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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Ford Explorer Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 160 hp @ 4200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1996 Ford Explorer

  • Safety
  • Pros

  • Cons

  • What's New for 1996

    For the 1996 Ford Explorer, the long-awaited V8 AWD versions are available in XLT, Eddie Bauer or Limited Edition flavors. An integrated child safety seat is optional, and the Expedition model has been replaced by a Premium trim package for the Sport.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 16
  • cty
/
  • 21
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



A disappointment

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Vehicle: 1996 Ford Explorer XL 4dr SUV

This SUV was the first vehicle I got to drive as soon as I received my license. Once I did receive it, I got to see all the problems that accompanied it. In 8 years, we had to replace the transmission 3 times. There was an incredible amount of body roll at speeds above 55 mph (that made it feel dangerous on the highway), and the suspension had a horrendous squeak whenever the wheels drove over anything. Gas mileage was terrible with the weak V6. However, regardless of all its faults, I got very close to this car and was sad to finally see it go when we discarded it through the Cash for Clunkers program.




Tank

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Vehicle: 1996 Ford Explorer XL 4dr SUV

This is my first American vehicle and will NOT be my last (Ford). This thing is a WORK HORSE. I pull a 3500lb trailer every weekend and it has done this for the last 3 1/2 years. Very reliable. I have 130k on it and look forward to 75k more



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Best car ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Vehicle: 1996 Ford Explorer XL 4dr SUV

This car is such an outstanding car. It is more reliable than my wife.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

No problems!

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Vehicle: 1996 Ford Explorer XL 4dr SUV

Has been a great car for my family!




1996 explorer a solid suv

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Vehicle: 1996 Ford Explorer XL 4dr SUV

The ride is a little stiff, gas milage not all that good, but this has been the best vehicle I have ever owned in my 58 years of vehicle ownership. We have had one recall but other then that we have only had the Explorer in for regular scheduled service, spark plugs, wires, hoses, belt, and fluids. 135K miles and the front end is starting to squeek but I would not be afraid to take it to Alaska tomorrow.



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Full 1996 Ford Explorer Review

What's New for 1996

For the 1996 Ford Explorer, the long-awaited V8 AWD versions are available in XLT, Eddie Bauer or Limited Edition flavors. An integrated child safety seat is optional, and the Expedition model has been replaced by a Premium trim package for the Sport.

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Talk About The 1996 Explorer

1996 Ford Explorer Discussions See all Started By

oscar50
oscar50
10-06-2008
board in a little box which is mounted on my explorer(1996 ) to the left of the radio. It is about six inches by 4 inches and is mounted vertically . You have to pull out the radio and fan control . ...


josue
josue
11-02-2005
I have a ford explorer 1996, it always start in the mourning, but after driving for a 10 min. and try to start a gain one or two hours lates, it won't star, only cranks, and smells gasoline, after si...


hthornley
hthornley
08-15-2010
Have a Ford Explorer 1996, A/C works good in max position, when I switch to A/C...



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