Used 2002 Ford Explorer Consumer Reviews - 378 Car Reviews | Edmunds

Consumer Reviews

2002 Ford Explorer

Average Consumer Rating

378 Total Reviews

View reviews for a specific Explorer model:

sort by

Most Recent|
Most Recent Most Helpful Highest Rating Lowest Rating
What a RIP OFF!
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By Rachael
on

Vehicle

2002 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I have had problems for the past 2 years w/ this vehicle. I have replaced 3 wheel bearings w/ in the past year and now they are loose again. I have the infamous rear panel crack, replaced fuel pump, replaced intake manifold, replaced fuel line, had starter problems, rear passenger door does not lock, door ajar light will not stop (WD40 is a temporary fix). I am afraid to drive it because the check engine light is always on. This truck is high maintenance. Ford Motor company does nothing to help. Basically every month I make a payment I feel like I am being robbed. CHECK OUT ALL REVIEWS BEFORE BUYING THIS SUV.


Best Features

Nothing.


Worst Features

I thing they should scrap the whole design and save people a lot of aggravation and money.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

the money pit!
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By lisa
on

Vehicle

2002 Ford Explorer XLT 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I fell in love with the "look" of the explorer xlt, and had always heard that Ford built a good vehicle. Everything started out great. But, around 70,000 miles that all started to change. I have replaced 6 wheel bearings, rebuilt the transmission, changed window switch, the interior lights works only when they want too, heat doesn't work anymore, volume knob is broken, clicking noise coming from dash, 4x4 doesn't work, trim started fading to quick, leather seats don't hold up, rear passenger door won't lock and after all this the transmission is going out again. Don't waset your money on what is now known as the Ford exploder.


Best Features

Looks good sitting in my driveway.


Worst Features

Only build quality products or, don't put it out there for consumers to spend there hard earned money on.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Extremely reliable
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By robt
on

Vehicle

2002 Ford Explorer Limited 2WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Purchased this car new and have had VERY few problems. Computer went out at 130,000. Bearings could stand to be replaced now (still on original set), I change the oil myself with high grade (purple magic) oil and 10K filter regularly at every 10K miles. Changed differential and coolant for first time last week. I have never serviced the sealed transmission on a mechanics advice. What more can I say. I couldn't kill this thing if i wanted. I would take it to Alaska tomorrow.


Best Features

Climate control, storage area, fold down rear seats, styling.


Worst Features

Because the car last so damn long I wish they had made the driver seat a bit more comfortable.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

Great Mid-size SUV
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By KCAttorney
on

Vehicle

2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Bought this SUV with V6 in summer of 2007 with 95K miles on it. Sold it in November 2009 with 130K miles to a friend's daughter who just turned 16. It still looks great, interior & exterior. Only repairs during that time were 2 rear wheel bearings and the rear AC door actuator. Other people complain about having to repair items like wheel bearings at "only" 90K miles. Come on, be realistic. Once a car gets over 50K miles, it's going to need repairs from time to time. This SUV offers a great overall package. I've had 3 Explorers now and had good luck with all 3. They aren't perfect, but I've had several other SUV's also, and the Explorer is a great truck. That's why I've owned 3.


Best Features

Good 4x4 system, good price, lots of luxury amenities, leather held up well, good exterior styling, 7 passenger seating, reliable, comfortable. Sunroof, power pedals, 6 disk in dash CD changer, rear AC, good seat heaters.


Worst Features

Like everyone else says, should get 3 or 4 mpg more based on size.


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

very good truck
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Performance
Comfort
Fuel Economy
Fun To Drive
Interior Design
Exterior Design
Build Quality
Reliability
By big_guy
on

Vehicle

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


Review

very nice to drive not exactly used for normal things but took every thing i put it through got it with 33000 on it and now have 230000 and still going


Best Features

every thing


Was this review helpful? Yes | No

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT