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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Displaying 21 - 30 of 48 2002 Ford Explorer reviews.

alfonsito writes:
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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aatomicdawg36 writes:
2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD Review
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4

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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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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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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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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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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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Matthew writes:
2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD Review
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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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Christine writes:
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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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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1991 Ford Explorer Reviews

A Very Useable 4wheel Drive By Aaronhawaii1980

I actually have a had a couple of these Explorers like this and they are tanks I turned one into a monster 4x4 and thats all I did with it. This one however is the Eddie Bauer which has everything in... Read More

Quick By hunterw26

good suv for mudding and hunting with friends, good off road truck, i like the 4.0 it has good power iv raced my friend and he has a f150 with a 5.0 and beat him its a good truck with good power for a... Read More

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1992 Ford Explorer Reviews

I Love My Truck!!! By Laurbee

When I moved from Florida to Pennsylvania I was told I SHOULD get rid of my Honda and get a 4WD vehicle. I traded my 97 Honda for my 92 Explorer. Ball joints were bad but expected. Very little rust ev... Read More

Good Vehicle To Own. By Brian

Vehicle has great acceleration, braking, handling, and ground clearance. Have had some minor repairs done (Water pump, Clutch, and Head Gaskets) but should be expected since vehicle has over 200,000 m... Read More

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1993 Ford Explorer Reviews

For Style It's An Suv And His Name Is The Beast By Loree

My Beast has been a good work SUV it is a 1993 and except for a few minor things that didn't cost me much to fix it is an awesome vehicle. Don't know how this years Explorer's have been rated but I ra... Read More

A Great Overall Truck I Love My Fords! By Conway83

Nice riding truck looked great, Tons of cargo space when you folded down the backseats just loved the overall look and sportyness of the 2 door backed up with the 5 speed manual tranny, The on... Read More

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1994 Ford Explorer Reviews

2d 4wd Suv By Alec_William

For a small vehicle it handles great off-road and going into the mountains. It is good at taking corners and going high speeds quickly. The brakes work exceptionally well. It's a fun little vehicle ... Read More

Junk By tfret

Comfortable and stylish, that's the only thing good I can say about it. The performance and fuel economy were both pathetic. I got angry at this car every time I drove it. My wife decided it was bad f... Read More

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1995 Ford Explorer Reviews

P.o.s Winter Beater By Tater343

At first I really liked driving it, but then the brakes went out, the tranny went out, the eletric window motors went out, the radio sounded fuzzy. Bought it for 600 and made it 3 months before the mo... Read More

Nice By Steve

its an ok truck needs more power for a 4.o tho its pretty sleeek in my eyes really like the rims forr bein stock but i really think it sits too low for a 4x4 truck deff needs to sit higher from fact... Read More

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