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Better but not perfect
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By cwhitford
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2002 Ford Explorer XLS 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

ride/handling, third row is easy to operate, looks great!


Worst Features

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 value!


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Not happy with Ford
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By stacey moran
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2002 Ford Explorer XLS 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


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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 design.


Best Features

Comfort.


Worst Features

Obviously, take responsibility for and correct the mistakes made in creating the vehicles.


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Excellent Vehicle
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By cyprinella
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2002 Ford Explorer XLS 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


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Would do it all over again. We love this SUV!


Best Features

Independent rear suspension. Excellent acceleration.


Worst Features

Put lumbar in this model.


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a whole lot for the price
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By jags4all
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2002 Ford Explorer XLS 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

Efficient V-6. Functional interior, comfort and driving visibility


Worst Features

Extra storage


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Quality Build
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By Hillary Wu
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2002 Ford Explorer XLS 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


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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.


Best Features

Comfortable ride, quality build, purshase incentives, and different options for different needds.


Worst Features

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