2002 Ford Explorer SUV XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
The height of the rear cargo floor off the ground saved my back for these many years. No bending over the trunk of a sedan anymore, to retrieve heavy grocery bags. Being able to slide onto the driver seat from a standing position was perfect. I was tall enough then. I'm shorter now. The solution.....a smaller SUV. I'm giving my big XLT to a friend. That big mean green machine still has a few good years left in her! That same friend, the day he takes ownership of my '02 Ford XLT is the day he parts with his '94 Ford XLT with over 250,000 original miles, and the original stainless steel exhaust system. There's a lot to say about the way some of the these vehicles were built 'back in the day'. Of course, proper care and maintenance is understood!
2002 Ford Explorer SUV XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)
Bought the 02 in 04 with 17k on it. It is now 2015 and I have 110,000 miles on it. I have had a couple of recalls that were fixed, but didn't seem too serious. I have always changed the oil at about 5k intervals and it still runs smooth and great. In Oct. 2014< i had to have the transmission rebuilt. The problem occurred suddenly: Please do research about this because there is too much to say. Ford needs to works on this and hopefully they have for newer models. And it was 3,000 bucks to rebuild it at a Ford dealership. I still lack confidence in the fact that this problem will arrive in the future out of nowhere. I must mention that there was at least a 3 month waiting list for a new transmission if that gives the answer away for this vehicle. I just hope that I will get another 100,00 miles from the rebuilt transmission. The interior is just fine, comfortable, and fairly rugged. I must admit that I really love this vehicle because it drives so well and does excellent in the Colorado snow. If I go to 200,00 miles without any tranny problems I would say that this was the best bag for the buck. And I plan to do just that if I can. Overall, though, this is a great Four wheel drive vehicle that's been very reliable in every way except for the transmission issue.