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4.63 out of 5 stars

Guess I Got One Of The Good Ones

greenmamba, 04/11/2015
1996 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV
19 of 19 people found this review helpful

Bought mine with 135K back in '01. It now has over 300K and has been the perfect vehicle. Still looks fantastic, interior has a small 1 1/2 inch tear on the driver seat's side. Has never left us walking. Same transmission, water pump, rear end. The only big things replaced are a/c and radiator. Both done by me and all maintenance also.

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4.38 out of 5 stars

1996 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0L V8

HeZ777, 03/06/2010
1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV
23 of 24 people found this review helpful

I've owned this car since October 1997, buying it with about 11,000 miles. It now has over 203,000 miles and still running strong. The 302 V8 is a strong and efficient runner, with a strong and durable transmission. Pre-Ethanol highway economy 22 MPG. Post-Ethanol highway economy 18 MPG. Very practical car, tows 5500 lb loads with ease, plenty of ramp torque, and horsepower to run up hills with ease. Recurring issues: this car eats up upper/lower ball joints, water pumps, radiators. Subwoofer not a standard size. On the plus side: 190,000 miles on a fuel pump, 170,000 miles on the air conditioning system. Engine, tranny, fuel system, computer top notch reliable on this car.

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5 out of 5 stars

Im never giving up this car!

Julian Novoa, 01/15/2018
updated 03/16/2020
1996 Ford Explorer Limited 4dr SUV AWD
13 of 13 people found this review helpful

I own a 1996 ford explorer limited with the 5.0 302 v8. We owned it since 2001 with 37,000miles now it has 166,000 miles we take it on road trips all the time and never has left us walking. The limited trim is absolutely luxurious and the alloy limited wheels are just pure style. I recommend this car to anyone who wants a v8 and a luxurious inexpensive SUV.

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4.88 out of 5 stars

Great SUV

Michael J, 07/24/2010
1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV
10 of 10 people found this review helpful

I bought my Explorer XLT with 59k miles on it and 3 years old. It is now 14 years old with 280k miles on it. The only major repair I have had was replacing the AC 2 years ago. I think it was about 1000 to replace it. I am searching for something else now because I am worried it might be on its last leg. Who knows, it may last another 100k miles Definitely recommend an Explorer!

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4.25 out of 5 stars

Can't complain one bit

roller_k, 05/21/2011
1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4dr SUV AWD
13 of 15 people found this review helpful

I bought my 96 in 98 with 14000 miles on it. 12 years and 160,000 miles later and it never had a breakdown. The transmission never gave me problems. Only problem after many years was the link to the auto transmission and the back door lock had problems that I never took it in for. I did most of the scheduled maintenance myself and I'm no real mechanic. Great vehicle from Ford.

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