2002 Ford Explorer User Reviews

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Users ranked 2002 Ford Explorer against other cars which they drove/owned. Each ranking was based on 9 categories. Here is the summary of top rankings.

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    2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD Review
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    35

    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

    Pros: great 4 wheel drive in winter

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

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    2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD Review
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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

    Pros: Main reason I have this vehicle is ex-spouse wouldn't take it

    Cons: Reason to avoid this particular car, it guzzle the gas like water.

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    2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD Review
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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

    Pros: great towing. just a nice suv. roomy .

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

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    2002 Ford Explorer XLS 4WD Review
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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

    Pros: power, speed, room

    Cons: gas mileage

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    2002 Ford Explorer XLS Review
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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

    Pros: cargo space

    Cons: gas miledge

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    2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD Review
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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.)

    Pros: great 4x4, awesome styling, extremely comfy for long trips

    Cons: gas mileage

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    2002 Ford Explorer XLS 4WD Review
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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.)

    Pros: It looks good

    Cons: so far nothing

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    2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD Review
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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

    Pros: Good gas mileage, LOVE the ride the independent rear suspension provides, dependable, LOVE driving it in the snow before the streets are plowed.

    Cons: 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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    2002 Ford Explorer Sport Review
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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.)

    Pros: To haul stuff (Scuba gear, friends, landscape stuff)

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

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    2002 Ford Explorer Review
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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

    Pros: space

    Cons: repair work

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2014 Ford Explorer Reviews

    Number 1 Suv By jrl559

    The Ford Explorer is the best looking (inside and out) and driving SUV on the road today! All Around Great Performance and absolutely a pleasure to drive on any roadways. Very comfortable interior and... Read More

    Top Of The Line By scottbr

    After driving the new Ford Explorer sport for the first time about six months ago, it has to be the best SUV on the market. The performance of the 3.5L twin turbo 365 HP engine is second to none. The ... Read More

    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

    Loved this SUV. In fact, I'm getting another one (2014 or 2015)! Preferred to drive it over our second car, which is a sporty and fun-to-drive 300Z. Leather and 4WD a big plus but not "must haves". Li... Read More

    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

    2011 Ford Explorer Reviews

    Sporty By Melissa

    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

    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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