2002 Ford Explorer Overview


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Eddie Bauer
Avg. Price: $6,977
Eddie Bauer 4WD
Avg. Price: $5,420
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Limited 4WD
Avg. Price: $5,987
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#1 OJ
Reputation 2,540
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Average User Score

4.25 stars

Based on 42 reviews

Explorers. by Evan
 — Performance: In the time I've been driving my Explorer, it's performance has been quite excellent (To my standards, atleast.) It's braking, acceleration and handling are rather superb, especiall... Read More
Love My Explorer. by Kelly
 — Goes through the snow like hot knife through butter even without the 4-wheel drive!! This is my second Explorer, and I bought it on the reputation of the first one, which, with 210,000 miles, is stil... Read More
Great Family Hauler That Can Pull And Isnt A Huge Suv Plus Was More Roomy Compared To Some by Joe
 — mine had the optional v8 4.6 awd. it was a great suv. roomy 3rd row seating wich i do miss. not the best on gas. but great for towing . handling was great cmpared to some of the other suvs i have a dr... Read More

2002 Ford Explorer Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 42 reviews

2002 Ford Explorer

The 2002 Ford Explorer saw a complete redesign for the flagship SUV.  The lines became sleeker even as the body grew in size, and interiors became more luxurious at all trim levels.  Engines were upgraded to match; buyers could choose between a 4.0 liter single overhead cam V-6 with a 210-horsepower output, or a 4.6 liter V-8 that delivered a big 239 horsepower.

Trim choices for the 2002 Explorer were XLS, XLT, Eddie Bauer, and Limited, all four-door models.  Rear-wheel, four-wheel, and all-wheel drive were available.

A new option on the '02 Explorer was a third-row seat, which took advantage of the sport-utility vehicle's big interior to create passenger space for 7.  Safety continued to be a big selling point for the '02 Ford Explorer, with features like side-curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes standard at all trim levels.

Fuel efficiency continued to be unexciting, with the Explorer rated from 14 to 17 mpg city, 19-22 highway, depending on model.  This didn't stop buyers from flocking to this roomy, rugged vehicle, though; off-road enthusiasts especially appreciated its 4x4 and real-all-wheel drive capabilities, even though most of the Explorers sold never made their way off the beaten path.


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Ford Explorer Questions


How Do I Get My 02 Explorer Out Of 4x4 So That It Won't Squalk The Tires Wh...

I got an 02 explorer and I can’t seem to get it out of 4x4. I don't really care, but the person who bought it from me thinks it is tragic when he parks in a parking lot and all his tires are squalkin...

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Hello, I Am Looking For Someone To Answer This Question Please Please Pleas...

It started and we tried blue devil but car had rough idle and then wouldn't start back up or crank over new battery new thermostat ? Any ideas how to start car

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My 2002 Ford Explorer, The Check Engine Light Just Came On I Wondering If I...

We recently bought the SUV and had to replace the control module behind the glove box, due to the explorer being stuck in 4x4 low. Then it ran fine and then the 4x4 high light kept comming on and a...

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Bob Wagner

2002 Ford Explorer Xlt - No Oil Pressure

Car was running fine. Was parked in driveway during this recent cold wave. Two days of 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Went to start car which it did but check gauge light came on and oil pressure gauge read ...

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Jamal Campbell

My Dashboard Lights Will Not Work....what Fuses Do I Check...please Help!!!...

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