2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4.6L V8
Overall excellent transportation; outstanding vehicle for a new driver to learn on
Two costly electrical problems with the transmission, one of which was the original owner's fault and not a design problem.
Transfer case seals.
One coil pack
Breaks, tires, spark plugs (regular maintenance).
Driver's door ajar sensor acts up in cold weather.
My wife purchased the Explorer because she needed a larger vehicle to haul around children, children's friends and equipment. The secondary reason was to have a 4WD vehicle.
The Explorer has turned out to be quite reliable, has plenty of power, and is well balanced and sure footed in snow, rain and mud.
The Explorer also handles quite well for what it is, is comfortable to drive and ride in, and gets reasonable mileage for a V8 SUV.
This particular Explorer has a factory class 3 trailer towing package and will tow a car trailer with a two ton tractor on it without any problem at all.
In other ways this Explorer has far exceeded any expectations for durability I have seen in a vehicle. My daughter, on the first day she had a learner's permit, backed the Explorer through a brick bank wall. The rear hatch was damaged and two windows broken out, but otherwise aside from scratches and dents, was completely functional. Since the accident I had the hatch and windows replaced, touched up the scratches and have continued to use the Explorer with no issues.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd March, 2016