2002 Ford Explorer consumer reviews

$24,585–$26,465 MSRP range
side view of 2002 Explorer Ford
73% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.1
  • Interior design 4.0
  • Performance 3.9
  • Value for the money 3.9
  • Exterior styling 4.0
  • Reliability 3.7
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Ford 2002 Explorer XLT & my life with it

Bought a 2002 Explorer 4.0 L this vehicle has gotten me to 84,000 miles but, 2 transmission’s don’t know how this is possible but the 2nd transmission problem was the lower casing just cracked, how does that happen. I’ve kept up with maintenance and the biggest problems I’ve had besides the transmission’s the valve cover gasket’s need to be replaced. The biggest problem besides the tranny’s was the finish. Within the 2nd year I noticed the paint peeling off the hood, I have basically have done highway driving but if you drive it locally the 02 sensors fail. Have replaced 2 wheel bearing’s and of course the len’s on headlights need to be replaced. Reading some of the reviews I guess I’ve been fairly lucky. My other problems have been the rear heat control’s are junk, had it repaired once while still under warranty. But they failed pretty much again when it was out of warranty. I’m sure in the future the timing chain will fail, who puts plastic guards on a steel timing chain. I’ve noticed rust spots are starting to show. When I 1st got the car I assumed there was a dipstick for the transmission but, not with Ford, why let people check the transmission fluid, how cheap can you get. I use to drive it from Long Island to South Carolina but I don’t know if I would trust it. One problem also that I keep having is door a jar light and buzzer keep going off, even tried powering lots of WD-40 into the door lock mechanism because I know it’s a bad switch but I’m not going to take the whole door apart to replace the switch. One of the main reasons I’m going to keep it is because it’s great in snow. So I’m going to keep it until the engine goes because I’m the original owner and I know what kind of driving I’ve done. But my wife’s 06 Honda Odyssey the transmission is shot but when we get a new vehicle for her it won’t be new it’s depressing how quickly cars & trucks depreciate, so when her tranny does go ( it’s got 195,000 miles on it) I will never buy a American made car again, and I’ll look for a vehicle that’s had people reviews and is 2 years old that’s factory pre-certified. With today’s car’s there’s to many sensors and to many problems with the computer.


I'm not happy with this place at all

This place needs to change the website. Put cash only no payments. We drove over 75 miles to get there just to be turned away. It was a total waste of time and gas


one of my favorite cars

Love the style of the Vehicle and the amount of space for storage. Feel safe in the size of the car. Great size for transporting my dogs to Shows.


Great Family SUV for sports, camping, etc.

Nice looking Family SUV for kids games, sports events, camping, beach trips, and transportation. Comfortably seats 7 passengers, with a third seat in back. Great condition, with only minor wear for 2002 car. Burgundy Eddie Bauer looks great with larger Mud/Snow tires, and heated seats. AM/FM Radio (CD needs replacing). Recommend as a family car.


Love the my vehicle best gas vehicle I’ve had

My radiator blew up on my explorer and there is a recall on it, but it hurt my vehicle heads now! Will it still cover that?


Good siv

Great SUV. Good on the snow.Good kids Third row. Still starting every time Fantastic doors. Good exhaust. Great heat. The back windows are tinted from the factory. Which is great during the day. At night you have to use the door mirrors to reverse.


Such a great deal

This vehicle is so good in the snow, never been stuck. I love the height, it makes it easy to get in and out and it has great visibility. It has the power to tow boats and trailers. The Grandkids will miss riding in the third seat (Party room).


Most reliable car Ive ever owned.

This car met all of my needs. It has plenty of legroom in the front and back. It’s also has plenty of cargo space. I have owned the car thirteen years and it has been a joy and comfort to ride this reliable car.


Most reliable car I’ve ever owned.

This car is the most reliable car I’ve ever owned. I love explorers. Hope to get another one. Turns on a dime. There’s not a tight parking space it can’t get into.


Owned from 2016-18

Bought at an auction, took care of it and did all necessary check ups. The transmission seems to be the issue with most explorer downfalls.