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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
130,300 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. rebuild tranny (4 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
  3. rebuild transmission (1 reports)
1996 Ford Explorer transmission problems

transmission problem

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1996 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 212015

Explorer SW V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles


Car started hesitating when trying to accelerate, after a few second it would move, at first it was once a day, then it became more often, and more sluggish, week later it would hesitate than backing up. now I can hardly get out of the parking space, I tried to drive it around the corner and could not make it. Two mechanics suggested that it was the transmission. The car is driven less than five thousand miles a year. I am very upset because I don't think the transmission should of going bad with less than 90.000 mile on the explorer. I can not afford to get a rebuilt transmission or a used one. I am a senior and on a fixed income. I would not recommend anyone buying a Ford PRODUCT !!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Nancy T., Philadelphia, PA, US

problem #5

Jan 052015

Explorer ES 4ltr V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 167,770 miles

These Explorers are called Exploders in Australia, it's hard to find one that has not had the auto trans go after 100000 kms.

- hughson, Perth, WA, Australia

problem #4

Feb 012012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

Liked my explorer at 1st,but now that i have put 2 transmission in cause i cant buy another car i"m stuck putting a tranny in ever year,but the one of the transmission shops fix some wires that go to the computer and it ran great for a year and now its back to putting another tranny many transmission do i have to go through till ford makes ir right.the shops want $2,000 to rebuild so i have to go to a junkyard for $800.and put it myself,i got to put my 3rd transmission in this weekend and its no fun.

its the computer that is bad and it makes the transmission slip but no one believes me.

- Rick W., Kansas City, MO, US

problem #3

Feb 072012

Explorer Sport 4.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles


You have got to be kidding me. Had to put in transmission number 3 at 130,000 miles. I replaced the original with a factory new from the dealership for big bucks at 60,000 miles. I am discovering that the explorers transmission has got to be one of the least reliable automatics of all time. Do NOT expect your transmission to last more than 60K-70K miles. This time around a had a cheap rebuilt one installed for $1,200 so at least next time it won't kill the finances when it blows.

- charger62790, Santee, CA, US

problem #2

Sep 012011

Explorer LS 4.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

I am preparing to install what will be the 6th transmission in this vehicle. It blows out every 18,000 - 20,000 miles, starting at about 92,000 miles. Ford will not share information on the engineering shortfalls, or more importantly, how to fix them (this is a well-known problem - I'm hardly the first). No recalls, no information, no technical input, and most of all, no solutions.

This time I will have the repair shop install the rebuilt transmission with velcro, for ease of future removal.

- Steve M., Battle Creek, MI, US

problem #1

May 112005

Explorer Sport White

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

Will be my last Ford jeep! can't take the Ford lemons any more!

- Philip P., Waldorf, MD/ Waldorf, US

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