30th Oct 2002, 09:02

The first and last Ford I will ever buy…

My Explorer is leaking fluid from the front axle out of vent tubes. According to a Technical Service Bulletin issued by Ford, this occurs on some “Explorer/Mountaineer, Ranger and Explorer Vehicles.” Clearly a design issue because the fluid has nowhere to vent when it expands, It needs a “revised housing cover” which has baffles built in at a cost of approx $1,000 to correct the problem. There is nothing worn out, nothing broken, just an axle that was not well designed. No help from the company on this one.

I really wish I had my Pathfinder back!

18th Jun 2004, 17:04

I love my 2000 Ford Explorer Limited. I bought it used after have many problems with a 2001 Ranger Edge that was bought back by Ford. My Explorer has 66,0000 miles on it. 20,000 miles I have put on it in the year I have owned it and have had no problems. I love it!

14th Sep 2004, 14:49

I have a 2000 Ford Explorer that I am putting in the shop every other month at this point. The knocking sound that I'm reading other people are experiencing is most likely the Exhaust Manifold. There is a "Silent" recall on this. Don't bother getting it fixed though because it will just break again. I have had mine repaired once and replaced twice. It's not under warranty anymore and Ford won't pick up the tab so it costs $1K every year... like clockwork. I have also pretty much replaced the entire front end suspension and Some parts numerous times (Tie Rods and Bearings). This truck is junk and I can't get rid of it now. I will never ever ever buy another Ford.

16th Sep 2004, 22:26

The paint on our 2000 Explorer has started to crackle and flake. I was told that this has been an issue with the dark blue color (Dark Wedgewood Blue). Otherwise, no real issues.

27th Oct 2004, 12:30

I bought my used 2000 Limited last year. I love the looks, and the comfort with all of the features. The annoying thing is that it rides like a #%%% * skateboard from 1970 (with the steel wheels). My '94 Z/28 rode better!

Anyone re-work suspension with any luck?


PS...Hope mine doesn't turn to crap like some of the others!

14th Dec 2004, 22:48

Like all of the comments above, my paint has cracked and bubbled, the wedgewood blue, engine replaced at 72000, both front bearings replaced, most of the transmission wiring and sensors replaced (some crushed when they put in the new motor-sorry, the re-manufactured motor), tie rods, all ball joints numerous times, the hatch rattles worse than my Probe did, 15 shop visits in under 2 years due to problems. Paid over $2000 for warranty, was told that I had over $10,000 worth of work done on it!

2nd Sep 2005, 12:14

I'm thinking extremely hard about purchasing a 2000 Ford Explorer. Any suggestions. Good or Bad. I have read the previous, but that all can't be bad can they. (The truck has 70,000 miles on it.)

21st Sep 2005, 16:01

Re: 2002 Ford Explorer V8. Run, don't walk away from this vehicle; if you must buy, but two of them so you'll have something to drive when the other is in the shop. This vehicle is fine in the creature-comforts department, but when it comes to drive train and reliability, forget it!

30th Sep 2010, 22:34

I bought a 2000 Explorer XLT in 2002 with 41,000 miles on the 5.0L V-8. Bought it from CarMax.

Had to replace the alternator within a couple months... no big deal... only $25 deductible under warranty.

Have replaced the compressor, radiator, done two brake jobs.

Rear wiper doesn't work anymore, but have always had problems with that, even on my 1998 Explorer.

Had some front end work done.

Replaced the plugs and wires at 100,000 miles.

I have always changed the oil every 5000 miles with Mobil 1 synthetic oil and filter. I also use a filtermag.

Keep the transmission fluid/filter changed every 30,000 miles, and also have the radiator/antifreeze flushed every year. Maybe a little excessive on that. However, the truck now has 163,000 miles on it... same engine and transmission. Doesn't use any oil between changes, nor does it leak any. Tranny shifts as smooth as the day I bought it.

I am ecstatic about this truck, and absolutely love it!! Just recently drove it on a 1900 mile trip, and it never missed a lick!

11th Oct 2010, 00:27

For the owner wanting a better ride:

Shocks and tires are the key. I belong to an Explorer enthusiast forum and they all agree, it's in the tires and shocks. I have replaced both and it made a world of difference.

As far as reliability, it comes down to the maintenance. In 103,000 miles I have replaced the right front wheel bearing, that is it. I wheel it, used it for construction, you name it.

You take care of it and it will take care of you.