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1996 Ford Explorer

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 14/Hwy 19/Comb 16 MPG
Max Seating: 4
Engine: V6, 4.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

1996 Ford Explorer Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.2
Out of 10

Based on 1112 Ratings for the 1995 - 2001 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.5/10
    Quality
    8.5/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.5/10
  • Comfort
    8.5/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Great car

By on Friday, July 18, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 173,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable"

Cons: "Mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I am the first AND third owner of the car. After trading it to my SIL when she had a baby, I bought it back from her when she told me she would turn it in for "Cash for Clunkers" in 2009. This car has been a champ...bought it brand-new in TX, then took it to FL in 2001. While in FL, did a few trips back to TX in it. Moved to CA in 2004, and then to WI in 2010. Not once has the car failed. Along the way, I replaced the radio when the factory installed one stopped displaying. I added running boards and a tow package, and replaced the engine thermostat, but other than that is still all OEM."

Most dependable vehicle I've owned

By on Thursday, July 10, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 149,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Depenability"

Cons: "Minor issue with driver side window switch"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Our explorer has never let me down, from drifts on the closed interstate system of Wisconsin to the wacky blizzards of New Mexico. I love our Explorer Sport, it has never not started in the 13 years we've owned it and drives great in town or on a long trip."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great Truck for the money

By on Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 129,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliability, price"

Cons: "Third Brake light issues, no factory CD"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Very reliable if properly maintained. No major maintenance issues throughout the vehicle's life. 3rd brake light replacement issues appear to be consistent with all Explorers of this year range. Has definitely been a good, solid all-around vehicle."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Very dependable, comfortable, and safe

By on Sunday, July 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I liked the truck feel when driving, had very few problems, some minor electrical issues with the lights for the radio in the dashboard"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

very satisfied

By on Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 173,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great drive"

Cons: "not made for long legged tall men"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have owned this car since 2001 and it has never been in the shop for anything. My wife has been the only driver of this car and she loves it. Her Dad sold Fords for 18 yrs. until he retired. But this car was purchased from a totally different dealer and we haven't ever regretted it for one minute. The only thing that has kept it from being a ten is the fact that I can't drive it because I'm to tall, but she loves it."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Very reliable with minimal problems

By on Monday, June 30, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 334,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"After 334,000 miles there are 5 issues 1. Check Engine Light - Transmission codes but the car still drives very well 2. Heater blend door - Stuck on high heat unless Max a/c is used and then blows nice and cold 3. Drivers power door lock doesn't work correctly 4. ABS light on - the right front ABS sensor wire fell off the mount and rubbed on the CV boot causing a failure on that sensor 5. Left turn signal switch doesn't work properly. you have to hold it in place. After 334,000 miles how can we complain. I am trying to sell it now after my wife bought a new car last week but this thing has never left her stranded. We have changed several parts over the years but with some know-how and good tools there was nothing I couldn't take care of at home in the driveway. Intake gaskets were the biggest job we did a couple of years ago. If you can find one of these with low miles and need an SUV I highly recommend it. Probably one of the best years for Ford Explorers."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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