2002 Ford Explorer User Reviews

2002 Ford Explorer Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 48 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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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 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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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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2002 Ford Explorer XLS Review
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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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2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD Review
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great 4x4, awesome styling, extremely comfy for long trips

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gas mileage

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Awesome Car, My Family Has Had 4 Explorers And We Loved Every Single One Of Them — Performance:handling- it handled like a car with AWD. tight cornering, little body roll. Build Quality: I put about 15k miles on the car when i had it and it never needed anything but a new tail light. Cost of Ownership: the only thing i had trouble paying for was the gas...i think it just needed a tune up

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

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2002 Ford Explorer XLS 4WD Review
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It looks good

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so far nothing

chuckyexplorer
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Looks — well I like everything about my ford explorer, it has a fast pick, it rides nice, take the bumps softly, I really like that, but I am worry about what could happen to it, after all the news aand complains I have read aobut it. I hope it last for a long while. Is a 2002 ford explorer with around 125 thousands mile.

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

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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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2002 Ford Explorer Sport Review
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To haul stuff (Scuba gear, friends, landscape stuff)

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If you want a nicer look, smoother ride, and more luxury...

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I Would Recommend This As Car As A Workhorse, Go Up A Few Price Points For Luxury. — Has been a good vehicle for this price range. No major repairs, just maintenance. Performance: needs a V8, good braking, good suspension, good gas mileage. It is utilitarian to drive. If you want a better ride and more luxury, go up a couple of price points and go for the lexus SUV.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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2002 Ford Explorer Review
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space

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repair work

alfonsito
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Looks Good, But Will Cost You — transmission blew out early. seems to be a recurring problem with these vehicles. dealers and auto shops laugh at you when you bring the car in because they know about the transmission problems. please do not buy this car ever.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD Review
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Everything.

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It IS an SUV. (For all you hippies.)

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Explorers. — Performance: In the time I've been driving my Explorer, it's performance has been quite excellent (To my standards, atleast.) It's braking, acceleration and handling are rather superb, especially for stock components. Build Quality: Only issue with 2002 Explorers as far as build quality is the rear panel, just underneath the rear window, has a reputation to crack just enough to notice, but repairing this part is futile, as it will only break again. Appearance: The Explorer's appearance has always been a welcoming sight among motorists. The only appearance issue I have with my Explorer is it's default rim's are a bit dull, both in design and color. But nothing some work time and cash can't fix. It's a matter of personal choice. Cost of Ownership: As far as I can tell, the Explorer's MPG is decent atleast, especially for me, who's primary use for the vehicle is picking up the lady, driving to class, going to the station and responding to emergencies. As far as fun factor, yes is all I have to say. It will be great once I can mount whacker lights and a radio onboard.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD Review
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V8 engine, 4wd, 7 seater

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none

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Great Family Car — Great SUV, has it's quirks but overall is built well. Only problem is you are not able to pull a u-haul trailer with it. Fun to drive in any condition, gas mileage is as expected for something of this size

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2013 Ford Explorer Reviews

Super All-around Suv! By Kpecot

Great family SUV. Lots of cargo room and passenger comforts. Love the leather, roof rack and 4WD upgrades as well as SYNC and Bluetooth features. Drives nice, solid handling. Liked it so much, getting... Read More

Super Suv! By Kpecot

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2012 Ford Explorer Reviews

The Ultimate Snowboarding Assault Vehicle By cargurusLV

What's the point of getting an SUV with 5-seats? That's just an oversized car that eats up more gas. That's why I got the Explorer. It has 7-seats and luxuriously appointed with a great tech convenien... Read More

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

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2011 Ford Explorer Reviews

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

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

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2010 Ford Explorer Reviews

Great Dependable Suv With All The Creature Comforts You Need. By SS131

What I love about this car is that it has the power third row seating which makes it very easy to accommodate more passengers with the touch of a button.Beautiful interior color combo and the Ford syn... Read More

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

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