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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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Displaying 11 - 20 of 39 2002 Ford Explorer reviews.

redman02 writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD Review
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4

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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.

Cons

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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5

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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:
2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD Review
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4

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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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5

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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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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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Collin writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLS 4WD Review
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power, speed, room

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gas mileage

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Awesome Car — Pretty much amazing. Lots of power, very good acceleration for a 2 ton SUV able to tow a huge trailer without any problem. 114K miles and still going strong Hasnt required any major repairs in the last 25K miles. Overall a great car to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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aglendye writes:
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cargo space

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gas miledge

aglendye
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2 Explorers Down... Will There Be More In My Future? — Great car. This is my second explorer. My first was a 1995 EB Explorer. I decided to get this 2002 because I was in need of cargo space and reliability. This car has been a joy to drive over the last 8 years.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Helgi writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Limited Review
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The DvD player

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the dvd player has the american system

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Best Car Ever ! — Ford Exlorer Limited Edition V8 With DvD system We have it on 31'' Toyo Tires its silver gray it is transported from america good torque i like very much, i recomend this suv for everyone :) good to drive. smooth aswell

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2010 Ford Explorer Reviews

Lots Of Toys On The Limited Awd By goldy

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