2002 Ford Explorer Limited 4.6litre V8 from North America
Nothing at this time.
Would like to see an easier glass hatch to close and latch - usually takes 2 attempts to close it.
We bought our Explorer Ltd. 2 years ago off a retail lot, and have been extremely happy with it.
Previous to this, we had bought a new 1995 Explorer XLT, and kept it for 10 years. In those years, we had to replace 1 oxygen sensor, and that was it as far as mechanical items went.
We had a 6 cylinder in our old Explorer, and wanted something with more power and smoother operation.
Well our 2002 Explorer 4.6 V8 sure fits the bill. We are extremely happy with this vehicle; we have had zero maintenance issues (we change the oil every 3-4000 miles, and follow the maintenance schedule faithfully.
We have the trailer towing package and pull a 3000lb. tent trailer every summer, and really appreciate the room to carry items inside and the smoothness of the drive train while going up and down the mountains where we live. We love the heated leather seats (would be nice if it was a better quality leather, as in newer models).
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 6th February, 2007
Having owned a 1998 and 2001 Ford Explorer, I can say that they really are great vehicles. Neither of ours ever had a single problem. My wife, however, never felt ours had enough power. In 2003 she drove a 275 horsepower in-line 6 GMC Envoy and was hooked. It has more power and is much faster than the V-8 Explorers, is much smoother, and on our vacation this summer got an incredible 24.8 miles per gallon. Unless Ford can up the power and offer a smoother ride and better mileage, we'll stick with GM for now. Ford's reliability is unquestioned, but the new GM's are very smooth and refined.