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.
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.
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).
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.