2002 Ford Explorer User Reviews

2002 Ford Explorer Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 42 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" 22 reviews
"ride" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"window" 2 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews

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seeborn writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD Review
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3

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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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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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vanessa2155 writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD Review
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My truck has been so reliable. It looks great and has plenty of room.

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I cant think of anything.

vanessa2155
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I Love My Truck But It Wont Last Forever. — I now have 193,000 miles on my Explorer and have never had a major problem with it. Just normal maintenance for me. It still looks great and still drives great. I actually want to buy another one when this one dies. Same body style too so I'm looking for a 2010 blue flame explorer.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Alex writes:
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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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JustIn writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD Review
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Trucks a great preppy truck.

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Need more style  but nothing a little aftermarket cant fix

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2002 Ford Explorer Xlt — Truck runs great, tranny was replaced before i bought it truck has 152,000 miles on the engine but no signs of giving up, But the truck sounds funny sometimes like an engine electrically sound but it clears up after the truck warms up, until you get on the highway you hear it also.

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

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Tim writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD Review
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awd

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gas

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Great — quiet nice smooth quick fun good brakes bad gas mileage fun in the snow plenty of power and rooms nice options priced right not much maintenance great for hauling and in the snow nice cruiser nice radio reliable shifts smooth independent suspension

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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longnail412 writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD Review
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great 4 wheel drive in winter

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sucks that car is used and obviously never taken care of. now i have all the break downs.

longnail412
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Comfortable Riding Car As Long As It Maintain — I brought the car with a blown speaker. Had a new speaker and system put in, now my inside light goes off and on (had to disconnect roof lights). door ajared on even though doors are closed. Door locks goes off and on automatically. No heat in the winter (heater core don't leak and no fogging). advise received to replace the heater coil (cost 750.00 to 1,000.00 or trying flushing cost 80.00 to 120.00) with no guarentees on flushing.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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longnail412 writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD Review
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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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Joe writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD Review
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great towing. just a nice suv. roomy .

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for some reason the piece of plastic behind the back window on the outside of the suv was coming off?

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Great Family Hauler That Can Pull And Isnt A Huge Suv Plus Was More Roomy Compared To Some — 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 drivin. it was one of the best suvs i ever drivin in the snow. the styling was good for the year it came out in. never had anything really ever go wrong with it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2014 Ford Explorer Reviews

Best Vehicle I Have Ever Owned By TMACWEBDESIGN

The Ford Explorer is the best vehicle I have ever owned . I like to buy american also looked at the Lincoln MKX which was noisy in comparison . I believe Lincoln has become an over priced Ford . Go wi... Read More

Great Suv Probably Best In Its Class/size By Divinejudge1

This SUV was very nice! It felt as nice as some Range Rovers my friends own that are only 5 years old. On that alone I believe this SUV is a great value and worth considering as a buy. I'm not a fan o... Read More

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2013 Ford Explorer Reviews

Best Vehicle I Have Ever Owned By TimmySEO

I like everything about the Ford Explorer . My favorite is the technology , so far advanced compared to the competition . I read reviews on the MyFord touch that were negative . Maybe if you are lik... Read More

Nice Looker By kidscoach

A great improvement in interior design and grade of materials. A few more amenities I would suggest, heated second row seats, more cup holders, ambient lighting around the headliner, second row adjust... Read More

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2012 Ford Explorer Reviews

Feels Good, Looks Good. By mikepetrey

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

Solid Family Car, Vary Happy With It For The Most Part. By Jay

I wish I had opted for the Limited, memory seats and the intelligent cruise control would have been great features but were not options in the XLT. The interior is pretty roomy for a midsized SUV, but... Read More

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2011 Ford Explorer Reviews

Good Vehicle. By Ken

Could use a little more power. The 3.5L V6 is just not quite enough. However, I'm sure my mileage is much better than if it had a V8, so I'm not really complaining all that much. Otherwise, a very nic... Read More

Super Fun, Sporty Suv With The Looks To Boot! By gacowgirl79

So far this is my most favorite SUV I have ever owned. I have owned an explorer before but it was nothing compared to this one! With this one, I am just looking for a reason to get behind the wheel ... Read More

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2010 Ford Explorer Reviews

Lots Of Toys On The Limited Awd By goldy

Accelerator responsiveness with the 6 speed transmission and the v8 is lousy. The 6 speed wants to be in 2nd when starting and shifts very quickly to 6th even when going only 30mph.6 speed is only goo... Read More

Best Mid-sized Suv Out! By Billy

This is my 2nt Ford Explorer and definitely not my last! This vehicle is built Ford tough and is fun to drive. Comfortably seats 7 and the 3rd row seat is very roomy for a mid-sized SUV. I wish I wa... Read More

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