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2002 Ford Explorer Consumer Reviews

3.6
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worth it!

by from long island, NY on July 27, 2009

I purchased an 2002 6 cyl. e.b. just two months ago with 85,000 miles on it..and I LOVE IT!! Ive worked on and driven all types of cars and SUVs, stick shift or not and personally i would have gotten ...
I purchased an 2002 6 cyl. e.b. just two months ago with 85,000 miles on it..and I LOVE IT!! Ive worked on and driven all types of cars and SUVs, stick shift or not and personally i would have gotten a stick import car (im 20...thats what we drive lol) but i went for the suv instead. And after reading many and many reviews about explorers, ive decided to own one myself. i can understand if people get upset if their explorer has problems, but they bought it USED!!!! People have to understand that used cars will have problems with them. Every single negative complaint on this site probably has the cars labeled used with decent to high mileage...what could you expect. NO CAR IS PERFECT! Anyways..the pros- great to drive...good to have third row seating available...performance of entire car is great the cons- the gas, its not terrible but always could be a little better
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Fantastic Overall Use Vehicle

by from Valparaiso, IN on June 5, 2012

Have owned an '02 Explorer SLT since brand new. It has the 3rd row seating, towing package and auxiliary rear AC/Heat. In addition, I installed an aftermarket 3.5mm input for my MP3 player which plays...
Have owned an '02 Explorer SLT since brand new. It has the 3rd row seating, towing package and auxiliary rear AC/Heat. In addition, I installed an aftermarket 3.5mm input for my MP3 player which plays right through the CD player. Upside While it won't win any exterior style points it's an awesomely roomy vehicle as it can haul up to 4'x8' sheets of plywood INSIDE. Seats up to 7. Has a ride far more like a car than a truck. The paint job is unbelievable. I think it was rated as one of the best years. 10 years later and all I do is wash it and people ask me if I've waxed it. AC and heat work very well. Has never stranded me or let me down. Hit a deer at 55 MPH one night. Still perfect driving condition. Damage only to the bumper, foglamps, headlights and windshield washer tank. Radiator was intact. Very roomy engine comoartment. Easy to maintain. Downside Won't win any beauty awards although I don't think it's an ugly vehicle. Just not "attractive". Several repairs from minor (rear blower and temp actuators) to mid-major (replaced the 4 wheel drive unit under dash). Gas Mileage is only fair (16 overall). 4 wheel and differential seals tend to leak (twice). While easy and inexpensive to fix they are still a pain since they leave spots all over garage floor. Certain small areas prone to rust due to design. Inside door wells mostly.
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love it

by from Housotn on July 27, 2010

I bought my 02 Explorer in 05 with 37k miles. It now has over 105k miles. I love this truck! Other thn your usual Oil, brake pads and your other usual wear and tear stuff, this truck has given me no p...
I bought my 02 Explorer in 05 with 37k miles. It now has over 105k miles. I love this truck! Other thn your usual Oil, brake pads and your other usual wear and tear stuff, this truck has given me no problem. I am now ready to upgrade to a 08 Explorer. I love the new look, so trust me! If you need a quality car with a nice look to it, i think any explorer will do for you. Welcome to the Ford Family!
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Best vehicle I've ever owned!!!

by from Middletown, Ohio on March 21, 2014

Bought a 2002 Explorer Limited 4WD with the 4.0L V6 used in 2010 with 110K miles and now I have 150K miles on it with no problems at all. All I've done is changed the oil every 3K miles, the tires at ...
Bought a 2002 Explorer Limited 4WD with the 4.0L V6 used in 2010 with 110K miles and now I have 150K miles on it with no problems at all. All I've done is changed the oil every 3K miles, the tires at 134K miles and that's it. No problems. The comfortable leather seats provide all-day comfort in the first and second rows. The third-row seats are actually usable and are very roomy and comfy, not always common with three-row SUVs and vans. Ford's 4.0L V6 pulls strong and sounds great. The 4WD system works very well in snowy Ohio winters, this past winter was like the storm of the century so it was definitely needed! I love the stereo, I can play my favorite albums with exceptional sound quality! It is loaded with everything you could want in an SUV, like leather (as mentioned above), heated seats which are great in the winter, 6-disc in-dash CD changer, dual-zone AC, and lots of in-vehicle storage including pockets for the second row and a big center storage bin for the front driver and passenger. I could not be any happier with my baby, my Explorer! Made in the USA!
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Worth every Penny

