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2002 Ford Explorer User Reviews

2002 Ford Explorer Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 39 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5

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PROS
"power" 11 reviews
"ride" 11 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"comfortable car" 5 reviews
"handling" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 20 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"transmission" 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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Angela writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD Review
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5

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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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longnail412 writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD Review
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4

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Main reason I have this vehicle is ex-spouse wouldn't take it

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Reason to avoid this particular car, it guzzle the gas like water.

longnail412
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Would Be Okay If It Was A Had A Smaller Engine And The Previous Owner Took Better Care Of It — Don't like the fact it's a gas guzzler. Drives well, but too many mechanical problems after only having the vehicle two and half years (one small problem after another). Haven't had any extremely major problems. Overall like the truck since it's my first, but think I'll go with something other than a ford next time (now that i'm experience in driving suv). like the feeling of high riders.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Matthew writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD Review
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4

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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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battlesj writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD Review
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Pros

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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battlesj writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD Review
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a lot of power sport features leather seats 3rd seating sunroof digital temp rear heat ac automatic lights security system adjustable pedals

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typical with power is gas cost only down side for a 8 cylinder

battlesj
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Great Car — a lot of power and features very useful for towing and driving in the snow just be able to afford the gas if you do a lot of driving in it. love the style and easy to clean leather seats and 3rd row seating/ cargo room.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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mikea5 writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD Review
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I love my explorer, it is comfortable to drive on long trips, great sound system and i love the sound of the 4.6 v8. with 213k it is hard to believe it still looks good and is reliable i would drive it any where if i could afford the gas. Turns on a dime great in parking lots

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15 mpg and you have to take it to the dealer to be worked on

mikea5
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Good Looking Suv — Over all i love this body style of explorer it is a great car to drive and i believe it was built well. It is reliable, roomy, and it is a go with the flow type of car. I work for a delivery service and at Christmas time i used it to deliver packages, it was amazing how much i could fit in it.

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seeborn writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD Review
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looks

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the motor

seeborn
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Its A Nice Body Style — i really like how nice my suv looks, i also like how much my faimly like it when we use to take long trips out of town with it the space we all have as well we just looked good in it

Primary Use: Family transportation

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aatomicdawg36 writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD Review
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Very solid feel in bad weather, rides quite nice when weather is good too!

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Early production quality issues in the drive-train and axle areas.  Most problems showed up in the 50-60K mile range.

aatomicdawg36
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2002 Ford Explorer - Decent Suv That Has Stood The Test Of Time. — Very solid SUV that has stood the test of time. I mostly use this vehicle for family travel and for hauling trash and yard clippings to the dump and the recycling area. Good Cargo area, solid build, you can really get down and get brown with this vehicle, then wash it down, and head out on the town and you will arrive in style.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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