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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
113,484 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

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1996 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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1996 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 012009

Explorer XTL 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,967 miles


Im 17 years old n i just bought a 1996 Ford Explorer 4 $2,000 as ma first wuzz running great 4 2months until i started noticeing that every time i passed 35mph n started tapping on the brakes to slow down it made a really loud noise so i would press on the accelerator again n slowly let go while slowly pressing on the brakes it helped with the noise problem but i knew it wasnt rite. one day my car stopped running it would turn on but i wudnt reverse or go forward at turned out i blew the tranny n so my tio fixed it bt it only lasted lk 5 mnths then broke down again with the same problems :/....i dnt thnk i will ever buy another ford model at all

- , Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #1

Mar 232009

Explorer Sport V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 99,000 miles

I was driving along, changed gears, and a loud hum and ticking noise started. Doesn't do it all the time, mostly when I'm accelerating or slowing down. Haven't driven it since that day. Anyone know what it could be?

- , Tulsa, OK, USA

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