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

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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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1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr Eddie Bauer AWD SUV Review
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Fast as hell 5.0 v8 AWD

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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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1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Review
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Feels solid, very reliable.

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Drinks gas!

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

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1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Review
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Owned, No Payments, Hasn't Exploded

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Needs new: tyres, shocks/struts, springs, and probably loads more I'm forgetting

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She Runs, She Hauls, She Should Live Forever — So, yeah, slushbox, heavy, poor gas milage, and currently in need of tons of work, but she pulled the first 180k miles really easily and painlessly, and hopefully will give me 120k more without too much trouble.

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1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT SUV Review
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Fast

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Fuel Mileage

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Fast And Fun — Overall it is an awesome truck, although have fun trying to find one. It is a very rare factory 2WD 5.0 with a posi-trac rear. You dont even realise its a 5000lb vehicle, it will leave a 10ft strip of rubber and those imports drivers crying.

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1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT AWD SUV Review
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Turning, comfort, 6 disc CD changer, Auto 4wd, keyless entry, bullet proof car reliability.

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Acceleration, no limited slip rear axle, 3.55 rear axle ratio instead of 3.73

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Best, First, Used Vehicle — I bought this truck with 84k miles on it. Great shape! Its an XLT but comes with every option the Eddie Bauer pkg. has except the sunroof. The seats are very comfortable, and it has very tight and surprisingly nimble steering for an older/used vehicle. Short and tight turning radius! Acceleration is not all that impressive but given a good stretch of highway, i've seen 106mph on the highway. I've owned it for 4 years now, it has a 147k miles now. Never had one ounce of trouble with it. For personal gratification though, i put new Continental Sportiva AT tires all round 31 x 10.5 x 15. Rough country shocks up front and air shocks in the rear for load leveling when pulling 4 place snowmobile trailer. Changed spark plugs at 100k just because. Never broke down or had the check engine light come on. Truly impressed for an almost 12 yr. old SUV. I love it.

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1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT 4WD SUV Review
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It could fit lots of my friends, and keep us warm in the winter, and cool in the summer.

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My door handles kept breaking. LOL.

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Had Lots Of Fun Travelling Memories In This Car. — It was great on long distance trips, the 4X4 was pretty good, it wasn't bad on performance.

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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

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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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