1996 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: They don't build 'em like this

1996 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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

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They don't build 'em like this anymore..
By NMR on


1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


I bought this SUV with 150,000 miles. I now have almost 180,000. The only 'major' repair I have had is with the transmission...a solenoid that cost $200. Other than that, I have experienced only typical maintenance issues: exhaust, brakes/rotors, O2 sensor, plugs/wires...which most can be done by the average DIYer. To the poster with 240k+ miles: if you have that MANY miles on a (American) suv and you aren't happy, then you will never be happy with any vehicle. I have been looking to buy a new vehicle for the past year and based upon reviews, I will be sure to keep this one as a backup. I cannot say much bad about this SUV...IMO the Explorer is an A+ concept that ended when Ford redesigned.

Best Features

Dual air bags, enormous cargo space (ability to transport 10+ sheets of 4x8 sheetrock), premium sound system, low maintenance costs.

Worst Features

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