2002 Ford Explorer User Reviews

2002 Ford Explorer Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 44 reviews

  • 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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"ride" 12 reviews
"power" 11 reviews
"comfortable car" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"space" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 23 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"transmission" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"window" 2 reviews

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Kelly writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD Review
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Good gas mileage, LOVE the ride the independent rear suspension provides, dependable, LOVE driving it in the snow before the streets are plowed.

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The cloth interior, the fading back window posts. I mean, if Dodge can make those panels fade-free, why can't Ford??

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Love My Explorer. — 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 still going strong! (I still own the first one, a '92, and will keep it until it begs for mercy.) A few cons - the soft plug is very expensive to replace on the 4.0 liter engine. It looks like an 89-cent part, but due to its location, cost $270 in labor charges to get to it. I'm not happy with the cloth interior as everything sticks to it like velcro. And the posts between the rear side windows and back window are getting dull, a problem that has been happening since 1992 apparently. I will most likely always drive an Explorer. They're roomy, comfortable, dependable and easy for everyone to get in and out of.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Darin83 writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLS 4WD Review
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The Beast — Gas millage isn't really that bad and the tank holds a great deal, so I don't complain! Great for vacations and long distance driving!

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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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Angela writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD Review
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i can haul anything without effort

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the gas mileage

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I Love My Explorer — i absolutely love my explorer!! it's perfect for everything!! it is reliable and has low maintenence. it's not the best on gas but it's not bad for a v8!! the interior is easy to clean leather so it's perfect for kids, camping and road trips!!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Matthew writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD Review
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Good V-8 Power

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Battery needs replacing often

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Explorer — The performance of the car is very good. Has good power and the handling is good,m even off-road. My car has a black paint job with gray leather interior and looks really nice. Maintenance is not too bad, but the battery dies easily especially if you leave a light on for an hour or so.

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mrtedk writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD Review
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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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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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abeirlein writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD Review
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Tons of room!

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Lack of power

abeirlein
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Shamu Is So Dependable — This vehicle is extremely dependable in all types of weather. A foot of snow is not a match for this vehicle. Over the years, maintenance has been a snap. It's been 12 years and it still cleans up so well. It has served us extremely well over the years whether it's going to work or moving furniture.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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battlesj writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD Review
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great car a lot of power 3rd row seating 8 cylinder engine sunroof leather seats front and rear heat and ac

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decent on gas considering it being an 8 cylinder suv. but gas can become costly with a lot of use.

battlesj
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Great Vehicle — I like the power and leather seating. as well as the 3rd row seating which can be turned into extra cargo room. sunroof is great automatic lights and security system with security light on the side view mirrors is nice touch. like the style. great for the winter snow and icy roads. nice handling and command of the road headlights and fog lights are great a lot of coverage. Just have money for gas cost.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2012 Ford Explorer Reviews

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Like the appearance and performance. Smooth riding SUV with all the luxuries. The air conditioning is very cold, the heat is very warm. All power features have always worked with no problems whatso... Read More

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2011 Ford Explorer Reviews

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The room for my whole family in a reliable car. You will always get compliments on the ride and the look of the car. The convenience of the remote start is wonderful on hot and cold days! We love thi... Read More

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