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A Pretty Good SUV
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By Wildbill
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1996 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


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I bought the Explorer used. At first I had to replace the head gaskets due to oil and antifreeze leaks. That took about $1000 which really bumed me out on it. Since then it has been a good vehicle.


Best Features

Look and driving feel.


Worst Features

More power from the V6.


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By Cameron EX
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1996 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV


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What can go wrong on my Explorer has. I have had 3 transmissions. The inside is falling apart and the foil aluminum is coming off of my bumper and the thing is noisy.


Best Features

The V6 is plenty for this size Suv. Six changer CD player (when it worked).


Worst Features

Burn it up and start over.


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Love This Truck
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By Gypsy
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1996 Ford Explorer SUV Sport 2dr SUV 4WD


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I went from a little import sports car to what seemed a "big" vehicle. I came to love it like no other vehicle I have ever owned. On snow and ice it handles beautifully. For an SUV it gets great gas mileage. I personally don't like 4 door SUV's because they seem too long and ugly so the Sport model was right up my alley. It looks cool, rides great, and is just plain fun to drive.


Best Features

I love the body style of the 96. It's curvy enough to not look boxy, yet not so curved as to seem shapeless. It really is a great looking SUV.


Worst Features

I do agree that the back seats are uncomfortable. The passenger seat legroom leaves something to be desired if you are tall.


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Exploder.. I mean explorer
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By Olivia Alyse
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1996 Ford Explorer SUV Sport 2dr SUV


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Personally, I don't care much for the car. I've spent nearly 2000$ in repairs for it! To begin with, I'm a very very cautious driver- I've never caused any wrecks, but I've been rear ended. And the car held up well in the collison- but a few times, when turning slowly even or taking a curve, the car nearly flips over and tilts. Other times, it stalls out and the car speedometer is wrong. When compared to other drivers going 40 the explorer seems slower. It also takes forever to accelerate. And it's a gas guzzler. It also has a very very very bumpy ride. I swear I could feel a pebble in grass! Not the best car in the world- especially for someone on a budget!


Best Features

The 6 CD deck and padded bumper


Worst Features

Nothing- I could never drive an SUV again after driving this car.


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96 Explorer 174k and still running great
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By mdmadv@hotmail.com
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1996 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4dr SUV


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Purchased used off a lease w/ 17k miles. Has had strict maintenance program, synthetic oil every 4k, transmission service every 20k, flush coolant system annually. Normal driving 16-17, highway 20-21 mpg. Original transmission overdrive just failed after 174k. In shop now. Will repair and give to my son. I would buy another Explorer or Escape; If you service the vehicle it has a better chance of lasting.


Best Features

4WD, 4 liter V-6, leather interior.


Worst Features

None.


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