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Exploder.. I mean explorer
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Olivia Alyse
on

Vehicle

1996 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV


Review

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
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By mdmadv@hotmail.com
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Vehicle

1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV


Review

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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WOW
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By allenone973
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Vehicle

1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV


Review

I never in a million years thought i
would be writing a glowing review of a
Ford but here I am! My V8 currently has
189000 on the clock and it has been
almost completely trouble free for over
60K miles. Regular tranny service and
oil changes, upper and lower ball
joints, an idler pulley, brake pads,
one rotor, fuel pump (may not have even
been bad) and a new set of Continental
tires. I have read the 6cyl is crap but
the V8 has a great engine/tranny setup.
gas mileage is HORRIBLE, i average
14MPG. Avoid the 6, get the 8, you will
pass everything but gas stations! Ride
is good on smooth roads but if there
are bumps in the road you will know it.


Best Features

Killer V8 power, power leather seats are way too comfy, brakes stop it on a dime, handles great. Controls are easy to reach.


Worst Features

Better gas mileage, better bump and heave manners.


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Love my Explorer
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By GregTT
on

Vehicle

1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

Bought my Explorer new in late '95 and
its been very reliable ever since.
Just basic maintenance, brakes, tires.
O2 sensor replaced a while back but
that was pretty cheap. 86000 miles now
and still going strong.


Best Features

Styling still holds up, tough SUV, reliable


Worst Features

Might have bought the V8 if I did over, otherwise, no complaints.


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'96 XLT V8 after 8 years & 120,000 miles
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Clockmaker
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Vehicle

1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD


Review

This has been an extremely reliable
vehicle. It's never been out of service.
Most miles are highway at or above speed
limits, but quite a few are off-road in
Colorado mountains. The ride is not very
good on-highway and is jarring off-road.
AWD is faultless. Overall MPG about
16-17, OK considering CO winter fuel.
Interior and exterior design were
state-of-the-art when bought,are still
OK but dated.Interior still makes sense.
I rate performance high because it has
always done what I asked- towed
trailers, off-roaded, passed in tight
situations, stopped well in emergency
situations. I still haven't added a
quart of oil between changes. Result: my
next SUV will be an Explorer.


Best Features

When I bought, night-time illumination of EVERY control EVERWHERE was a revelation. Now, it's common. Next, AWD. I have never detected wheels slipping in any circumstance, and I've been in some extreme places and bad situations.


Worst Features

Ride quality (which I understand has been addressed by the 2002 re-design); more cargo space (also, I think addressed by the 2002 re-design).


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