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still going strong 2016
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By coloradobell1
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2002 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Still going stronger after 5years. Take in to dealerships for yearly maintenance, tire rotations.No problems.. like the saying says" You take care of your baby, your baby will take of you"!


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BIG time TRANNY issues/Bearings also
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By tracydeech
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2002 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


Best Features

drives great in snow.. comfortable cabin.. love 3rd row seating for xtra people


Worst Features

make a tranny that last and figure out the wheel bearing situation.


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Junk
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Kern
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2002 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


Best Features

ride, roomy


Worst Features

better over all design with bad coil springs and wheel bearings.


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the money pit!
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By lisa
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2002 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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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.


Best Features

Looks good sitting in my driveway.


Worst Features

Only build quality products or, don't put it out there for consumers to spend there hard earned money on.


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I love this car.
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By gina
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2002 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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


Best Features

The third row seating.


Worst Features

The crack in the back by the hatch window. It has happened in a lot of Explorers and they won't fix it for me.


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