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

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

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Fast as hell 5.0 v8 AWD

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10 miles per gallon

35

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

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Owned, No Payments, Hasn't Exploded

Cons

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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Scott writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT SUV Review
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5

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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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Chase writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT AWD SUV Review
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4

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

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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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dresterex writes:
1996 Ford Explorer 4 Dr XLT SUV Review
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4

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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!!!!!!!!

dresterex
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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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Reviews From Other Years

2014 Ford Explorer Reviews

Best Vehicle I Have Ever Owned By TMACWEBDESIGN

The Ford Explorer is the best vehicle I have ever owned . I like to buy american also looked at the Lincoln MKX which was noisy in comparison . I believe Lincoln has become an over priced Ford . Go wi... Read More

Great Suv Probably Best In Its Class/size By Divinejudge1

This SUV was very nice! It felt as nice as some Range Rovers my friends own that are only 5 years old. On that alone I believe this SUV is a great value and worth considering as a buy. I'm not a fan o... Read More

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2013 Ford Explorer Reviews

Best Vehicle I Have Ever Owned By TimmySEO

I like everything about the Ford Explorer . My favorite is the technology , so far advanced compared to the competition . I read reviews on the MyFord touch that were negative . Maybe if you are lik... Read More

Nice Looker By kidscoach

A great improvement in interior design and grade of materials. A few more amenities I would suggest, heated second row seats, more cup holders, ambient lighting around the headliner, second row adjust... Read More

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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

First Ford, So Far So Good. By codemannwo

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

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

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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