1996 Ford Explorer XLS 4.0 V6 from Australia and New Zealand


Not worth it, even if someone gave you one


I had the car for 2 days & then the timing chain had to be done. This was warranty, but took 6 weeks! They did it wrong & the engine blew. This took another 4 weeks to repair at horrendous cost. Finally I got it back & 30 minutes after driving the back wheels kept locking up (another week to repair). Two days after getting it back the 4 wheel drive system failed, (another week gone). I could go on & on.

General Comments:

What a piece of crap! I had this car for only 8 months & in that time it was off the road for repairs for over 4 months. Things don't work properly such as the fuel gauge is all over the place & when I asked to repair it Ford goes "oh yeah, their all like that!".

Repairs are outrageous.

Eg: Timing chain $3000. I phoned up about equivelant parts to other 4 wheel drives & the Explorer were always 3 times more expensive.

Beware of fuel costs, this thing drinks.

It's a real shame because it is such a comfortable car to drive.

I have had 36 cars & this is the only car that I would bag. All cars have ups & downs, but by the time I sold it this car had cost me $7000 in 8 months.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 4th September, 2004

9th Apr 2010, 16:42

Sounds as if the problem was with the dealer, not the car itself.

1996 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0 from North America


A High Maintenance Rip Off


Check engine light numerous times. Fixed by replacing all O2 sensors.

Replaced Hub Bearing/ABS Sensor in front right.

Replaced Left and Right Upper Control Arms/Ball Joints.

Strange squeaking/vibrating noise coming from engine compartment. Dealer claimed it was a cotter pin. It turns out the flywheel had a crack in it and eventually destroyed the transmission causing over $2000 in damage.

Same transmission problem as described above, but caused by starter.

Replaced all shocks.

Replaced three lights in dashboard. Which is not a simple job if you were wondering.

General Comments:

I used to be a die hard Ford guy. I think I am slowly changing my mind after this vehicle. It is in the shop at least once a month for the past two years.

On a better note, this vehicle handles very well in the snow. The 4.0 engine works very well with this vehicle.

Very poor on gas mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th March, 2004

5th Jul 2004, 21:23

The O2 sensor problem seems to just go on and on with almost every review I have read here. I have the same problem with the check engine light, but it usually happens when there are weather changes. I took it in twice, got charged 80 bucks (like everyone else) and told there was nothing wrong. Now I just ignore the light and it turns off by itself after a week or so. I have had the whole front end replaced, all brakes, rad, alternator replaced twice, serpentine belt 3 times, belt tensioner, and the list goes on. I don't think that there is a repair that can be done for under 500.00 CDN on this vehicle. Gas economy is brutal. I go through about 75 litres for every 500 kilometers driven on the highway. City driving is worse. Very expensive to fix. Other than that, it's great.

1996 Ford Explorer 4.0 petrol from UK and Ireland


A bargain powerful workhorse


There was a fault with the engine management system, but the dealer I bought it from (Non Ford) has replaced all four O2 sensors, and the MAF sensor, free of charge and now the fault is cured.

General Comments:

I bought the car as a replacement for my Volvo to tow a caravan. It is seriously powerful when towing, and sometimes you have to remind yourself that there is a caravan on the back.

I have had the car converted to LPG, which is half the price of petrol in the UK, and have been very impressed with the resultant drop in running costs. I should get my money back on the conversion within 12 months.

I am not happy with the driving lights on the spoiler, as they do not have an independent switch.

When driving slowly around car parks and the like, there are a lot of transmission thuds, which alarms my wife, but I have told her that this always happens on this type of car!!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd March, 2004