1996 Ford Explorer XLT 5.0 liter from North America
Very well built vehicle
Light bulbs starting to blow.
I bought this vehicle used last July with 82,000 miles on it. Ironically it replaced our 2007 Chevy Cobalt, which did not meet our needs. If you remember the cash for clunkers program.
So far my wife and I have put 12,000 miles on it. It is very comfortable and doesn't rattle despite being 14 years old. So far it has been very reliable. Uses no oil either. Its AWD system goes great in the snow.
Only issues seem to be bulbs getting weak. I have replaced three so far.
The only thing I don't like about it is the fuel consumption, but I knew that before I bought it. I've seen it as low as 11 mpg and as high as 19 mpg on the interstate at 65 mph with the cruise control on. It averages about 15 mpg. Yet that was what my 1994 2.5 liter 4 cylinder Jeep Wrangler got, and the Explorer has twice the power.
Although the vehicle has great power, its outdated Windsor V8 makes less power than most modern V6s.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th April, 2010