension is crap, the 4WD doesn't work on angles due to the vacuum lines cupping out.

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Ed writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Review
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It runs good.

Cons

It's a FORD.

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It's On It's Way To The Grave. — Obviously, the car in the pictures is not mine. Mine has a lot more wear on it. Has over 214,000 miles. Back hatch doesn't open, only has one wiper and gets about 10 miles to the gallon. But it's never not started and always runs strong. I'll be testing it out on my road trip in May.

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2013 Ford Explorer Reviews

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2012 Ford Explorer Reviews

Solid Family Car, Vary Happy With It For The Most Part. By Jay

I wish I had opted for the Limited, memory seats and the intelligent cruise control would have been great features but were not options in the XLT. The interior is pretty roomy for a midsized SUV, but... Read More

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I've only had the SUV for 24 hours, so only time will tell. I will keep posting updates with my impression of this vehicle as I drive and use more of it's expansive features. Just wondering if I nee... Read More

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2011 Ford Explorer Reviews

Super Fun, Sporty Suv With The Looks To Boot! By gacowgirl79

So far this is my most favorite SUV I have ever owned. I have owned an explorer before but it was nothing compared to this one! With this one, I am just looking for a reason to get behind the wheel ... Read More

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2010 Ford Explorer Reviews

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

Best Mid-sized Suv Out! By Billy

This is my 2nt Ford Explorer and definitely not my last! This vehicle is built Ford tough and is fun to drive. Comfortably seats 7 and the 3rd row seat is very roomy for a mid-sized SUV. I wish I wa... Read More

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