Moved up from 2001 Sport Track, appreciate added and updated comfort. Rear seat awkward to enter/exit, a little hard for regular folks. Engine and driveline excellent, brakes and steering exceptional. Clean style, a little upmarket and more capable Honda Accord. Use vehicle for business travel in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Utah and appreciate safety of 4 wheel drive.
Engine & driveline, interior and ride height. Gas mileage excellent at 25, a little better than my 2001 Sport Trac
Nose design a little mundane and seems to be have its nose in the air. Soft plastic in interior subject to unrepairable scratches and deep gouges.
Beware of 2002 Ford Explorers with new rear suspensions. After numerous trips to the dealership, the noise was corrected with replacement parts. Now that the vehicle is three years old, the noise is back, and is not covered by the original warranty. It seems the aluminum housing used in this model, rather than the traditional cast iron, has created the problem due to expansion and contraction with heat.
An absolutely horrible vehicle from the start. This 2002 was actually a replacement for a 2001 that we went lemon-law with. The 2002 started off with a defect in the rear hatch, the plastic cracked. Then over the past year the following have been replaced: all 4 Rotors; all 4 sets of brake pads; the e-brake cable; the 4x4 transfer case; the transmission (yes, transmission!); the rear axle seals; need I continue?
Nice design, rides fairly comfortable for an SUV. Steering tight.
I suggest FORD close their doors, chain them shut, and go out-of- business! Spare the heartache that I, along with other Explorer owners, have gone through with this horrible vehicle.
2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
My '02 has had a leak in fuel line, new cat converter, fly wheel in transmission, clutches in differential, blower motor in air conditioner, front power seat motor, had to turn rotors at 20k miles. This thing is a lemon. Stay away. I can't afford to keep it and the TMV is so low now that I can't afford to sell it either.
Seats when they work. Torque is good. Looks are good.
Push button 4WD is bad. The connectors slip off and when you need it sometimes won't turn on.