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

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It's pretty dependable

Cons

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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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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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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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

Cons

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

Pros

good size (not too big, nor too small). reliable.

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safety scare some years back hurt resale value. Not fuel efficient.

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Good Vehicle. Reliable. — Owned for a couple of years. No major problems.

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

Pros

Fast as hell 5.0 v8 AWD

Cons

10 miles per gallon

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Favorite Ever Suv — Awesome SUV, decked out inside and out, like having the highest quality SUV on the market, minus the gps. Fully loaded with gadgets, stock JBL audio system, Fast, sounds great, best suspension ever, most comfortable ride.

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

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Feels solid, very reliable.

Cons

Drinks gas!

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Built Like A Tank! — Has a nice interior, XLT comes with alloy wheels.

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Carri writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 2 Dr XL SUV Review
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5

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

Pros

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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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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