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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
132,342 miles
Total Complaints:
9 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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1996 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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1996 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #9

Feb 162013

Explorer LXT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,569 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Never buy an explorer. It's gotta be the worst transmission ever made. Even to put a used tranny in is a risk, because chances are it will be junk in due time. Buyer beware of the infamous explorer transmission!!!

- , St. Paul, MN, USA

problem #8

Aug 042009

Explorer LX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,800 miles

Have had good transmission service up until last fall. Then while climbing a hill, the automatic jumps out of gear. Days later, it jumps out of gear on level ground in 2 wheel drive. I've call various dealers and transmission shops with no consensus on what is the problem. I now discover that there are many, many others with similiar problems.

can anyone refer us to a specialist who services Ford trannys only. I don't want to waste money on trail and error fixes.

JWright

- , Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #7

Feb 182010

Explorer

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,326 miles

It was sad to see my SUV truck struggling to get off the road while a big line of traffic was behind it.

The problem was so bad that I had to get out the truck to try to push it out of the road, but no luck. Finally I decided to shut the engine off and then turned it on again, some how it started working again, but it was never the same. I experienced the same problem that night for about 3 more times before I made it back home where the truck lays down now.

Although the problem remains the same, I am thinking on fix it some day... maybe!

I would appreciate any advice/help/tips etc.

- , Hartford, CT, USA

problem #6

Feb 102010

Explorer Eddie Bauer 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

1996 ford explorer e/b edition. goes in gear but when not pulling goes out of gear. give it a little gas and it goes fine. when it slips out of gear it makes a whinnig noise very loud. that is when u push the gas a little and it pops in gear and goes fine.so what is the problem. i used to like fords but now starting to have my doubts. all the ford models have trans problem so why is there not a recall. they are putting Toyota thru the mill so why not FORD also

YOU CAN'T TRUST FORD ANYMORE. ALL CAR COMPANIES ARE JUST FOR THE MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY CUSTOMER NOTHING

- , Vanleer, TN, USA

problem #5

Nov 162009

Explorer XLT 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 188,384 miles

i was told that the explorer has problems with the transmission is there a recall on them.If so i want mine fixed asap.

- , Galesburg, IL, USA

problem #4

Nov 152008

Explorer Sport 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

The problem - I was coming off from a hill and the transmission slipped out. I coasted and then put back into 1st, 2nd, and drive gears. This happened several more times after coming down a hill. By the time I made it back home, the transmission slipped on the off ramp. I took the car out the next day and it was slipping on all three gears. I put it into 4 WD to get it to the repair shop. I was told that Ford has had this problem for years. I won't EVER buy an American made car again. Let the American auto companies go bankrupt! All they produce is crap. Screw the union auto workers. I have a Nissan truck for 10 years and have had no problems what-so-ever. Ford, Dodge, Chevy, Chrysler can all stick it. The only hope for them is to have the Japanese buy them out.

- , Sayre, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 212008

Explorer 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 1996 Ford Explorer, i put a new transmission in it 22 days ago, and a new speed sensor in 5 days ago and it still slips out of gear, won;t go over 65 whats the deal ford, your not paying enough money for workers to get it right? Whats wrong with it now? I'd like to know???Does anyone know what to do next???

- , Shelbyville, IN, USA

problem #2

Jun 122007

Explorer Eddie Bauser V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I have a 1996 Ford Explorer with a Switch Solenoid issue. Engine light is always on and so is the flashing O/D light. I'm unable to pass my emissions test unless I fork out $1800 to fix this or $200 to get an extension for registration purposes. With the rising price of fuel, and lack of good jobs, I'm just unable to afford any of this. However, since seeing the number of people with similar issues is very surprising, almost shocking. Ford really needs to step up and resolve this issue....Life really sucks without a complete running car

- , Boise, ID, USA

problem #1

Sep 192007

(reported on)

Explorer Sport V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 155,000 miles

When i put my car in reverse, about half the time it slips out of gear and makes a horrible loud embarrassing noise, so i have to put it back in neutral for a few secs and try again. One time i was on the highway and it slipped out of gear, this is a horrible problem. I have had almost everything go wrong with this car, i got it with a new transmission, i replaced alternator, spark plugs, battery, radiator, all brakes, and the car is still a piece of junk. But i love it for some reason...

- , Melrose, MA, USA

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