2000 Ford Explorer

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2000 Ford Explorer

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2000 Ford Explorer review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview
The most popular SUV is a carryover from 1999, when it was among the top five vehicles in sales. The Mercury Mountaineer is a clone of the Explorer but comes only in a four-door body style, while the Explorer also comes as a two-door sport model. Explorer buyers can choose from three engines and Mountaineer buyers from two.

This spring, the 2001 edition of the Explorer Sport two-door arrives with new styling, a redesigned interior and other changes, and Ford adds the 2001 Explorer Sport Trac, a four-door model with a 4-foot long open cargo bed like a pickup truck’s.

New versions of both the Explorer and Mountaineer are expected during the 2001 model year, and the new ones will not share the same styling.

All models have front bucket seats, but fancier captain’s chairs and leather buckets are available. The two-door model comes in a sport trim and seats four. The four-door models hold five, with a three-place rear bench providing the additional position. The rear seatbacks are split and fold for extra cargo room on all models.

The slow-selling two-door Explorer is shorter by about 10 inches, both in wheelbase and overall length, than the four-door. Both are available with either 2WD or 4WD, and both are regarded as compact SUVs.

Under the Hood
The two-door Sport and four-door XL and XLT models come with a 160-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6, an overhead-valve engine that has been in the Explorer lineup since the vehicle debuted as a 1991 model. A newer 210-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 and overhead camshafts are standard on the Eddie Bauer and Limited models and optional on the Sport and XLT. A 5.0-liter V-8 with overhead valves is optional on the Eddie Bauer and Limited.


Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.2
  • Interior design 3.9
  • Performance 4.2
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.0
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews


The worst car i ever had......i sold it cheap

i dont know im not lucky with his vehicle lots of problem water pump failed , next brake failure .alternator went out.....ball joint.....man i get heart attack on this car.


22 years old but still works and runs great

Bought Certified Pre-owned in 2004 with 36K miles. 18 years later, only has a total of 85K Miles. My wife's car. This is a 2000 Explorer XLT Sport 4 Dr with a 5.0L (302CI) V8. In a few words, this has been a great car! I am not an SUV person. If it weighs 4000 Lbs and gets 13 MPG, it should say Lincoln on the back and be like driving a living room, but this car is very capable in bad weather. My wife (aka Chihuahua) loves the thing because it gives her a sense of size and power. I can get about 13 MPG around town, 20 MPG on a steady highway trip. My wife cannot, mostly because she takes advantage of the 5.0L. This car is used for local, around town driving and is not garaged. Has a leather interior that has held up, but otherwise, the interior is rather spartan. It is rather tight for me but I am 6"0 and 360Lbs. I have the same issue with neighbor's 2005 Explorer. Amazingly, considering that this is a rust belt (PA, NY) car and is our 1st choice in our 3 car fleet (also have a 2003 Taurus and a 1991 Aerostar) for the rain and snow, this car has no body rust and only slight bubbling of the paint of the rear bumper. There is underbody rust but nothing structural. Only Body Integrity issue is the factory sunroof. there is no good sealing between the sliding panel and the roof; a "gutter" is the primary means of handling leakage. However, even if not clogged, the gutter is insufficient to handle seal leakage in heavy rain. The seal is not available separately from the glass. Other than a failed starter when the car was 19 years old, it has NEVER let us down. Only repairs were to the starter, radiator and upper / lower ball joints, all done by me. Everything else is original. If one looks for 2000 Explorers for sale, one will find that the average one listed for sale has 200,000 miles or more. That says something about the quality of this SUV! Give it a modicum of maintenance and it will just go and go and go.


Glad I bought it

I bought my 2000 Ford Explorer in January of 2016 for $1900 dollars, it had 150,000 miles on it. It now has 181,000 thousand miles on it. I get the oil changed every summer with Pennzoil High Milage synthetic every year. The ball joints, radiator, and the radiator fan blade has been replaced. I replaced the EGR feedback pressure sensor and the EGR valve myself. I clean my map sensor, change my air filter and replace my fuel filter. It does not burn oil, I check my oil every two weeks. This Explorer is easy to work on, the parts are easy to find. It has never left me stranded. Sometimes the motor hums, it is a beautiful sound. I don't drive it far unless I'm going to Atlanta. It would be nice if I could get 300,000 miles on her. It is a sturdy SUV. I don't push it but when I step on the gas it accelerates without hesitation. If you are looking for a solid SUV consider the 2000 Ford Explorer.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage EV
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Ford models up to 6 years old with less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12-month/12,000-mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty. 8-year/100,000-mile (whichever comes first) BaseCARE EV Warranty coverage.
7-year/100,00-Mile (whichever comes first)
Dealer certification required
Certified 127-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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