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My Baby (a 2002) has over 200,000 miles!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By nikkio
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2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I have to tell you .. this is a reliable family vehicle!
I have a 2002 Ford Explorer 4.0 (4x4).
We have the third seat. We purchased it in 2002 with about 18K miles on it. I am a mother of 3 & 5'10". I have total confidence in this vehicle!
You will always have slight issues with vehicles but, this vehicle held out for many years!
I have over 200,000 miles and have only done the following:

- basic tune ups
- brakes
-oil changes every 3,000 miles (Motorcraft synthetic blend)
- all four wheel barrings (But at 200,000 miles!)
- Replaced the lower housing unit - it started to overheat (at 200,000 miles!)

I'm getting a new truck after the holidays and will be getting a new Ford Explorer!


Best Features

I love the third seat. We are a family of 5 and this gives space where needed and still have a decent amount of trunk space. It's really a smooth ride. Doing 75 on the hwy is a breeze!


Worst Features

I wish they put an extra layer of clear coat on the back of the vehicle... it faded a bit.. but only after the vehicle sat in the sun (we live in FL) for many years... then it started to peel... overall, it is still in gorgeous condition, even after 200,000 miles!


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2002 Ford Explore Limited 4.6L V8
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By carguy03
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2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Purchased this vehicle in October 2010, and really liked it, but after I drove it for a while, I realized that I didn't have enough leg room, I'm 6'4". The Explorer had a lot of power, and would get you where you needed to go!


Best Features

Pearl White exterior paint. Electric everything. Power from the 4.6L V8.


Worst Features

Interior build quality was less than I expected. Could use more MPGs, I averaged about 11-15 MPG.


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Great until it hit 100k miles!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By chase2634
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2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Bought mine used in 2004 with around 30k miles. Aside from general maintenance this vehicle was great until it 100k miles.
Wheel bearings, cracked rear panel out of the blue due to design flaw and now at 150k miles the transmission is on the way out.
Just got the dreaded blinking over drive light and found out my new trans will cost about 2k.


Best Features

4wd when it works


Worst Features

Transmission, wheel bearings, rear panel design.


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BIG time TRANNY issues/Bearings also
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By tracydeech
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2002 Ford Explorer XLT 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Mine was a demo when I bought with few miles on. Absolutely loved it for the first 6 years. 09 is or 08 is when I saw problems. The heat/AC went out. And then the wheel bearing started going (every 6-8 months one would need fixed) It has around 120k miles on it. Tranny died 3 weeks ago!-and on top of that 2 more wheel bearings need fixed on it plus tie rods. AND it is a gas guzzler! Its paid off but it is still costing me lots to keep it! So I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with my explorer. Goes GREAT in snow(only reason why I would consider keeping).I'm going for a more economical vehicle now.


Best Features

drives great in snow.. comfortable cabin.. love 3rd row seating for xtra people


Worst Features

make a tranny that last and figure out the wheel bearing situation.


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good in formula bad in practice
7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By tompnoid
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2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Ford has built a truck with all wheel drive to help with horse power and grip when riding on wet roads awesome right??

no... a great idea in a lab isnt always practical in real life mine has 89k on it and needs a new transmission i went to a shop the other day and asked a guy about price said i have a 2002 ford explorer he goes wait look over there see all those boxes those are transmissions for 2002 ford explorers.
you cannot build a full time 4 wheel drive vehicle that is this heavy and have only a 4.0 l v6 powerplant.
this would of been a great vehicle with better gas milage and no trannsmission issues had they only put in a button to let u disengage the 4 wheel drive.


Best Features

dig the interior and radio


Worst Features

2 wd drive button stronger coil springs not stiffer just stronger mine broke after 2 months. transmission dipstick less bean counters more old guys in the design room


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