1996 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Drivin' this 1 'til bottom fal

1996 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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Sport 2dr SUV (4.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Manual)

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Drivin' this 1 'til bottom falls out!
By LoveMySUV on


1996 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV 4WD


Original owner, love this vehicle. I will cry the day I have to get rid of it. I've had NO issues, repairs, etc. other than regular maintenance or the occasional cracked radiator hose or seal deterioration (at 10 years old, this is expected). In attempts to improve gas mileage, I added K&N air filter, open cat-back exhaust with 2" pipe, and performance spark plugs, boosting from Std 160 HP to about 180. The occasional tow of 750-1000 lbs. and the random off-road experiences make this a fun ride. It turns 180 on a dime, I've seen no other car make turns like this one. I've never managed to get the EPA fuel rating, and this, to be honest is the only problem I have, with 14/17 mpg city/hwy.

Best Features

U-turns on a dime, virtually maintenance free, sporty, solid performance and durability, super fun.

Worst Features

EPA fuel rating are a lie. Don't expect 18/21, you get 14/17. Solid step bars, rather than hollow, would prevent early rusting of steps and bumpers.
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