1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L from North America
A very good vehicle that does not deserve the name Exploder
I had to replace the universal joint.
I really like my Explorer; it's been great to my family. It was purchased at a car auction 4 years ago by my parents. It was driven daily on the logging roads for the last 4 years, and has never had any major problems, other than the universal mentioned above, but that is just maintenance.
The only other problem I know of it having, is someone accidentally kick the fuel pump shutoff on the driver's side under the dash, causing the vehicle not to start. This happened before I owned it.
Honestly, I had very bad luck with Ford before I got this vehicle, and swore I would never own another one. I own a 99 Ford Windstar, and it was a piece of junk. The offer for the Explorer came up, and I've always wanted an SUV, so I couldn't say no. I'm glad I took it; I absolutely love it. My next vehicle will be a newer Explorer.
All of the work it currently needs is due completely to its previous life, not the vehicle itself.
Upper ball-joint on the passenger side.
New rear springs (going to do a lift anyways).
A new windshield.
The way I see it, for something that's done 50,000km in logging road travel, that's not bad at all.
The biggest thing that bugs me is when people call it an Exploder; in my opinion it's not. It's been great to my family.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 8th September, 2011