2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4.0 from North America
Great car, junk transmission
Transmission x 3.
This is a great, solid comfortable SUV.
The quality of the interior is exceptional.
The ride quality for an SUV again is exceptional.
I bought my car with the view to keeping it until literally fell apart. I treated it like that - oil fluid changes etc etc.
Instead, I swear to never buy another Ford product.
If FORD would acknowledge and fix the transmission instead of ignoring it and treating the public like morons, I would be an Explorer owner forever more.
I fixed this transmission 5 times...
First time I took it in, at 83000m, they (independent transmission place) rebuilt it, it wasn't right, so I took it back, still wasn't right.
Eventually after three trips, it seemed to be working right.
Then at 103000m it went again, out of warranty.
I took it to a local transmission place and they replaced the solenoid pack and torque converter.
I got about a month out of that, and the whole thing went again. So I ended up buying a used transmission, and having it changed out after spending the money on the solenoid, the torque converter, and labor.
I read since about all the horrendous transmission problems people have had with this year Explorer. Even the tranny place recognises he sees more Explorers than anything else of a similar age.
I got rid of it, as I have no faith in the vehicle; I need to be a first responder at work.
I write because I would have loved to have kept American, this was my 4th Ford. But they are abusing the goodwill of their customers, so I bought a Subaru and love it.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th June, 2010