1996 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: One long time owner

1996 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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

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One long time owner
By TS on


1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


I've owned my Explorer for almost 12 years now, since new. It has nearly 150,000 miles on it. It's been very reliable, requiring less than the normal amount of maintenance of other vehicles I've owned. It's now my extra third vehicle, and I use it often for truck like duties such as trailer hauling and moving my daughter to and from college. If and when I need a new SUV, it'll be another Explorer, a true truck SUV.

Best Features

Power everything is nice. The rear seat radio controls have been often used as the kids grew up.

Worst Features

More attention to rust prone areas in the rocker panels and rear wheel lips so my 12 year old Explorer could go 25 years!
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