2002 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Design flaws apparent

2002 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 5-speed Automatic)

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Reliability Value
Design flaws apparent
By Ravenayr on


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


At 2 months we replaced the CD player which quit, then it was the ignition fell out of the steering column onto the floor, the master control for the power windows on the driver side caught fire, and the transmission and various sensors gone at 46000 miles, very disappointed in the overall reliability of this vehicle rearend and bearing are next and this vehicle though equipped for towing has never towed a thing, all miles are highway with some mountain driving which it did not handle in Rocky Mtns in summer, quit for lean fuel mix.

Best Features

Controls for climate, music and fan in the steering column, also cruise control. two way sunroof, large cargo and head room. V-6 does get great gas mileage and has plenty of zip early on in the cars life, later it is sluggish, about after 40,000 miles

Worst Features

Better plastic, better yet for this model, wood. Hard to crack windows and not get alot of rain into the interior. Build a better power train and improve the engine performance.
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