by slinsk on Nov 9, 2012 Vehicle: 1996 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV 4WD
Bought my 4.0L, 4dr, 4wd, auto XLT as a new loss leader from the Sunday newspaper auto section in 1996 for $23k. Had to replace a blown head gasket twice. First time was my fault because thermostat was bad and temp gage wasn't working so engine overheated & blew the head gasket. 2nd time was just from age & I was able to save a few thousand by doing the labor myself (~$700 in parts & machine shop work on the valves/heads). Now has 157k on it. Transmission is starting to slip but I understand that's normal wear & tear with this many miles. Other than that, just had the usual, tires, alternator, brakes stuff. The truck has been a workhorse.
by jltacy on Oct 28, 2005 Vehicle: 1996 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV 4WD
I plan to keep my Explorer until the most expensive thing that can go wrong, goes wrong. I have only had 1 small part replaced since I bought it in 2002. I cannot imagine driving a car again. I am spoiled. It has over 110,000 miles on it and I have had no major repairs, only wear and tear items. Yes it gets 15 - 16 miles per gallon, but when you are not making payments that quite a savings.
by Fordsucks on Oct 3, 2002 Vehicle: 1996 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV 4WD
I have had nothing but trouble with
my "exploder". Thats it's new
nickname. I have it in the shop again
for a new transmission. Second time in
2 years. Not only have I been fixing
transmissions I think every other
mechanical part has been replaced as
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 An integrated child safety seat is optional, and the Expedition model has been replaced by a Premium trim package for the Sport.