1996 Ford Explorer Reviews - Page 8 of 11

1996 Ford Explorer Limited 4.0 Liter from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 4.0 Liter Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance81000 miles

Summary:

An awesome car, if you can afford to keep it filled with gas!

Faults:

The day that we brought the car home, the air ride system went bad, of course this was covered under the warranty.

I don't really know when, but the memory seats don't work anymore. When I called the dealer to find out about a price, I was told I would have to pay the dealer something to the tune of $60 an hour just to diagnose the problem. I decided to let it alone.

The power lumbar driver seat no longer works anymore. It probably went around 70,000 miles. I decided that I really didn't need the power lumbar seats that much anyway.

The Explorer goes through a lot of O2 sensors. It seems as though whenever the check engine light comes on, an O2 sensor needs to be replaced.

General Comments:

I wish the car had the V8 engine because when the explorer is half-full, it is VERY sluggish.

I always have to drive with the pedal down to the floor to have any acceleration.

This may be the cause of the poor gas mileage. I get about 13.5 in the city, and depending upon how fast I am going on the highway, between 17 and 20.

The Limited version comes with awesome features like the on-board computer and the rear air.

The 4 wheel drive works like a dream in the bad weather. But without it engaged, you WILL skid, even when the road is just wet.

I got this car when I turned 16 two years ago when my mother got a BMW. My parents decided to give me this car because it had 4 wheel drive and was a large vehicle.

If buying this car for a student, please keep in mind that s/he will have to work constantly to keep it filled with gas. I go through one tank per week, and with a 20 gallon tank, it often costs around $30 to fill it up. Even though it is a gas hog, I love having the extra room for all the crap that students have to haul around. (Book bags etc).

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

Review Date: 1st January, 2004

27th Jun 2005, 20:41

You probaly had just bought a dud that's all.

2nd Oct 2006, 02:34

I have the '96 Limited, The O2 sensor is a recurring problem and I don't replace it, which does not hurt anything I just get the light turned off. Your MPG is very bad. in the city I get 17.6 and highway I get 23.4, the 4.0 v6 is a bit sluggish when getting empty true, but it was better after I replaced the catalytic converter.

1996 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer AWD 5.0 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 5.0 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired226000 kilometres
Most recent distance234000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Pickup

Summary:

Excellent truck, comfortable, quick and reliable

Faults:

Very little has gone wrong with the truck since I've owned it.

Some of the dash lights don't work anymore, namely a light in the cluster, the fog light switch and some of the cruise control switches.

All the switches still work they just don't light up anymore. Fortunately Ford has designed all the switches at least on the cruise control to be a different shape so you can tell what they are even in the dark. Smart design on their part.

Other than that the power mirrors just stopped working one day. I'm told it's just a 35 dollar switch that needs to be replaced. And the front ball joints will need to be replaced fairly soon which is going to be expensive as they're more costly on all wheel drive explorers.

General Comments:

I love this truck, it's fast, has loads of power for passing and is very reliable.

This is our second Explorer, we used to have a 91 Eddie Bauer. It was a very reliable truck as well. The only reason we got rid of it was because it had serious rusting problems and it really couldn't handle the weight of the trailer we wanted to pull with the 4.0 L 6 in it.

Excellent stock sound system with speakers matched perfectly to the head unit.

The only exception being the remote six-pack changer in the console is a cheap Clarion unit which I've already had to pull out and have fixed once.

Very solidly built truck, massive sway bars and strong front end. I t-boned a Honda coming off an ice covered parking lot off ramp at 15 mph last winter. The Honda was written off and the only damage to the truck was a scratch on the bumper.

Very comfortable on long trips, decent ride and quite good handling for a truck. Much better than my 91 Explorer.

Guzzles gas like nothing else I average around 14 mpg around town and only slightly better on the highway at about 17 mpg.

That's the same mileage as the new 5.9L dodges.

The V8 is worth it though especially compared to the original 4.0 L six.

You just have to drive both to be convinced.

The original 4.0 L six was a good motor we never had any problems with it, but the V8 is something else again, rocket like acceleration and boat loads of torque.

Plus the 8 sits lower and makes the truck handle better than six cylinder versions.

It's supposed to be more reliable too, especially compared to the later (95 - up) sixes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2003

1st Feb 2004, 05:56

I have the identical vehicle. The dash and related lights are forever going. I had to make a bulb for the cruise control as the dealer requires you to purchase the complete cruise control steering wheel package to obtain the light. The bulbs for the a/c control unit are $11 wholesale.

I recently drove a 2003 explorer for a few days and was not impressed. Couldn't wait to get my vehicle back. The v8 all wheel drive is a better performance vehicle. I have 226000km on mine.

The gas mileage is very poor. I get about 170 miles to a tank in winter driving around the city and alway seem to be the one getting the vehicle when the tank is empty.

The vehicle has always been reliable and starts during the coldest of weather, wind chill -36 (c)

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