2002 Ford Explorer User Reviews

2002 Ford Explorer Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 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 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 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

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PROS
"ride" 14 reviews
"power" 14 reviews
"comfortable car" 7 reviews
"storage" 6 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 25 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"transmission" 3 reviews
"expensive car" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews

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RaeganG writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer Review
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4

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Never got stuck in the snow. Truck rolled right threw the ice and snow every time. Engine is powerful V8. Floats like a boat on highway, Smooth sailing.

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Gas consumption for a truck this size is reasonable but expensive. With this truck being a premium model (Eddie Bauer), will be costly for repairs

RaeganG
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Mr. Khold — I love the color, black and red with the tempered glass in the back. The third row seat was great for the summer time taking kids places with plenty of room. I had some jealous people at first when I got this car so I bought a locking gas cap. Not to my surprise, the person tried putting rocks in my car tank but could not get the gas cap off. LOL. Every time I leave Mikes Car Wash, the car sparkles for days and looks detailed. I kept it clean and changed the oil on time. A mechanic would love this car since it need many minor fixes.Great shape for its age and not a scratch on it

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Jerry writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLS 4WD Review
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ndles well very responsive great truck

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bad gas

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Es Well Like A Car — first time ever had one like it. handles very well i have dogs so the fold down seats are great.handles very well . The interior is okay easy tp see and use. I would really like to get a newer one.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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David writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD Review
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excellent on road trips

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none

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Fun Family Truckster — I like everything about this suv has lots of power ,comfort, storage ,looks, good 4x4 easy to get in and out tows well good daily driver excellent a/c and not to big yes I would buy another one thanks

Primary Use: Family transportation

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dmcdonald2k writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD Review
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power ride comfortable

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no trans dipstick

dmcdonald2k
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Love It — plenty of power room comfort rides good easy too park good visibility storage I am 6/2 and wife is 5/2 adjusts so we both feel comfortable good all-around suv and 4 x 4 works excellent in snow and ice.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Alex writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD Review
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third row for 8 passangers

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gas mileage only 13 miles per gallon city 17 highway

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It Is A Ford Dont Expect Much — Very nice truck ,very bad in gas mileage already three transmissions 8 wheel bearings ,three window regulators ,two alternators rides very nice,like new has a third row which is very convenient when people come and visit .Maintenance is not bad unless you need major work.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Spiveysroost writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD Review
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Relatively inexpensive, until you get about 150k miles.

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Transmissions design is terrible! Sealed, so you cant check it, etc. Rear hatch has a piece of plastic that is glued to the glass, thus it cant expand/contract, leading to it cracking near the emblem. Costs $300-400 to replace. Fire this designer...

Spiveysroost
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Decent Overall, But Poor Designs And Unresponsive Manufacturer Will Keep Me Away From Another. — See above... Trans is terrible, braking system is overloaded, and it eats rotors. Rear hatch plastic parts are terrible design, and Ford does not care. 4x4 is very harsh drive. Suspension is the roughest thing I have experienced since US Army hauled me in a deuce and half!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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mrtedk writes:
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4

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Dependable

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A little small for the gas mileage it gets

mrtedk
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Well Built — Chloe is a great part of the family! She is always there when we need her to be... usually right where we left her too! She was a great vehicle when we first started having children, but now that we have 4 kids... she's getting a bit cramped! Could use an upgrade to her cousin the Expedition!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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palmtreemechanic writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLT Review
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3

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Comfortable, easy to enter/exit (not too low to the ground) and Driving visibility is A+. Safety in a larger vehicle.Overall a reliable and low maintenance (cost) vehicle.

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not very fuel efficient.

palmtreemechanic
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Satisfied With Safety And Performance. — Lots of family and cargo room. I purchased the vehicle in 2008, it had over 120,000 miles on it from a one owner elderly lady who's husband took excellent care of it. It has appx. 187k now and has only had regular maintenance other than the security system issue, A/C - heater blower motor, and one other minor fix to stop mice from entering and exiting...in this model, all they have to do is find it (as they did mine) and they wont stop until it is fixed ( I tore mine apart looking for it).

