Had a 98 XLT V6 and traded for the 02.
Much improved ride and handling.
Better stock stereo than 98, but an
upgrade should have been offered like
in the 04's. Transmission filter
assembly had to be repaired. still
shifts hard at times, bad smell from
cat converter after engine pushed
hard. dealer says it is normal.
Overall happy with truck.
ride/handling, third row is easy to
operate, looks great!
Leather steering wheel, but is offered
in 2002.5 along with dimming rearview
mirror and foglights, sunroof does not
operate when ignition is off, sunroof
switch should light up at night, no gas
cap holder, tilt steering/power seat
awkward, interior is bland, BAD resale
I am very disappointed with the Ford
manufacturers. I recently found out
that there is a design flaw in Ford
trucks from years 2000, 2001 and
2002. This is a flaw with the "air
intake". You could drive through
three inches of water and the air
intake is placed so low that it
will "suck up" the water causing the
engine to lock up and have to be
replaced. Ford refuses to take
responsibility for their design flaw
and will NOT do a recall. Yet they
leave the insurance companies to cover
all expenses for their mistakes in
Obviously, take responsibility for and
correct the mistakes made in creating
I purchased this 2002 Explorer for my
wife and we just love it. It has
adjustable pedals and the entire is
very functional. The v-6 is suprisingly
quick and responsive. My wife is 5'1"
and has very good visibilty in this
truck. We traded in a 2001 4 dr Tahoe
and we really do not see much in the
power loss and we are saving a ton in
gas. Overall, we are very happy with
the purchase. In fact, I have ordered a
F-250 and can't wait to get it.
Efficient V-6. Functional interior,
comfort and driving visibility
Consumer Report's review is biased. I
had test-drives of all compatible
Japanese SUVs, before I bought the
Explorer. Highlander is only a Camery
pretending to be an SUV. Pathfinder's
leg room for the rear seats is too
small. Explore costs less but offers
better package, more power, more cargo
space, and better performance in Explorer.
Explorer is comfortable on the road. For
more than year, no mechanical problems
have ever happened. As for the gas
mileage, at least it's no worse than the
Japanese SUVs. On the highway, it can
reach about 22 miles a gallon, sometimes
even with air conditioning on. The
average gas mileage is 18.
Comfortable ride, quality build,
purshase incentives, and different
options for different needds.