1. for access to Ford Explorer and Ranger owner generated reviews and discussion, tech tips, how to articles, off-road modifications, events, and more! Since 1996 we have been the #1 Ford Explorer resource on the Internet. We also cover the Explorer Sport Trac, Mercury Mountaineer, Lincoln Navigator, Mazda Navajo, Mazda Pickups, and the Aerostar.

    Register Today It's free! This box will disappear once registered!

2002 Explorer WORST YEAR???

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by basenjib123, December 11, 2006.

  • Searches ExplorerForum.com
    1. basenjib123

      basenjib123 New Member

      Joined:
      December 11, 2006
      Messages:
      15
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      Hello all, I just purchased a 2002 Explorer, V-6, 4.0, 3.73 Axle, 71K miles. Seems to be in excellent condition. I have been reading alot about this particular year and model and the information for the most part is pretty negative. Consumer Reports for instance gives this one a pretty poor rating. Was this a particularly bad year for the Explorer? I hear the transmission are both unreliable and one cannot even check the fluid levels? Sure would appreciate any tips/advice/info. Thanks, Joe.
       
    2. Support EF


      Join the Elite Explorers for $20 a year

      Explorer Forum has probably saved you that much already, and will continue to save you money as you learn how to diagnose and fix problems yourself, and learn which modifications work without having to experiment on your own. Elite Explorer members see practically no ads, add your own profile photo, upload photo attachments directly to your posts and Media Gallery, create more private Conversations, and more. Join Today. Your support is greatly appreciated.



      to hide adverts.
    3. Nevea'sExplorer

      Nevea'sExplorer Active Member

      Joined:
      June 30, 2006
      Messages:
      119
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Pittsfield, Ma
      Year and Model:
      02 4.0 XLT 4x4 5R55W 3.55
      My 2002 Explorer has 56k on it and it runs great (knock on wood). I have yet to have any major problems associated with it being just a 2002 Explorer. I read that Consumer Reports didn't like the sluggish transmission and the way it shifted and it did hang a little before switching gears at times so I really did have to agree with them on it. But since I put in a Volant cold air intake the problem doesn't seem to not be there any more. It really shifts so much nicer now.

      The transmission is a sealed unit so there is no need to have a dip stick to check it. Just have it serviced when it needs to be like changed and flushed and you shouldn't have any problems with it.

      It's a nice running truck that I've had for a couple of years now and plan on keeping for a while. It doesn't burn any oil and I change it every 5k with synthetic oil.
       
    4. jsbaker

      jsbaker New Member

      Joined:
      August 30, 2006
      Messages:
      48
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      La Porte, TX
      Year and Model:
      05 XLT
      I have a 2002 that I purchased a few months ago with 91,000 and now has 97,000 miles on it. Besides the miles you would have thought it was brand new when I got it. I have had a few issues with mine, airbag light (harness under seat) engine light (O2 sensor) and rear end whine which is a common problem that I can live with until it really needs to be fixed. I have also had to change the a/c pulley and belt due to a chirping sound. As soon as the first cold snap hit here my ABS light has now been on constantly. I knew that it had a lot of miles when I bought it and that it was likely to be some issues. Would I get it rid of it any time soon?? Not likely. I love it some much more than or 2005 corolla that the corolla just sits in the drive way now and the explorer is our main vehicle.
       
    5. plumbah22

      plumbah22 New Member

      Joined:
      August 5, 2006
      Messages:
      3
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      London, Ont
      Year and Model:
      '02 Sport
      I just bought a 2002 explorer sport with 170 k on it and it seems to be running great, we just got a 3 foot dump of snow up here in canada and it went anywhere I wanted like there was no snow at all, BUT during all the fun I noticed my ABS just came on, on about the 2nd day of driving, is there any way of getting rid of this e.g replace a sensor, fuse etc. because the abs doesn't work anymore
       
    6. piperRonnie

      piperRonnie New Member

      Joined:
      November 8, 2005
      Messages:
      27
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Chicago, IL
      Year and Model:
      2002 XLT
      I have a 2002 xlt, 37k miles. ABS light went on a couple of months ago (and is still on). When I get to a heated garage, I'll check the rear speed sensor, then there's a module near the brake fluid resevoir, then there is the aforementioned under-seat module.
       
    7. FROADER

      FROADER Moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

      Joined:
      January 28, 2000
      Messages:
      19,896
      Media:
      3
      Likes Received:
      22
      Trophy Points:
      58
      City, State:
      Huntington Beach, CA
      Year and Model:
      2010 XLT
      I think it got poor reviews and people say it's the worst because it's a completely new vehilce design. A lot of people don't like to buy the first year of a design because of potential problems. Also so that the manufacturer can work out any bugs in the later years. This is not always the case though. If anyone has an '02 and not having any problems, then they shouldn't worry about anything. Just keep up regular maintenance like you should and you'll be fine. My .02 :dunno:
       
    8. 410Fortune

      410Fortune ELITE BRONCO2ERER Moderator Emeritus

      Joined:
      August 3, 2000
      Messages:
      21,903
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Crawlorado
      Year and Model:
      B2 Mod
      the SOHC engine and your transmission have been around in the Explorer since 97, so the bugs are pretty much worked out of that.
      The body and rear suspension are all new, and I am pretty sure the front suspension and steering is a new platform in 02, so you may have issues there.

