1996 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: What a great vehicle!

1996 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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

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What a great vehicle!
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1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV 4WD


I have owned many automobiles over the years and this one is by far the most reliable. It now has about 170,000 miles on it and has never needed anything outside of the typical routine maintenance schedule. The 4.0L is not the greatest on gas (although I have seen as high as 19-20 MPG on long trips) it shows no signs of tiring anytime soon. Still has the original exhaust sytem! Amazing. While the vehicle has just started to rust a bit, I cannot let go yet to buy a new vehicle. It is nearly worthless on the books as a trade. I will probably drive this until the body falls off! Sure home my next purchase treats me as well. Great job Ford!

Best Features

Incredibly reliable. Great in snow. Very versitile. Tireless 4.0L engine and seemingly bulletproof tranny. Shift on the fly 4WD.

Worst Features

Slightly better mileage for every day driving.
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