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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
Ford Explorer Sport Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 203 hp @ 5250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 16/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Ford Explorer Sport

  • Put a fork in this one, because it's done.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong V6 engine, rugged styling, comfortable front seats.

  • Cons

    Not as versatile as most SUVs, hobby-horse ride, platform dates to 1990.

  • What's New for 2002

    Sixteen-inch aluminum wheels are made standard, along with an AM/FM/CD/cassette stereo. You now have a choice between an automatic or manual transmission with the base model.

Full 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Review

What's New for 2002

Sixteen-inch aluminum wheels are made standard, along with an AM/FM/CD/cassette stereo. You now have a choice between an automatic or manual transmission with the base model.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Still going strong

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Vehicle: 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Choice 4WD 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

219k miles and still going strong! Just used it to move a trailer full of Moving stuff across the state. Couldn't be happier. It's crazy how stuff lasts when taken care of.




Good little truck

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Vehicle: 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Premium 4WD 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

I bought my '02 Ford Explorer Sport used with 86K on it. I've had it for two or three years now and I'm very happy with it. It now has 110K on it and has been very reliable so far. Some features have stopped working (CC, outside temp, a couple buttons on the radio, the 4WD Low setting) but it still gets me around just fine. The only parts I've had to replace so far are the wheel bearings and the fan belt. Still, I won't complain. It's a good little truck! I'm thinking my next vehicle will most likely be another Ford Explorer or Escape.




My first ford

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Vehicle: 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Choice 2WD 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

My Explorer sways from wind generated by traffic. Roughly every two years "check engine light" comes on. Some of the dash lights went out, had them replaced($250.00)then 8 other dashlights went out. Out of the blue one day, the rear door would'nt open. Different day, I opened rear window and it came off in my hands. No damage has been done to the rear door,or window to give a reason for these problems. Ford recall on cruise control, will catch fire. My previous vehicle was a Toyota Corrola SR5 1600cc 2TC engine I drove for 19 years, God I miss that car.




I cant believe i made

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Vehicle: 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Value 4WD 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)

I purchased this car brand new in August 2002. Still driving it. Have put a lot of highway miles. Things replaced, at 60K needed a new transmission. 70k needed a new a/c compresser. Changed brakes 2x. 2 fuel filters. The truck is not great on miles, but still runs. Yeah, the ride is bumpy but I plan to ride it to the ground. Hoping to get 150k on it. I did get better tires for it. Michel..LTX and that improved the ride. Very good with snow. If you own this car keep it. If you don't, I wouldn't go buy a new one. After 50K everything falls apart.




Not happy at all!

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Vehicle: 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Value 4WD 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)

I've owned my Explorer and ever since I had it I was unhappy with it. I had to replace the front end, brakes, shocks, tires since Ive owned it, most within the first year of purchase. The thing I hate the most is its unstability in snow, The vehicle takes off on its own without warning leaving you in the ditch even in 4wd. I just don't feel safe in this vehicle and I am looking for something better.




Off-road use

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Vehicle: 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Value 4WD 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)

I have had this truck for over two years now. About 80% of the time off- road. When I first bought this truck I have been doing a lot of extreme off- roading with the stocked parts. It was OK the first summer the ride was very smooth over washboards then towards the fall season is when the smooth ride went away. Everytime I went over a washboard road the whole truck would shake! I have worn the suspension system to the max and never is it the same again. I have bought countless shocks and leaf springs but the smooth ride has not ever comeback. The truck is ok for the streets but is not very good for long periods of extreme off road use. Overall it is a great truck for highway use but not offroad.



Talk About The 2002 Explorer Sport

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papabear15
papabear15
09-10-2014
I'm looking at buying a 2002 Ford explorer sport trac with 189000 miles.....any comments from those who own one? My wife is concerned about the mileage. The truck in mint condition. Rfultz where did y...


papabear15
papabear15
09-10-2014
I'm looking at buying a 2002 Ford explorer sport trac with 189000 miles.....any comments from those who own one? My wife is concerned about the mileage. The truck in mint condition. Rfultz where did y...


frey44
frey44
11-12-2002
2001-2002 ESCAPE, EXPLORER SPORT TRAC, EXPLORER SPORT...



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