      The V6 drivetrains have always had the transmission as the weak link, so this is nothing new, even though your auto trans has been around for some time and is heavily upgraded behind the SOHC in 2002 compared to earlier models, it is still alot to ask of these transmissions in a heavy 4x4 SUV like the Gen III Explorer.

      Fords are great trucks, dont let the reviews make you think you bought a lemon, if you take care of it it should be a good solid work horse of a truck for you, as Colin said the first year of a new platform is always the worst one to get, but its still a good platform

      IMO 95 was the worst year of the explorer V6 auto, the first year of the Gen II and before true OBD-II computers....
       
    9. Explorer_gal

      Explorer_gal New Member

      Joined:
      December 12, 2006
      Messages:
      26
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      London, Ontario
      Year and Model:
      2002 Explorer XLT
      I've had my Explorer XLT since the first of July this year and have put almost 12000kms or about 7200 miles on it. So far except for a cracked rear hatch panel it has been a terrific truck. No problems with anything mechanical in it. This vechical now has 150,000kms/90,000 miles on it. Maybe all the bugs have been worked out of mine. *fingers crossed*
       
      Last edited: December 12, 2006
    10. dkkne

      dkkne Active Member

      Joined:
      September 4, 2006
      Messages:
      107
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Wisconsin
      Year and Model:
      91 Eddie Bauer
      my 2002 XLT had a ton of wheel bearing problems. I replaced all four wheel bearings twice withing the first 60K. I also had transmission problems which I caught early and a simple fluid flush saved it. I installed a large aftermarket trans cooler and the truck is still driven by my ex wife with 120K on it. The timing chain makes noise when its started cold int he mornings I guess.. but I personally would buy another one, but it woudl be an 03 or newer...
       
    11. Anna's 2002

      Anna's 2002 New Member

      Joined:
      December 13, 2006
      Messages:
      14
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      humboldt,Ca
      Year and Model:
      2002 XLT
      Mine has 120K on it and has only had a few problems... one rear wheel bearing, water pump. I do keep up on the services regularly. The only disappointment is the rear axles through the frame, hence no lift kits(except for body lifts.) The faded paint on the plastic corner pieces and the paint coming off the roof rack shouldn't happen with a newer vehicle but that can be repainted.
       
    12. trucku

      trucku Well-Known Member

      Joined:
      January 25, 2005
      Messages:
      2,029
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Queens, New York and living in Budd Lake, NJ now.
      Year and Model:
      2002 Explorer XLS 4.0 4x4
      Bought my 02 xls with 45k on it. Now its at 70k miles. The torgue 4x4 module behind the glove box was changed and no more 4x4 lockups. I changed my tensioner and pulley, idler pulley. I am getting some whine out of the rear end, but the dealer can't hear it. I am under warranty so I will drive it till it really complains. I love this truck with its "character". I run mobil1 throughout the truck, except tranny, but will this summer. Snow is its buddy. When new york had its heavy snow a bit back, I had no issues at all. I did the flush on my tranny and she shifts beautifully now. You can still experience a hard shift or a delayed shift now and then, but ohterwise she is working better than ever. The fadded plastic corners will get painted this summer.
      Gonna keep her as long as I can. I still have lots more to do to it( guages, electric fan, etc).
       
    13. basenjib123

      basenjib123 New Member

      Joined:
      December 11, 2006
      Messages:
      15
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      Thanks for the replies guys..much appreciated! nm

      nm
       
    14. skifreakpro

      skifreakpro New Member

      Joined:
      December 2, 2006
      Messages:
      17
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Albuquerque, New Mexico
      Year and Model:
      2002 Ford Explorer Sport
      i have never had any problems with my 02'. ive had it since new and it now has 52,000 on it. the only problem i have had is with the 4wd module that went out from switching it on and off and what was my fault not the trucks. i know people with 1st gen's with 170k on the engine and tranny that aren't that good about replenishing the tranny fluid; as a result, the tranny runs like shit until they put more fluid in and it runs as if nothing happened with no damage wut so ever. thats how good an explorer really is. no matter what year.
       
