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

Cons

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sporty By lisser17

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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