2002 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6 5-speed Manual Consumer Review - Wheel bearing nightmare
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2002 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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

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XLS 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 5-speed Manual)

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Wheel bearing nightmare
By Paul Becker on

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

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It's obvious now that Ford has a real problem with the wheel bearings on the Explorer. Today, I am having the 4th wheel bearing replacement on my Explorer. Right rear (once) Left rear (twice) and today, Left front (once). It seems inevitable that the next to go is the Right front. What a complete pain and drain on the wallet with each replacement costing $400. Other issues include body hardware and a way underpowered engine.

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The design of the Explorer is nice and I do like the utility of a SUV.

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Ford - Do whatever it is you need to do to produce a reliable, quality vehicle. My wife's 03 explorer has all sorts of electrical problems. Mine is a mechanical mess. I don't know if I will ever by a Ford again. As sad as it is, the domestic car options are limited. Why can't we build good cars?
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