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2002 Ford Explorer Ratings

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Ford Explorer 2002
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    11/10/2003 10:39:23 PM

    2002 Ford Explorer - Eddie Bauer 4x4

    Pros: The EB options; memory seats

    Cons: What? No tranny dipstick?! We'll see how this 150K sealed transmission does.

    Advice: Shop around

    I love this rig! I upgraded from a '99 Explorer with the 4.0 six to this one with the 4.6L. Bought with 20K on it, mileage around town a little low but not bad on open roads. The extended wheel base and track width makes towing a 22' travel trailer pretty easy. Was a chore with the shorter/narrower '99. Quality seemes excellent, fits like a glove, plenty of room (I'm 6'3'). Hoping for many, many trouble free miles. I drove a '97 for three years at work; high speeds, towed boats, rode that little rig realllly hard and it NEVER gave me any problems; this led me to buying one for personal use, and now on 2nd one. Yes, there may be occasional lemons, but producing this many vehicles is bound to yield one or two.

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    9/14/2003 4:55:56 PM

    2002 Ford Explorer - Limited 4x4

    Pros: automatic power window for the driver door

    Cons: everything else

    Advice: please do not buy this vehicle

    It has a relatively harsh ride, despite the new rear independant suspension. it seems to have gotten worse than its predecessor.

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    4/14/2003 8:29:43 PM

    2002 Ford Explorer - Eddie Bauer 4x4

    Pros: Plenty of room in all 3 seats and how she LOOKS.

    Cons: The message center is hard to see. LED not bright enough.

    Advice: Just buy it. Great SUV.

    We bought the Eddie Bauer,V-8,4x4,3rd.seat,moon roof,running boards . She's loaded with what we wanted,and handles great.We owned a 96'Explorer.What a difference.They got it right this time.She's a year old now,with 12000 miles.We rotate the tires at 3000 miles with oil/filter change. Happy motoring. PS. The seat/heater controls are hard to adjust.

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    3/6/2003 11:27:52 PM

    2002 Ford Explorer - XLT 4x4

    Pros: Seating and cargo, fuel economy, lots of convenient features.

    Cons: Lack of sufficient power and high pressure salesperson.

    Advice: Plenty of seating and cargo room. Upshifts smoothly. But lacks sufficient power.

    When my girlfriend and I decided to look for a V6 SUV with a 3rd row seat, the first one we checked was this. It had the steering wheel controls and both cassette and CD. It rode fairly comfortably. It had 4-wheel ABS and a 5-speed automatic which smoothly upshifted. But with its 210-h.p. SEFI 12-valve SOHC 4.0L V6, it lacked sufficient power for the size. Plus, having a salesperson trying to push it off on us was another reason we did not get it. We took it out on a by-pass on a test drive. The speed limit was 65. It just barely got up to 70. And it was slow at getting there. But it is good on M.P.G. And it has enough room. So, we looked for and got a more powerful V6 2003 SUV. It was with no pressure. But the Explorer had enough seating and cargo room. And it was not too bad once it got up to 70. It is all I have on it.

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    2/2/2003 5:58:13 PM

    2002 Ford Explorer - XLT 4x4

    Pros: 3rd row seat

    Cons: Seat height is too high. Knee hits dangling keys

    Advice: Recommend it. No problems, after 28K miles

    Quiet, Good handling. Problem free!

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    9/29/2002 9:51:47 AM

    2002 Ford Explorer - XLT 4x4

    Pros: INTERIOR ROOM AND LEATHER

    Cons: THE HOOKED AND SHARP DOOR BOTTOMS THAT ALLOW ROAD SPLASH TO ENTER

    Advice: ADD RUNNING BOARDS AND SPLASH GUARDS, 3RD ROW SEATING ESSENTIAL IF YOU HAVE KIDS.

    WIDE TRACK PROVIDES VERY STABLE RIDE; V-6 IS FINE FOR LIGHT LOADS AND LIGHT TOWING; A/C IS VERY ADEQUATE AND LEATHER INTERIOR IS VERY FINE; GEAR SHIFT LEVER DOES NOT ALWAYS FIND THE DRIVE SLOT; HEADLIGHT DESIGN IS POOR; ALARM SYSTEM HAS SOME BUGS ALLOWING ALARM TO SOUND WHEN DOORS ARE UNLOCKED; FACTORY TRANSMISSION HAS BLOWN AND HAS BEEN REPLACED AT 10,000 MILES. REPLACEMENT TRANSMISSION HAS SLIPPED AND/OR DISENGAGED OCCASIONALLY, WOULD BE INTERESTED TO KNOW IF ANY OTHER READERS HAVE EXPERIENCED THIS ALSO;

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    8/19/2002 6:59:30 PM

    2002 Ford Explorer - XLS 4x4

    Pros: styling, independent suspension

    Cons: bare XLS packages, should at least include running boards, less standard features than others.

    Advice: Go with the XLT at least.

    Drives great, smooth V-6, superior to the 98 we traded in.