2000 Ford Explorer consumer reviews

$19,970–$23,070 MSRP range
side view of 2000 Explorer Ford
91% of drivers recommend this car
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
Explore the 2000 Ford Explorer

Good used buy

Mine is a 2000 Sport, so two doors which is a minus for many folk. However, with the rear seats down, you could sleep in it! I bought it in January 2014 with only 63k miles showing. I have used it as a second vehicle and it now has 76k on the odometer, (August 2016) Anyway, this car is like putting on a comfy pair of slippers. It is predictable, dependable and reliable. Ford's body on frame design is solid and functional if not as comfortably numb as modern designs. To date, I have had zero breakdowns, replaced the power steering pump (minor leak) and installed new suspension dampers, tires and front brake pads. It has a slight timing chain rattle on start up, hot or cold and the rear wiper does not work....these are known problem areas on these vehicles! If you are looking for a no frills get you around car, this may be for you. Also, most local garages know how to fix them and most auto parts stores can supply what you need after the ten year cut off that dealers are legally required to supply parts for....even on a Sunday! To sum up, this car is a new version of the Model T! I love it.


it was the most reliable car i every had.

i had to drive the car before i got just to see if it was any good. it had all my features that i wanted. i was very focused on the car i wanted.


Worht your money

In November 2012, I sold a 2000 Ford Explorer XLS that I purchased new in May 2000. I put 182k miles on the vehicle and had no major mechanical problems. The biggest issue I had was having to have the fuel injectors cleaned when the vehicle was 6 years old. Other than that, it ran well and I just had to repair normal wear and tear parts. To say I got my money's worth out of the vehicle would be an understatement.


Very reliable with low maintenance costs

I bought my Explorer XLT with 44K miles. It now has 182K miles. I follow the Owner's Manual for scheduled maintenance. Amazingly very few repairs. 17.4 mpg tank to tank but it gets 20 mpg on long trips. Original tranny and V-8 engine operate as new. Hoping to drive my Explorer to 225K and then buy another one. This vehicle stays on the road in bad snow storms!! I buy Goodyear Wrangler tires.



Execelent handling outstanding interior comfort reliable and powerfull motor execelent in snow number 1selling SUV for years


Safe and reliable

I just was in a roll over accident and walked away with a few cuts. bought at 66k miles and had 175k when I flipped it over 3 times. Only replaced the radiator and steering rack. I'm lucky and this truck served me well. There was some rattles but for me I made a good purchase


Dependable and usable

Owned my Sport since 2007. Just love it. Pulled a 5x8 trailer from Vegas to Iowa and couldn't even tell it was back there! Got between 17 and 20 mpg too. The hatch makes great for hauling anything from lawn mower to groceries.


Pretty Solid

It's been 2 years since I bought this truck. From the day I bought it up until now, it's treated me well for the most part. However, there are a few things I'd like to point out to anyone interested in buying one of these trucks... - Last year at this time, I had the entire front end replaced with new parts (ball joints, upper control arms, stabilizer bars). Ford charges a major artery for parts, so I managed to get the parts for an affordable price. I ended up spending about $350 with the price of renting a ball joint press to get those joints out. I read up on this issue and other people had this problem. Even my mechanic told me that he's done this kind of work/found this on other Explorers and Expeditions of this year. - I was parking my truck one day, and put it in park (with no force) and all of a sudden it started going backwards. Thankfully, I got right back in and put the e-brake on. To make it short, turns out it was the shifting column that needed to be readjusted/aligned. Fortunately for me, I knew a guy who only charged me $40 to fix this, but I would assume this fix would of cost a lot more than I paid for it. Once again, talked to my mechanic and said that's another known problem of Ford trucks of this year. There are several other small annoying problems that I can deal with. All in all, it's not a bad truck if you're looking for something to get you from point A to point B, a truck that handles like a champ in snow/bad weather conditions. The gas mileage could be better, but it's an SUV/Truck, so you don't buy it for saving gas. I have to say, though, Ford did its homework when it came to the 4WD. However, I think the transfer case could be made better. The transition from "Auto", to "4 Low" or "4 High" won't go immediately unless if you put the car in the "neutral" position. If I was in a tight spot for money, I would probably buy this truck again/recommend to a friend.


Best SUV I've Owned

The Ford Explorer XLT is the best SUV I've ever owned. It is a solid vehicle that handles well when in 4WD. I like that you don't have to put the vehicle in 4WD because it reads the road and does it automatically. The cargo area is large so I don't have to worry that I won't have the room to transport all my purchases. I loved this vehicle so much that I bought another newer Ford Explorer XLT.


Engine won't Die

Bought it used with 70,000 on it, at 102,000 it developed Timing chain Rattle, Ford knew about this happening in their 4.0 engines, called ford and found out I was 2,000 miles over their warrenty, Was going to fix it myself, Bought the service manuel, first 2 words in the chapter about timming chain replacement was "Remove Engine". No Thanks, The truck NOW has 160,000 miles on it, Heh Heh, This truck is thumbing its nose at Ford, I LOVE this truck, It just goes and Goes! Never any Big problems