Question about 1996 Ford Explorer
I've had Fords for 20 years, and have done a lot of work on most of them, having bought them used mostly. I currently have a 94 Ford Thunderbird with 150,000 miles on it, and the transmission was replaced at about 70,000. Although I have not had an explorer (but I did have a bronco), my boss had this exact year. He also had to change out his tranny before 80,000 miles. Other problems ford trucks tend to have are oil leaks in bad places (flywheel, head gasket, etc...). I say bad, because these areas are very expensive to fix. my T-bird just lost it's heater core, and to replace it costs about $700.00
All that being said, if you get it for a reasonable price, and are ok with putting money into it because, say, it's a really clean one, then you might want to buy it. It's really up to your own discretion, because when a car gets to be over 10 years old with over 100,000 miles, anything can happen. Last thing: it is entfirely possible to drive this car for another 100,000 miles, provided the previous owner(s) maintained it very well and didn't take it off road at all. I got 200,000 miles out of my bronco's original motor. The previous owner didn't take it off road - but I did! ; ) Take care.
Posted on Jun 18, 2009
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