The Ford Explorer is a very good , safe and reliable car. Yes it is a 2002 and I had it for 6 years and just sold it. I fought wit myself to not sell my baby. Never had a problem with it starting in the winter, traction was very good going around the S curve on lake shore drive. The engine is awesome , would have liked to put in my new explorer. Overall I am gonna miss this car. It had a good run with me and will continue for it;s new owner. Love this car.
2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I absolutely love my Explorer. It definitely isn’t the prettiest SUV anymore because I live in the North and rust eats our vehicles for breakfast, but she’s still running strong with 254,000 miles on it. The V8 is a gas guzzler.
Oddly enough, the heated seats work, but the regular heat, does not. All the speakers, stereo, subwoofer, everything electronic works. Sunroof works but does leak some water when it rains really hard.
Transmission still shifts really well but can knock sometimes when changing from first to second depending on how hard to push it.
Leather and interior pieces are still in fantastic condition.
Overall, it’s a nice SUV, especially if you can find them cheap like I did. I’m hoping to get one more year out of it, but that’ll probably be its death because Pennsylvania is strict on rust and my frame is about shot.
Drive it on the highway and stop and go traffic. Listen for clunks and note any shifting problems. This one was fine, dealer serviced all it's life. If it shifts "funny" or is clunky shifting from forward to reverse then stay far away. Mine was fine. One problem noted was that in 4X4 High at low speed turns of the steering wheel on pavement over 40 degrees turning caused a clunky sound that "appears" to come from the front end but likely from the rear. Leaving in 4X4 Auto and it went away. Only use 4x4 high on pavement if not turning the steering wheel beyond 35 degrees to right or left or likely clunky sound will happen. Other than that I like the car a lot. This is the first Ford I have owned in over 30 years. I will see how it works out. Word of advice; if you purchase one, change the oil, rear end grease and transmission fluid ASAP.
A good choice for those who live in snow prone winter areas. Great tow vehicle. Engine is smooth and reliable. Ride is fairly smooth. This vehicle has always started on first try in even sub zero weather.
Had it 15 years now with 96K miles. Still looks great and it's comfortable but have had to replace too many things. 4 wheel drive control module, broken spring, both front control arms. one rear control arm, fuel pump, emergency brake repairs (2x), AC Compressor...