1996 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Ok drive, but not reliable

1996 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Ok drive, but not reliable
By mattathayde on


1996 Ford Explorer Sport 2dr SUV


Got this car from my sister in 05 for free, just paid to ship, ok not bad at all 900 bucks. Had to put 4- 500 bucks into it for repairs. A/C, alignment, brakes. Nothing huge. Now the Explorer has a little bump and dip if you turn it hard right because inside the front wheel well the cloth material that blocks a lot of dirt from getting up into the engine well is ripped and catches the wheel a little. Drive it for about a year, the coolant system started to leak, had to get that fixed, had to get an O2 sensor replaced. Some other repairs. Now we have about 3-5000 worth of repairs needed on it- electrical issues, ac is broken, driving lights go out some times. I didn't abuse it.

Best Features

Power, the engine is about the best/only good thing in it

Worst Features

Back end a little to light, electrical system quality needs to be remotely good.
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