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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.
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Ford Explorer Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Ford Explorer

  • A great truck that suffers a terrible rap. Completely new for 2002, this Ford Explorer shares only its name with its much-maligned predecessor.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Available third-row seating, independent rear suspension, powerful engines, attractive new exterior design.

  • Cons

    Everyone and his uncle has one, driving characteristics are still pretty truck-like.

  • What's New for 2002

    The 2002 Ford Explorer has been overhauled in an attempt to make it more carlike than ever before. Among the improvements are a 2.5-inch-wider stance and 2-inch-longer wheelbase for improved handling and roominess, a new independent rear suspension that improves ride and handling, while at the same time accommodating an optional third row of seats, larger door openings with a lower step-in height, an optional side curtain airbag system and an optional Reverse Sensing System.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 14
  • cty
/
  • 19
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Followup 3 year 88000

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

no problems. New tires this years but that given. 3 Colorado winters 5 passes no problems. We take our Explorer in every June for yearly its oils, transmission changes. We just brought small camping trailer and you can't even tell you towing the thing. heading up Yellowstone next summer. can't wait. 58000 to start, now 88000. In 27 years of marriage its still best car hubby & I have owned.




Big time tranny issues/bearings also

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

Mine was a demo when I bought with few miles on. Absolutely loved it for the first 6 years. 09 is or 08 is when I saw problems. The heat/AC went out. And then the wheel bearing started going (every 6-8 months one would need fixed) It has around 120k miles on it. Tranny died 3 weeks ago!-and on top of that 2 more wheel bearings need fixed on it plus tie rods. AND it is a gas guzzler! Its paid off but it is still costing me lots to keep it! So I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with my explorer. Goes GREAT in snow(only reason why I would consider keeping).I'm going for a more economical vehicle now.




Junk

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

I bought this slightly used with only 14k miles. Nice looking truck inside and out. But after only owning it a year, everything started going wrong. Interior lights shorted out and so did the mirror ext. lights. Coil spring went. Mechanic said it was a design flaw that fords knew about it. Wheel bearings all the way around at 40k miles. Power window problems at 50k. Then at 80, rear diff. and trans went so we got rid of it. It was a money pit. It still rode nice the day we got rid of it but too many repairs. My last Ford explorer purchase.




The money pit!

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

I fell in love with the "look" of the explorer xlt, and had always heard that Ford built a good vehicle. Everything started out great. But, around 70,000 miles that all started to change. I have replaced 6 wheel bearings, rebuilt the transmission, changed window switch, the interior lights works only when they want too, heat doesn't work anymore, volume knob is broken, clicking noise coming from dash, 4x4 doesn't work, trim started fading to quick, leather seats don't hold up, rear passenger door won't lock and after all this the transmission is going out again. Don't waset your money on what is now known as the Ford exploder.




I love this car.

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

This is my second Explorer and I would buy a third one. This car has been amazing with very little work needed.




Extreme dissappointment

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

I've been a Ford man all of my life; until now. Should have read the reviews before I bought it. What a mechanical piece of crap. Afraid to even drive it, wondering what is going to need repairs next. Door ajar light comes on for no reason, 4X4 is locked in low. Was going down the road at about 25mph in 4 auto when low locked in. Thought I had dropped the motor and tranny on the ground with the violent shifting that occurred.I'm just glad no one was behind me when it happened. Rear axle bearing noise, front wheel bearings bad, broken panel under rear window.It seems my vehicle has all of the problems combined that I've read on this and similar websites.Ford should be ashamed of themselves.



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Full 2002 Ford Explorer Review

What's New for 2002

The 2002 Ford Explorer has been overhauled in an attempt to make it more carlike than ever before. Among the improvements are a 2.5-inch-wider stance and 2-inch-longer wheelbase for improved handling and roominess, a new independent rear suspension that improves ride and handling, while at the same time accommodating an optional third row of seats, larger door openings with a lower step-in height, an optional side curtain airbag system and an optional Reverse Sensing System.

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Talk About The 2002 Explorer

2002 Ford Explorer Discussions See all Started By

csmlo
csmlo
08-31-2000
edmunds says if you're going to buy a new explorer...


steveav67
steveav67
05-15-2009
I have a 2002 Ford Explorer that has been running well up untill the past couple of days. It has 165K miles, I just got a lot of regular maintanence done on it. 2 days ago I noticed it smelled hot and...


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...



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