1996 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Common yet reliable

1996 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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XLT 4dr SUV (5.0L V8 AWD 4-speed Automatic)

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Common yet reliable
By Lukas on


1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD


My first truck. Big, bulky, gas consuming auto yet I can finally fit all along with my family. Mechanically sound and solid, I love the 5-speed manual transmission with hydraulic clutch - no problems there, good pick up yet sluggish if you do not know how to handle it. Clean and powerful engine. Explorer is extremely popular truck around and I was afraid Ford builds quantity and not quality - I guess I was wrong, absolutely no mechanical problems. The gas prices are the main concern as this truck likes to consume. I get better mileage with manual transmission but fill up costs me a bundle

Best Features

5-speed manual transmission, good solid truck.

Worst Features

The switch between AWD to 2WD or 4WD, the switch itself reminds me of a wiper switch, should be more noticeable and more rustic.
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