2000 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Average vehicle

2000 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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XLS 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Manual)

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Average vehicle
By ryster on


2000 Ford Explorer XLS 4dr SUV 4WD


The 2000 Explorer is a comfortable, yet
flawed vehicle. The ride is very good
but there is just a bit too much wind
and road noise. Build quality is only
fair, as mine had two significant
manufacturing defects. The B-Pillar was
misaligned and the body welds were not
correct. This necessitated 5 trips to
the dealer to repair, with the 5th trip
requiring the dealer to have the truck
for 17 straight days. I was provided
with a loaner free of charge. Aside
from a horrendous rattle in the dash I
have experienced no ther problems
although it is gradually loosening up
(creaks in the dash and door and other
trim pieces). Performance is adequate,
although there are times I wish for
slightly more power. The truck will
cruise easily on the interstate at
75-80. The seats are very comfortable.
My truck, with the 4.0L OHV V6 averages
17-18 mpg in mixed driving. I have been
doing my own oil changes with synthetic
blend oil and have noticed improved and
quieter engine performance. I would not
hesitate to look at the 2002+ Explorer
if I were considering a new SUV.
However, I think I will go back to a mid
or full-size sedan next time around.
Disappointed with the high d

Best Features

Comfortable interior, excellent visibility, mechanically reliable, many features for the mone

Worst Features

Better structural integrity (less squeaks and rattles), improve build quality and quality of interior materials, improve standard sound system power and speaker qual
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