1996 Ford Explorer Overview

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1996 Ford Explorer Overview

The 1996 Ford Explorer model year brought the engine up to the standard set by the previous year's exterior redesign. An optional new 4.9 liter V-8 engine put out 210 horsepower, which brought the SUV well into the high-performance class; buyers could also choose the older 4.0 liter V6, 160-horsepower engine.

Trims available included the two-door Sport model, the two-door and four-door XL and XLT models, the four-door Eddie Bauer, and the four-door Limited edition. All trims, except the Limited, were available in a choice of four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive.

The '96 Ford Explorer continued to appeal to families looking for a roomy, comfortable sport-utility vehicle. Cargo space was a big selling point: the 1996 Explorer provided 42.6 cubic feet with its rear seats up, and a whopping 81 cubic feet with rear seats folded down.

Once again, the '96 Explorer was the sales champion for its market niche, with more than 300,000 vehicles shipped. Drivers love their Explorers' durability and space a lot more than they love their gas mileage; the new engine offered even less fuel efficiency than before, yielding just 14 mpg city, 18 mpg highway, while the old engine continued to provide 15-18 mpg city, 20-23 mpg highway, depending on model.

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    Is It A Switch Or A Fuse Or A Blower Motor?

    Ok so the other day the blowers stopped blowing and/or making noise. But the heat still comes out very hot just on low it seems no matter how much I turn the fan switch. The back glowed works and th...

    2,700 views with 20 answers (last answer 10 hours ago)
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    No Air Coming From Front Vents

    Here's a run down of events leading up to this. Maybe 2 years ago, heat and air worked fabulously. Then one day, MAX setting on cold air stopped working, but all other settings continues to work. M...

    5,184 views with 12 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)

    Will The Engine Out Of A 1996 Explorer Fit Into A1989 Bronco 2 With No Prob...

    replacing the engine 2.9 with 4.0 out of explorer

    7 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)

    No Dash Lights When Turn On Key

    My suv will not turn over I have charge the battery and it still dose not turn over no doom lights no lights on dash

    14 views with 2 answers (last answer about a month ago)
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    When I Turn On Headlights High Beams Work But Not Low Beam Both Sides! What...

    When I turn on my headlights, only highbeam works not low beam! What could be the problem?

    208 views with 5 answers (last answer 2 months ago)