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It's identical to the slightly newer fobs, but it's from my 96 mustang. Either it's bad or it really isn't compatible.

I don't know what I did differently, but my car does in fact have RKE, locks cycled. Thanks for getting me to try again Matt and Pextor. Going to order a new fob tonight.
Any 96 Ford should use the older style fobs. My 97 Escort and my parent's 97 Taurus also used the older style. The 98 ZX2 however has the newer style.
 

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So again, I had the same issue that made me think I did not have RKE in the first place. Tried to the point where my wrist and fingers were getting sore trying to turn the key over and over to get the car to be in programming mode.

Finally I stopped and started thinking what was different from when I tried before to now, literally the only difference (other than being on an incline) was that I had a power inverter plugged into the 12v cigarette outlet. Sure enough as soon as I unplugged the inverter, the car was in programming mode on the first try.

The instructions mention making sure you don't touch the brakes while doing this, I wonder if it's because if you drop the voltage below a certain threshold the car will not attempt to go into programming mode?

Either way, I now have RKE, but driver door only. Now I just need to look in the passenger side and see if I have the wiring to add an actuator to that side as well.
 

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My 97 wagon was like this. Only the drivers door and rear hatch had actuators. Why Ford decided to offer keyless entry without power door locks is beyond me. I ended up adding actuators and wiring to the other 3 doors (wiring was not there) and taped into the door lock relay to add lock/unlock switches inside the car.
 
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