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Advice: never expect the gas mileage to be what is advertised by the dealer, no matter what carI have owned MANY cars...this is above average. only problem so far has been that I needed to replace the gas cap. the fuel system is presurized so it felt like it was 'bucking' until replaced. I added dual exhaust (magna-flow mufflers) and that seemed to help the gas mileage. gas mileage sucks as you can expect but worth it if you need the space.
Pros: being big
Cons: gas hog & radio station changer in rear seat kids love pushing buttons & top heavy (easy roll over)
Advice: don't buy you'll have to remorgage our house for the gas 11 mpg i never realized how bad that was especially at todays $loved it. But rent one first (you'll see)
Advice: get bigger engine-(v8)ok
Pros: The space and room
Cons: would like better gas mileage in city driving (14 to 16 MPG)
Advice: Check out the Ford ExpeditionLooked at 2002 Explorer, steering wheel seemed much lower than my 1998 Explorer. Then drove the 2002 Expedition with 5.4 engine and 17 inch wheels. Steering wheel was comfortable, not too low like 2002 Explorer, more like 1998 Explorer. Few months after purchase drove from OK to FL, gas mileage was low to mid 20's. That fall drove from Dallas, TX to OK City, OK after filling gas tank in Frisco, TX, averaged over 28 MPG on that trip. Love the Expedition. My wife did not like the Explorer, but loves the Expedition. My other car is a 2001 Buick Lesabre, have trouble getting in and out of Buick due to my height and long legs as I am 6'-4' tall, Expediton is easy for me to enter and exit.
Pros: ride and cabin space
Advice: XLT's should be your preference...but it's all subjective of courseIssues and concerns about previous Ford Explorers are now 'things of the past'. If you do your research well, you'll find that the new 2002 explorer has resolved all those issues. I traded-in my 1999 jeep grand cherokee and that should say alot about this new explorer. The minute i stepped inside this thing and test drive, i knew i wanted it. I also own a lexus rx300, and the ride is 'almost' the same...
Pros: HANDLING, MAJOR AMOUNTS OF ROOM,VERY COMFORTABLE,LOTS OF POWER(5.4 V8 ONLY) LOTS OF COMFORT FEATURES
Cons: IT IS A TRUE GAS HOG!!!!!! BE PREPARED TO SPEND BIG TIME BUCKS ON GAS!!!!!!
Advice: BEST SUV ON THE ROAD, HANDS DOWN! BUT BE READY TO SPEND LOTS OF MONEY ON GAS!!!!!!!!IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A LARGE COMFORTABLE WELL HANDLING SUV, THIS IS THE ONE! IT IS THE BEST ONE AVAILIBLE OUT THERE. SPLURGE AND SPEND THE MONEY FOR THE EDDIE BAUER, IT IS WELL WORTH IT! AND DON'T BE AFRAID TO DICKER WITH THE SALESMANAGER,THE PRICE WILL DROP ALOT!!!!!!! MY ADVICE, BUY IT,BUY IT,BUY IT. YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Pros: Air suspension
Cons: No armrests on front seats.
Advice: If you like big -- you will like this truck.Vehicle performed flawlessly. Ride and handling are excellent -- especially for a vehcile this large. Suspension improved over earlier model years.