by from N.Andover, MA on June 27, 2011

I have this truck for almost 10 years now. I bought new and have now 187k Miles on it. We love this truck. Yes its V8 and gas hogger but it does what it suppose to do. Other then 1 transmission replac...
I have this truck for almost 10 years now. I bought new and have now 187k Miles on it. We love this truck. Yes its V8 and gas hogger but it does what it suppose to do. Other then 1 transmission replacement, I can say that I never had any problem, Yes Change 2 times tires and once brakes. It starting to get rust on certain spot but its strong as new. We used this in New England harsh weather and took twice to Arizona. Never failed. I am planning to keep it as long as possible and then yes, I am planning to go back to Explorer again.
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Great for the money

by from Manhattan Beach, CA on November 28, 2010

I am the original owner of a 2002 Ford XLT Explorer with a little over 100K miles on it, and I have taken great care of this car from the beginning and have had only minor issues with it. I do take it...
I am the original owner of a 2002 Ford XLT Explorer with a little over 100K miles on it, and I have taken great care of this car from the beginning and have had only minor issues with it. I do take it to Ford once a year for normal maintenance, which usually costs under $500.00 to keep it in great working condition. I was going to trade it in last year for a new Ford Edge, but the Edge is too small and I decided I didn't want a car payment anyway! My Ford is big, a 7-seater, for my daughter and all her friends, our dogs and our ski trips, and I always have enough room for our gear; bikes, skiis, snowboards, dog crates, groceries, etc. That's very important with our life style. I would recommend this car to anyone. Try one if you need room, reliability, value and low car maintenance.
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good value

by from IOWA on September 3, 2013

I bought this 2002 Explorer in August, 2013 with 120K miles on it. As an 11 yr old vehicle, we feel like we are really getting our money's worth. It is performing well, and getting the kind of gas mil...
I bought this 2002 Explorer in August, 2013 with 120K miles on it. As an 11 yr old vehicle, we feel like we are really getting our money's worth. It is performing well, and getting the kind of gas mileage that we expect (20MPG). It is a plain jane model, but provides all the confort and convenience that we need. The dealer was 160 miles from home, but it was worth the trip, and we would recommend Hastings Ford in Hastings, MN. They are a faith-based dealer and honesty is an important part of the way they do business.
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Our 1st luxury car we ever owned.

by from montrose co on August 31, 2012

We just brought a 02 explorer with only 58000. We are the cars' second owners. We up graded from 81 chevy blazer . The old owners took excellant care of this car. Its looks and acts like it just came ...
We just brought a 02 explorer with only 58000. We are the cars' second owners. We up graded from 81 chevy blazer . The old owners took excellant care of this car. Its looks and acts like it just came of the assembly line. We live in middle of Rockies in Colorado so we knew we had to get a vechical that could take on the winter, plus get us over the passes when traveling. This our 1st luxury car, AND my husband loves it.He is 16 year parts veteran for carquest. Not one word of cost for parts for this car, Which awesome!! He loves the big truck feeling, I love the space and 3rd seats for grandchildren. We don't miss the Blazer at all!!
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ripe with age

by from Uxbridge MASS on November 25, 2009

My 2002 explorer was purchase used with 43000k...today 11/2009 is has 178000k. My only significant problems have been with the rear bearings (replaced twice) and the transmission....replaced with a re...
My 2002 explorer was purchase used with 43000k...today 11/2009 is has 178000k. My only significant problems have been with the rear bearings (replaced twice) and the transmission....replaced with a rebuild....and failed again under warranty, and the 4x4 module. The vehicle lives in Massachusetts... and is rust free. It is a six cylinder...oil was always changed every 3k. I'll run it until the next big issue...then say goodbye. I would consider another one too.
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'02 Explorer - Junk

by from New York State on May 25, 2012

I've had problems with the truck from the time I purchased it new. Seat belt for the 3rd row seat not working correctly. Handles for the compartment where the spare tire is keeps braking. The window o...
I've had problems with the truck from the time I purchased it new. Seat belt for the 3rd row seat not working correctly. Handles for the compartment where the spare tire is keeps braking. The window on the passenger side broke when it was down, couldn't get it back up. I had to cover it up until I could get it fixed. The back springs both disingrated to nothing at about 40,000 miles. The transmission had to be replaced a little over 51,000 miles. Warranty expired a 50,000 miles. I call Ford to see if they could help cover some of the cost since it was about 1,000 miles past the warranty expired. Fords answer was - Sorry, your warranty is expired, we will not help you. Good customer relations. Not a let me see if there is anything we can do for you. Makes me want to buy another Ford with an answer like that. Had to replace the wheel bearings twice between 75,000 and 90,000 miles. I've owned five used car that were non Fords and have never put one third of the cost of repairs into them as I have with the Ford. I will never buy another Ford product again.
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