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'96 XLT
By Renae on 01/15/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

I really enjoyed my Explorer. It corners well, is well balanced, therefore travels in snow & on ice REAL WELL. Mine has a tow package and overdrive feature. I have towed 4000# a few times, pulls comfortably on the level, slow on inclines but what else do you expect with a 4.0 litre engine?
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Unparalleled reliability
By molllibbburg on 01/13/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV


Review

Traded SUV with in-laws in 7/03, so I know the history. After 130,000 miles, it just had its first repair (excluding maintenance) - a water pump. V8 runs great and starts every time. Drove from Miami to Chicago in July and then to S. Carolina in December. Would buy another (with V8 only). Mileage is acceptable and some interior components are cheap and deteriorate from sun rays.
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Great Car
By Trifecta Show on 12/10/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

I love the explorer. Only bad thing is the terrible as mileage(mine is a 5 liter V8 and I get about 13 miles/gallon on average. Oherwise great car.
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love my explorer
By hunypooh777 on 11/07/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

i got it with 96,000 on it and it looked and drove like new. now has 108,000 have only changed o2 sensor, oil and trans fluid. oh yea the front end squeaked like crazy when i got it and the dealer replaced front shocks and grease fittings. havent had any real problems...has been pretty reliable. was comfy when we went from nj to fl and back.
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best auto that i ever owned
By cousin vinny on 10/19/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV


Review

this was my first 4x4.the ride in rough terrain was a pleasure to experience.the controls are well layed out and easy to use..it rides like a truck,cause it is a truck.i owned this vehicle for 7 years and it never failed when the weather was bad..best truck for the money
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Dependable Ford Explorer
By jeradoh on 10/13/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

Well built, easy to maintain, safe vehicle.
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I love my Explorer
By SusieQsSUV on 10/04/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

I enjoy driving the Explorer. It's comfortable, dependable and great on gas mileage. It's stylish.
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built ford tough
By justexploring on 09/13/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

I bought my Eplorer brand new for business travel purposes. I was getting more than 20k miles a year on it, and at the same time had hardly any problems. Keeping up on maitainance sure makes a difference in performance. It now has a little over 150k mile, and still running very well. Very comfortable, even when driving a few hours on the road. Handles very well on corners. The "Check Engine" light started bleeping when it hit 120k miles. Been going off and on since, but hasn't altered the performance. Mechanics havent figured whats the problem though. Very pleased, and would consider buy another explorer, when the time comes.
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Hate to Sell
By MatthewMitchell on 09/09/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV 4WD


Review

Bought this car used with 10,000 mile and factory warranty remaining. Have never had a problem. Replaced the tires (Firestone was original), Ford even paid for these. Replaced the battery and brakes, and it runs forever with regular tune-ups. The ride is bumpy due to the big tires and sitting so high off the ground, but in snow this is the car you want to have.
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Great SUV
By GregS on 08/26/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


Review

My Explorer has been quite reliable, never had anything break on it. Got rid of the Firestone tires, now happily running Michelins. I used to live in Colorado, and the 4WD worked fine there, though the front wheels were skittish when making tight turns with 4WD engaged. Here in balmy Southern California, the sunroof is always open and the air conditioner works well. I'm starting to have wind noise around the driver's window. Also, the front left speaker drops out now and then when I go over a bump. Overall, it's been a great SUV, a huge improvement ofer the 86 GMC Jimmy it replaced.
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