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Ford Explorer


Make: Ford

Model: Explorer

Released: Jan 1970

Discontinued: Jun 1999

Ford logo1 Oct 1996


Spectacularly successful in the US, the truck-based, full-time 4WD Explorer arrived here in three four-door wagon variants in late ’96 – base XL, popular XLT and luxury Limited auto.

It replaced the Mazda B-series-based Raider.

A seven-seater option was added in mid-'97. Two 4.0-litre V6 engines were available according to which transmission was ordered – an ancient 119kW/305Nm overhead valve unit was mated to a five-speed manual, or a more modern, German-made 153kW/339Nm single overhead-cam unit came when a five-speed auto was ordered.

All are equipped with dual airbags, anti-lock brakes, power steering and air-conditioning. In '98 a limited edition Quest added more features.

In October '97 a new tailgate design, improved ergonomics and better ground clearance were implemented.

It is worth noting that the much-publicised rollover cases in the US involve certain Firestone tyres never officially fitted to Australian-bound models.

Nevertheless, these are top-heavy trucks that require utmost care, concentration and consideration when being driven. They are not cars.


7th of November 1996

Ford 1996 Explorer range

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