2002 Ford Explorer Sport-Trac 4.0L from North America


Alternative to Jeep


Dealer recall: Cruise control module (never had a problem with mine).

General Comments:

Surprised Ford builds these, since the market is limited to a certain demographic of people.

The Sport-Trac is about the last of Ford's true SUVs. The suspension handles off-road well and the 4.0L can get you into and out of trouble.

It does eat fuel for it's size. Mine gets about 15MPG city.

Towing capacity is similar to large trucks. It can seat five, but four is more comfortable.

I had an Explorer before and had trouble hauling certain things, like trees and lumber. Now I just toss them in the bed. The bed is not long, even with the tailgate down, but is great for tossing in camping equipment and heading for the woods. Great for the do-it-yourself-er hauling cement, shrubs, boards, whatever. That's the Sport-Trac is for.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st September, 2009

2002 Ford Explorer EB 4WD 4.6L V8 from North America


The vehicle has a poorly designed transmission and 4 wheel drive system


The first transmission was replaced at 53,000 miles for $3,000+, and I just replaced the transmission again for another $3,500+.

All 4 wheel hubs/bearings have been replaced since I acquired it. I can't remember the exact cost, but it seems like it was at least $500 each.

4 wheel drive module replaced at substantial cost and other major drivetrain repairs.

Ford has a serious problem with the drivetrain in this vehicle. I think the culprit may be the automatic 4 wheel drive system.

General Comments:

Looks good and is very comfortable. The 4.6L V-8 engine is a reliable performer.

It drives nice when it's working, but Ford has probably lost a customer because of the lousy transmission and no apparent willingness to acknowledge it. At one point I had 4 Fords parked at my home. Now I am down to 2 Fords in a family fleet of 5 (the other 3 are foreign and are performing very well).

I loved my 1998 F-150 Lariat Supercab, and I got 85,000 trouble free miles out of it before I sold it to my brother. He has about 120,000 miles on it now and it's still going strong.

My next SUV or truck will likely not be a Ford.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th September, 2009

2002 Ford Explorer XLT 4 litre V6 from Australia and New Zealand


Most underrated vehicle, best value compared to other large 4WDs


At 75,000 KLM a spark plug failed. Replaced under warranty as plugs warranted for 100,000Ks.

At 80,000 a small ornamental plastic strip on top of the drivers door came off. (Glued back in place/5 minute job.)

Last year volume control on audio started slipping, replaced front panel on unit. ($75.oo)

General Comments:

For such a large vehicle it is very fuel efficient.

Averages 12.5 litres per 100klm.

Rises to 18LPK when towing 20 ft cabin cruiser.

Excellent handling and turning circle, 1/2 my Patrol.

Could do with more ground clearance for off road work.

This is my 2nd and wish Ford Aust. still sold them.

Excellent performance and very comfortable.

Very user friendly and top rating safety features.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2008

2002 Ford Explorer XLT V6 from North America


I am not a happy owner


At 62300 miles the transmission failed. It is at the Ford dealer for the second time, work pending.

General Comments:

Two weeks ago the O/D light started to flash soon after the check engine light came on. I drove 2 miles to a Ford dealer to have it looked at. $1000 + another $200 per phone call & five days later I have it back.

It drove great with its $1200 transmission repair -- for two days. Now lights flashing, hard shifting I take it back.

After an OOPS they gave me a 08 Focus to drive until they fix the problem. Two days later a phone call to tell me the $1200 repair has to be done over (no charge) + to keep a valve from flipping over, the transmission needs to be removed from its bell housing and put into a new one, and this will only cost me another $600!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st June, 2008