1996 Ford Explorer Reviews - Page 6 of 11

1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired156000 miles
Most recent distance158000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

Nice

Faults:

This truck runs like if I just got it from the dealer very nice.

General Comments:

There is a ticking sound coming from the pulleys, but can seem to see which one it is...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th June, 2005

4th Oct 2006, 21:19

The ticking is probaly a sticky lifter.

In all my explorers they did that, they also do it in broncos.

1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0L Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance119000 miles
Previous carDodge Neon

Summary:

A good car if you can afford the maintenance.

Faults:

It had a small oil leak when I purchased it, but the dealership took care of that.

The right side power mirror motor was broken when I purchased it, but the dealership fixed that.

The Slave cylinder for the manual transmission lost all pressure resulting in the replacement of the entire clutch and slave cylinder at 90,000 miles.

The power button doesn't always turn off the radio. It will go in as if to turn off the radio, but the radio will stay on 9/10 times.

Heater stopped working at about 100K miles.

The Check Engine light came on at 95K miles and my mechanic said that the computer is saying the catalytic converter has gone bad. That signal was wrong and it passed emissions. Now that in 2005 the law requires that all check engine lights be off I had my neighbor check the computer for the error code. It's the EGR valve. We changed out the valve ($56.00us) and it's fine now. Light is off.

General Comments:

All controls are positioned within arms reach.

The car handles fairly well and is very easy to drive.

It's a bit nerve racking on highway turns (55+mph) as the car tends to tilt easily due to it's high center of gravity.

Great for having kids as there is plenty of room in the back for trips and vacations.

Bit of a gas guzzler.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th April, 2005

1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0L V6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carFord Ranger

Summary:

I would buy this SUV again any day

Faults:

Replaced sway bar linkage (Ford recall) at approximately 70,000 miles.

Anti-lock braking sensor replaced at approximately 90,000 miles.

Center console armrest has a hole worn in it from 120,000 miles of having my arm in the same place.

Will need pickup truck to haul larger items.

General Comments:

This is the most reliable vehicle of the 8 vehicles I've owned.

My wife steals my SUV during our Wisconsin snowstorms for it's 4 wheel drive.

Easy access to the two car seats in the backseat.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2005

1996 Ford Explorer XLT Sport 4.0 V6 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 4.0 V6 Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance109000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

It has great handling, 4x4 system, and reliability

Faults:

Sway bar links need to be replaced.

General Comments:

This car has great reliability.

I've had this car from 45,000 miles and now I have 109,000, except for oil changes, tires and plugs, it runs like a champ.

I get about 22-27 miles per gallon for fuel mileage. It sucks now because I had old plugs in it. Should get better now. I get about 300-350 miles per tank of gas.

Very reliable in Wisconsin winters. I love the 4-wheel drive system and the control trac.

The front seats are comfortable, but the back seats in the sport model are not that roomy, but overall I can live with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th January, 2005

23rd Jan 2005, 10:00

I have a 96 Explorer XLT with the control trac 4wd. It is great it has 113,000 on ans she runs great. the only things that were replaced are plugs oil and tires. But I have to disagree on the gas mileage I get about 14 to 18. The 4wd is great for Michigan winters. The seats are real comfortable the back seats are a little bouncy. It is a superb truck.

22nd Oct 2005, 10:36

My '96 Ford Explorer Sport 2 door manual transmission now has 150,000 and is still going strong! Brakes were replaced at about 110,000 miles. The "check engine" light going on for now reason has been an on-going minor problem for years. I had it checked thoroughly and my mechanic could find no reason for it's going on and off sporadically. I get an oil change every 5,000 miles. My one real complaint about this vehicle is that it could be dangerous for a young, fast driver when taking curves on wet roads. I learned early on to drive it gently when the roads are wet.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 41 reviews