Seven years ago, found my Eddie
Bauer with 10K, loved the drive, the
computer/systems check, the moonroof &
cockpit style interior, Picked up the
girls from practice and took it for a
test drive. A thumbs up from the back
seat - cushy leather, stereo controls,
a/c vents, cup holders and plenty of
cargo space for bags. Consumer Reports
it a good rating, price was right...so
we made the deal...seven years later I
still smile everytime I get behind the
wheel. It's been an extremely reliable
and cost efficient vehicle and we
still love it. Good design never goes
out of style!
Nothing but problems.Oil leak under
chain cover ($525) Transmission ($2500)
Steering column broke ($310.00) + 2
recalls, & many little things.
Disappointing vehicle. Never buy Ford
again. Will buy Toyota to get a real
car. Mechanic who fixed steering wheel
said Ford told him that the Fords have
alot of problems with this steering
wheel problem. I went to turn off my
car and my key just flipped around &
then it would not turn off my
accessories. It was not my starter it
is Actuators and Assy Bracket. My
suggestion is buy another car.There are
many more out there that are better
than the Ford Explorer and Ford all
together. Gas mileage stinks to.
Bought this '96 Explorer used in '98.
Only problem with it was a sticky gas
pedal ($80 fix) and "Check Engine"
light refused to go off until fixed by
dealer. Other than that, for the past
six years it's been just regular
maintenance. My V8's got plenty of
power - but not having 4x4 has hurt me
a few times. It's a bit too light in
the back in the snow/ice. But for
decent conditions, this cars done been
what's been asked of it.
My '96 Explorer still looks good &
drives well. It hasn't been driven
hard - it's spent more days at
the airport than off-roading. I get an
oil change every 5,000 miles or so and
I haven't spent much time at all at the
repair shop (new brake pads and a new
thermostat). It's been recalled twice:
once because of the infamous Firestone
tires, and once for for something
having to do a weak front stabilzer bar
link (granted, both pretty serious). I
have to say I wasn't too impressed with
the way it drove until after I replaced
the Firestone tires with 4 brand new
Michelins. They made a huge difference
in stability and handling.
By far my favorite features are the 6-
CD changer and the power moonroof. I
also have found the extra cargo space
pretty useful over the years.
The manufacturer should have delivered
better tires from the start. Less of a
truck suspension and more of a luxury
car suspension would be nice.