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Cooper writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD Review
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Great family vehicle with plenty of room.

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Gas milage is not the best.

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Suv At It's Finest. — Ford has the ultimate SUV in the Ford Explorer. That is why year in and year out... It is one of the best selling cars in the world. I highly recommend it to everyone I know. Hoping Ford keeps up the good work.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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redman02 writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD Review
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Great ride, tight steering, independent suspension w/little body roll, hauls good, great in snow & mud, comfortable, V-8 good power, great high & low 4x4 system, shift 4x4 on the fly,  brakes are great even with a load behind you, no over - steer.

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One negative has been some have transmission issues that can be costly. Change your tranny fluid and filter every 36K ($90.)  If you have it rebuilt take the 3 - year 36K warranty you don't want to pass on it, trust me.

MPG is not nice: 13 city stop & go, 17-18 hwy. But if MPG is what you want you don't want a SUV full size. In my opinion the explorer is the best of the full size. But cost to run them is high keep that in mind.

redman02
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Great Vehicle Other Than Possible Tranny Problem. — Great ride, tight steering, independent suspension w/little body roll, hauls good, great in snow & mud, comfortable, V-8 good power, great high & low 4x4 system, shift 4x4 on the fly, brakes are great even with a load behind you, solid feel on the road, smooth shifting even under load, good sight from drivers seat, seat adjust great with memory, seats fold up for hauling bigger items, in and out of it is nice better than my car. "Great Vehicle".

Primary Use: Family transportation

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1991 Ford Explorer Reviews

A Very Useable 4wheel Drive By Aaronhawaii1980

I actually have a had a couple of these Explorers like this and they are tanks I turned one into a monster 4x4 and thats all I did with it. This one however is the Eddie Bauer which has everything in... Read More

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good suv for mudding and hunting with friends, good off road truck, i like the 4.0 it has good power iv raced my friend and he has a f150 with a 5.0 and beat him its a good truck with good power for a... Read More

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1992 Ford Explorer Reviews

I Love My Truck!!! By Laurbee

When I moved from Florida to Pennsylvania I was told I SHOULD get rid of my Honda and get a 4WD vehicle. I traded my 97 Honda for my 92 Explorer. Ball joints were bad but expected. Very little rust ev... Read More

Good Vehicle To Own. By Brian

Vehicle has great acceleration, braking, handling, and ground clearance. Have had some minor repairs done (Water pump, Clutch, and Head Gaskets) but should be expected since vehicle has over 200,000 m... Read More

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1993 Ford Explorer Reviews

For Style It's An Suv And His Name Is The Beast By Loree

My Beast has been a good work SUV it is a 1993 and except for a few minor things that didn't cost me much to fix it is an awesome vehicle. Don't know how this years Explorer's have been rated but I ra... Read More

A Great Overall Truck I Love My Fords! By Conway83

Nice riding truck looked great, Tons of cargo space when you folded down the backseats just loved the overall look and sportyness of the 2 door backed up with the 5 speed manual tranny, The on... Read More

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1994 Ford Explorer Reviews

2d 4wd Suv By Alec_William

For a small vehicle it handles great off-road and going into the mountains. It is good at taking corners and going high speeds quickly. The brakes work exceptionally well. It's a fun little vehicle ... Read More

Junk By tfret

Comfortable and stylish, that's the only thing good I can say about it. The performance and fuel economy were both pathetic. I got angry at this car every time I drove it. My wife decided it was bad f... Read More

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1995 Ford Explorer Reviews

P.o.s Winter Beater By Tater343

At first I really liked driving it, but then the brakes went out, the tranny went out, the eletric window motors went out, the radio sounded fuzzy. Bought it for 600 and made it 3 months before the mo... Read More

Nice By Steve

its an ok truck needs more power for a 4.o tho its pretty sleeek in my eyes really like the rims forr bein stock but i really think it sits too low for a 4x4 truck deff needs to sit higher from fact... Read More

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