2001 Ford Explorer Sport User Reviews

2001 Ford Explorer Sport Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 25 reviews

  • Performance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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"power" 9 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"comfortable car" 5 reviews
"space" 3 reviews
"storage" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
"interior" 4 reviews
"heavy car" 3 reviews
"rough ride" 3 reviews

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Allister writes:
2001 Ford Explorer Sport 2 Dr STD 4WD SUV Review
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Good of road

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Auto locking front differential

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Fun Little 4x4 — Good solid Ford conctruction. Lots of room for fishing gear and the family. Good towing power. I can go offroading with it and not have to worry about it not being able to handel the challenge. I would prefer for it to be a true 4x4 insted of having the auto locking front differential. when the back tiers slip and the front ones engage it is easy to lose control.

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david4657 writes:
2001 Ford Explorer Sport 2 Dr STD SUV Review
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Does Anyone Know How To Improve The Suspension And Ride Quality In This Vehicle? — The vehicle has many positive attributes and gets pretty good gas mileage which is a big plus. But the overall ride quality is akin to riding on a rock going down the road. Everytime I encounter anything on the pavement surface, the vehicle pounds on the road like the suspension had been stolen and sold for scrap metal. Does anyone know how I might be able to make some adjustments to improve comfort and overall ride quality in my Sport?

Owner for 7 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:10,500

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magnumforc writes:
2001 Ford Explorer Sport 2 Dr STD 4WD SUV Review
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Small, easy to handle for the family, low cost option to 4 door, great value for a 4x4

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Somewhat choppy ride, less cargo space than the 4 door

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Nice Suv For The Money — Bought this 4 wheel drive Explorer Sport used for a winter trip to Colorado, and kept it for two years afterwards. It was formerly an executive vehicle with a rental company, meaning it was not a daily rental, so it looked and ran showroom new when I found it on a Ford dealer's lot. It had the dreaded Firestone tires, which were replaced with brand new Goodyear Wrangler's at the Ford dealer, since it was still under the new car warranty. This vehicle had the 4.0 litre overhead cam V6, which impressed me, much more so than the 4 litre OHV V6 in my 1993 Explorer. It had enough power to easily maintain speed on hills and long grades and the trip to Colorado was an easy one. The interior was the standard bucket seats which were manually adjustable and reasonably comfortable. The 4 speed automatic transmission was smooth and no problems shifting; the 4 wheel drive easily tackled snow in Colorado, both in high and low ranges, although we really didn't need the low range in any area. Interior space is good in front; access to the rear is by folding the front seats forward and climbing into the rear, somewhat of a task for older adults or women in skirts or dresses, especially considering this combined with the higher door sills. Once in, rear seat comfort is acceptable, unless you are a tall adult in which case you would lilkely be uncomfortable. We didn't have the nerf bar running boards which I didlike, since I found they get your clothes dirty getting in and out, and, if you go off-roading, tend to get hung up on the oddest things. I did install Ford OEM fog lights and tow hooks though and the fog lights were a blessing in the early morning fog. There is adequate cargo space with the rear seats folded down, but this is a 2 door, and lacks much of the cargo space of the 4 door. If you need the greater cargo space in cubic feet, the 4 door is the way to go. The ride in the Sport 2 door is choppier than the 4 door due to the shorter wheelbase. Not uncomfortable, but I would say choppy. The difference, however, between the Firestore and Wrangler tires was night and day. The Wranglers made the vehicle handle as close to a 4 door ride as anything I've driven, while the Firestones made it feel like a bronco at feeding time. Tires can make a world of difference on these vehicles, as can proper inflation, etc.

Owner for 2 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:8,000

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xinabella writes:
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5

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Great car, looking for a 2003 same all around.

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Gas mileage

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Big Old Take Me Anywhere Car — I have had three Explorers and I like the size and roominess. I have dogs and the crates fit perfectly without blocking my sight lines and also give me room for groceries. It has a comfortable seat for long drives and I am happy about the overall look of the vehicle. I went for the sport because I am no longer hauling kids and it's more efficient.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Kyle writes:
2001 Ford Explorer Sport 2 Dr STD SUV Review
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Attractive, Fun, and surprisingly roomy

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Could have so much more fun with some small changes.

