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Fabulously Reliable
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By Jared
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2001 Ford Explorer Sport 2WD 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


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I bought my 2WD EX Sport 5 years ago with 70K miles. It now has 127,000. It has been a fabulously reliable vehicle-- but I do a lot of preventative maintenance on my vehicles. There are a few rattles and it rides a bit rough on bumpy roads. Only seats 4. The fabric seats look brand new. Excellent quality. Much lighter than a 4 door 4WD Explorer and is quite peppy. The silver painted finish on the console chips easily. I Average 18 MPG. 22 on the FWY. Idles a bit rough, but runs smoothly. Actually does pretty well in the snow for a 2 WD vehicle.


Favorite Features

Seats, 4.0 SOHC engine, light weight, very good automatic trans for this vehicle, small turning radius.


Suggested Improvements

Add a 3rd seat/seat belt in the back-- only 2 seats back there. Improve the silver finish on the console parts. Build quality is only average. A few too many rattles


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My 2001 explorer sport
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By stan
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2001 Ford Explorer Sport 2WD 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


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Excellent overall vehicle i purchased mine used with about 20k miles Sept 2002 and i have had it serviced regularly by the Ford dealership if you do not take care of your vehicle it will not take of you i have just went over 100k miles other than the cruise control recall (i had to go without it for two days), the battery dying about 6yrs ago, and having to recently replace the original tires, i have had no problems with it at all, my paint job needs a touch-up and two of the original three overhead handles are missing in the interior but has always been dependable i always made it to work and back even in some pretty bad storms that some 18 wheelers could not make, it's a truck and a good one


Favorite Features

dependability I'm giving this one to my mother who is excited to get it, i just had a full service done on it and other than a new battery, oil & brake fluid change, and radiator flush, nothing major needed keep up your vehicle maintenance my dad runs a shop i have seen what happens when you don't


Suggested Improvements

Nothing considering the price and the fact i brought it used i came with many features and you have to be careful not to lose the original keys they have chips in them that start your car a copy will not work you will have to spend over $100 at a Ford dealership to replace one that's my only con


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Fun While It Lasted
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By M4NU3L
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2001 Ford Explorer Sport 2WD 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


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I bought this car as a daily driver with 110,000 miles on it. It was fun at first. Had no problems the first three weeks, then the problems began. I did a complete tune up to the vehicle and I was still only getting 11 MPG. After all the maintenance was up to date, the check engine light came on a day later. After a compression check I found out the valves were sticking and the heads needed to be replaced, an expensive fix. Then a day later the front wheels started shaking really bad and the rear differential was giving off a high pitched whine. After taking it to a mechanic I found out the 4 front balljoints and 2 A-arms had to be replaced. BUY WITH CAUTION.


Favorite Features

I like how high the Exploder sits and the low end torque is great too.


Suggested Improvements

The suspension and plastic moulding on the exterior could be of better quality. A bigger gas tank with better MPG would be nice as well.


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Best Little SUV Ever
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By FORDMAN
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2001 Ford Explorer Sport 2WD 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


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I've owned my 2001 Explorer sport since 2003 when I was in college. Since then I've clocked more than 100000 miles in it. Aside from a trip to the dealer for a bad air flow sensor she's been good to me. Never let me down, always started, still runs like a champ. I love the interior layout, while small I always seem to find room for what I'm hauling when I lay the seats flat. Sadly I will soon have to part with her as I'm about to have a baby and will need to upgrade to another Explorer (this time the sport trac) to have 4 doors to fit the baby.


Favorite Features

Interior layout, good exterior looks. Rock solid reliability.


Suggested Improvements

Rear wiper stopped working from the get go (who needs it though) and the engine chugs a little until its warm (needs better air intake gaskets). The center consol purse is an abomination and I'm glad Ford got rid of it in the redesign


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Tuff little truck, couldn't be happier!
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By Liz
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2001 Ford Explorer Sport 2WD 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


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I love this truck! Only problem so far was covered by warrenty. Size is perfect for someone like me, no kids, 2 dogs, unmarried. Handles like a dream in the snow and carries 4 snow boards, 4 people and all the gear without any trouble or feeling weighed down. Surf board fits on top and running boards make it easy enough to strap the board on top. This truck has been very cheap to own and so far has only required maintenance to keep running; it has over 125k miles on it! Can't say enough good things about it and I will drive it until it wont start anymore. Switched out the stock shocks for Monroe and couldn't be happier. It's the only mod I made and I will never go back to stock shocks.


Favorite Features

Plenty of cargo room for the size of the truck. Love that I can just throw stuff in it. High enough to be able to see traffic infront of me but low enough to not feel like I'm struggling to get in it. Parallel parks in the smallest places. Turning radius is the best I've ever had on a truck.


Suggested Improvements

Have the rear seats lock into place when up, they tend to flip up when people are getting out of the back. Install better shocks, my mod didn't cost that much; just more of a pain that I had to get it done. Stereo is OK but for what I paid for this truck I can't really complain too much.


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