    15. kamiller42

      kamiller42 New Member

      Joined:
      December 13, 2006
      Messages:
      13
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
    16. chris2002

      chris2002 New Member

      Joined:
      December 16, 2006
      Messages:
      14
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      I bought my 02 new in may of 2001. To date I have over $40,000 in it. It has been the worst vehicle that I have ever owned. I love the ride and the looks when it is working properly. All maintenance schedules have been followed with oil changes every 3000 miles. It has had all wheel bearings replaced. All went bad at separate times. Differential pressure switch . for egr been replaced twice. Rear diff leaks and seals replaced 3 times. Rear diff wines and was replaced. 4x4 wouldn't work. Needed new module. Transmission shot and replaced. Abs light on all the time. Needed rear sensor. Air bag inop. Harness under seat. Eats tires in less than 20,000 miles. Has been aligned over 5 times. 2 front shocks. Leaking for no apparent reason. Has never been off road and most miles are turnpike miles. Only had 36,000 mile warranty. All of this I paid for. Never again.
       
    17. trucku

      trucku Well-Known Member

      Joined:
      January 25, 2005
      Messages:
      2,029
      Likes Received:
      1
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Queens, New York and living in Budd Lake, NJ now.
      Year and Model:
      2002 Explorer XLS 4.0 4x4
      WOW....sorry to hear that...downer and a half !:mad:
       
    18. kamiller42

      kamiller42 New Member

      Joined:
      December 13, 2006
      Messages:
      13
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      chris2002, that stinks. Did the same garage or dealership do the repairs?

      I am currently experiencing a growling from the rear when starting from stop. The odd thing is that I don't hear sometimes. Other times, it's horrible. Not sure what it is. It has been doing it for a year or so.
       
    19. chris2002

      chris2002 New Member

      Joined:
      December 16, 2006
      Messages:
      14
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      The dealership I bought the vehicle from I won'tlet touch the vehicle. I do have 116,000 miles on it now but this is an awful lot of failures. It still looks like new. Kill as for your noise if it is the rearend normally you hear the noise when you are on the gas and it quits when you let off. If not it's a wheel bearing but they fail pretty quick. Noise and then tire is ready to fall off. Thump,thump,thump. Good thing I'm pretty handy
       
    20. jrey09

      jrey09 New Member

      Joined:
      September 25, 2006
      Messages:
      33
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      San Luis Obispo, CA
      Year and Model:
      02 XLT 2WD
      bought new 2001, maintenance performed timely and complete. transmission and rear end differential replaced by warranty at 93k after I noticed sagging/slipping trans and shutter when making left turn from a stop. now i have 103K, no warranty and more gray hairs than i'd like. it's a very comfortable truck, i just wish that i had more confidence in it's reliability to enjoy it more.
       
    21. basenjib123

      basenjib123 New Member

      Joined:
      December 11, 2006
      Messages:
      15
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      Feeling down about this thing now...

      I appreciate the responses from all of you. Do you think I should trade this thing in now and cut my loses ASAP? Thanks, Joe.
       
    22. Nevea'sExplorer

      Nevea'sExplorer Active Member

      Joined:
      June 30, 2006
      Messages:
      119
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Pittsfield, Ma
      Year and Model:
      02 4.0 XLT 4x4 5R55W 3.55
      That all depends on how you feel about the truck? No matter what the truck there will always be something in need of a repair on it, that's just the way trucks are.
       
    23. chris2002

      chris2002 New Member

      Joined:
      December 16, 2006
      Messages:
      14
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      If it has had the tranny,rearend and all wheel bearings replaced and it's all under warranty then it's a keeper. If not run like hell.
       
    24. bigapple

      bigapple Well-Known Member

      Joined:
      September 11, 2006
      Messages:
      1,119
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      City, State:
      Baton Rouge LA
      Year and Model:
      '02 XLS Touring
      yea ive been ok with mine.. bought it with 40k and im close to 61k... main problems have been the front left bearing and the rear passenger bearing... had to get the hub assembly replaced... on the highway when ur wheel starts going where it wants and u have to put the peddle to the floor to make the brakes engage on all wheels, ur up shit creek... happened to me and was terrifying but hte main reason was because i didnt pay attention to the ABS light which told me there was lots of pressure on the caliper... should have looked into it earlier... other than that, the only other issue has been the rear window wiper motor... had it replaced under warranty but its starting to slow down again.... annoying... the belt tensioner or timing chain does make the rattle noise and i should look into it but its not doing anything harmful... overall its a decent buy and the ride is smooth with the IFS and IRS
       
    25. 2V Modular

      2V Modular New Member

      Joined:
      July 10, 2006
      Messages:
      5
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      02 Explorer V8 4x4 here and its had its fair share of problems. Since new its had 4 IAC valves, the trans went out at 50k miles, ps rack went out at 21k miles, has the whine, egr went at 74k, and a couple various other things.
       
    26. kamiller42

      kamiller42 New Member

      Joined:
      December 13, 2006
      Messages:
      13
      Likes Received:
      0
      Trophy Points:
      0
      Bold Moves #27

      Quality issues? Maybe you should watch episode 27 of Bold Moves. I would love to have some one on one with these guys.

      Read and watch here.
       

    Share This Page








    We Support Our Troops!