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2001 Ford Explorer Sport 2-door 2wd — As far as performance goes I love that it is a small SUV with a nice V6 for good power. It is a ford so I think it is built well, I have had two other Fords before this one and have never had a problem with quality. It is a beautiful SUV, that is cheap to own, and fun to drive

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Neil writes:
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Convienence

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Top heavy

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Good, Solid, Strong And Dependable. Highly Recommended! — Well built, good milage for the engine size, a V-6, Sunroof, plenty of cargo room, folding rear seats for more room. Plenty of power for size. Good stereo system and temperature controls. No Trailer hitch installed. Everything else has been great!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Cantaloup0 writes:
2001 Ford Explorer Sport 2 Dr STD 4WD SUV Review
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Good looks, power, 4wd automatic engage, Remote keyless entry, very good sound system, CD player, white (and easy to see) gauges, all disk brakes

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Rear end leafs squat, interior squeaks, plastic breaks, rough ride

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Great Suv For General Use — I bought this car used with 160000 km on it. It needed new leafs on the back though. It is very reliable and a good 4x4. It had all the electrical features including a premium sound system, I basically don't need to upgrade it unless you like wake up your neighbors loud. Love it! Buy one! Way better than the normal explorer.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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tgulick writes:
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good looks, sporty, reliable, low maintenance

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bumpy ride, cramped quarters

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2001 Explorer Sport — I like the looks of this vehicle. The sport model from this year had a more aggressive look than the 4 door explorers of the time. The seats are comfortable, but only if you aren't driving down the road. Every little bump seems to be magnified 10 times, even after new shocks were put on. Visibility is good and the interior is quiet overall. Maintenance has been very little, just regular items like a ball joint and the shocks. Gas mileage is not great, but it is about the same as the Ranger I drove before this. Braking is good, but handling isn't the best. The vehicle seems a little top heavy when cornering, and acceleration is somewhat sluggish. Overall, I think the Explorer Sport is fun to drive, and I think the models in later years corrected some of the ride quality problems. For an individual or a single passenger, this truck is perfect, especially if you like the sporty look of a 2 door vehicle.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ryan writes:
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I love the power and handling.

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It really does suck on gas.

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Great Car I Would Recommend It To Anyone. — This car runs and performs great. I love the power it has too. When they put the sport behind the word Explorer, there we're kidding. I have drag raced random cars including a friend 1994 GMC Sierra 1500 with a 350 under the hood and duel pipes. He had me off the line but after about 8 seconds i passed him like a bat out of hell. I can drift my car also, and boy is it fun. The original model was of course a bit top heavy, but that is counteracted on my car when you add on the 20" rims with an 8" base on them. Also, the tires on the car would be street tires. They are not low profiles, i don't like low profiles. my tires are larger than most low profiles.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Adam writes:
2001 Ford Explorer Sport 2 Dr STD 4WD SUV Review
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can go over anything

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its ridiculously red

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Its Nice — its cool, nice engine, short wheelbase, big off road tires. it can do just about anything. it only gets about 16 to the gallon. the bumper is hanging down a few inches and the grill is cracked a little. bu everything else looks amazing. it can accelerate really well from 0-40ish but then it starts crawling. can corner very well, it has a low center of gravity for an suv.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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2003 Ford Explorer Sport Reviews

Great Suv And Is Well Rounded For All Driving Activities By Mitch

been a great suv. really reliable and drives great. 4.0L V6 gets good gas milage. Has had only one fit and finish problem with the console lid. I think it looks great inside and out! Friends dislike g... Read More

Acceleration By Daniel

it's the best ford suv, because brings a 4.0l engine, the top speed its limitated to 140km/h but the acceleration is so agresive, it's very confortable to drive and, in off road tracks it has a very... Read More

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Its A Ford, So Cheap Parts By Dustin

4.0 big block v6....and for a suv...it will move out. Cant wait to be done spending money on it...........got ALOT of room in the back for a two door suv, and plenty of room for subs..wish there was a... Read More

Small Sporty Suv, Great For Off Roading (4wd) Or "pimping" (2wd) By Alberto

This SUV is pretty good. I enjoy driving it. It is actually quite fast too. Believe it or not, i have beat a Mitsubishi Lancer once, that was cool. Another cool thing about this truck is its ability t... Read More

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