2002 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Wheel bearings, brakes and com

2002 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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XLT 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 4x4 5-speed Automatic)

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Wheel bearings, brakes and computers
By Mhammer on


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


Vehicle gets a surprising 19 mpg on highway. AWD is great in snow, mud and beach sand. Sound system is awesome as well as front/rear AC. Easy entry and great visibility. But Ford really blew it underneath. I have replaced both wheel bearings front (once) rear (twice). Rear struts and springs after both springs broke. Emergency brake pad and cable twice. All four brake calipers twice as they froze up. As for the cars brains, I had to replace a very expensive security system computer module, as well as the courtesy light system computer. All this with only 71,300 miles and only one driver. My old Izuzu Trooper went 163,000 miles until the engine failed. Just brakes and a clutch there.

Best Features

Love the visibility and the great big storage area with seats down. AWD is great in snow and ABS is perfect. Performance is okay for a six banger and I get 19 mpg on highway.

Worst Features

Seems like anything with the undercarriage is built with junk, from bearings, springs, struts, parking brake cables and calipers ... they all rusted out, broke, sized up or failed. Electronics modules are expensive and fail too often. They need a new supplier of the onboard computers.
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