2000 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Average vehicle

2000 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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XLS 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Manual)

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By ryster on


2000 Ford Explorer XLS 4dr SUV 4WD


The 2000 Explorer is a comfortable, yet flawed vehicle. The ride is very good but there is just a bit too much wind and road noise. Build quality is only fair, as mine had two significant manufacturing defects. The B-Pillar was misaligned and the body welds were not correct. This necessitated 5 trips to the dealer to repair, with the 5th trip requiring the dealer to have the truck for 17 straight days. I was provided with a loaner free of charge. Aside from a horrendous rattle in the dash I have experienced no ther problems although it is gradually loosening up (creaks in the dash and door and other trim pieces). Performance is adequate, although there are times I wish for slightly more power. The truck will cruise easily on the interstate at 75-80. The seats are very comfortable. My truck, with the 4.0L OHV V6 averages 17-18 mpg in mixed driving. I have been doing my own oil changes with synthetic blend oil and have noticed improved and quieter engine performance. I would not hesitate to look at the 2002+ Explorer if I were considering a new SUV. However, I think I will go back to a mid or full-size sedan next time around. Disappointed with the high d

Best Features

Comfortable interior, excellent visibility, mechanically reliable, many features for the mone

Worst Features

Better structural integrity (less squeaks and rattles), improve build quality and quality of interior materials, improve standard sound system power and speaker qual
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