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    Looking at a 2006 V8 with 83k miles

    Very interesting. Makes a lot of sense. That helps a lot! I'm going to go test drive it today!
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    Looking at a 2006 V8 with 83k miles

    Sorry, I may have worded things poorly. I don't know that it needs one, I guess I'm just trying to figure out if there's a good chance that if I buy this it will end up in the shop with an expensive repair bill in the next year or two. I loved my '02 but it had to have a number of repairs...
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    Looking at a 2006 V8 with 83k miles

    Thanks for the reply. I love hearing these successes. I think I got the $3k number as the average fix price for issues on CarComplaints.com. Not 100% sure what it covers. One thing I did notice is that this particular Explorer does not have a tow package. I was a little surprised given that...
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    Looking at a 2006 V8 with 83k miles

    Hi all, I'm back after a long break. I used to have an '02 which I loved, but ultimately had to get rid of. I'm now looking at replacing my current SUV with something else, and was looking at an '06 V8 with 83k miles. It's about 11k and has a clean history, but not a lot of service records...
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    iPod/iPhone adapter for 2002 stock stereo with in-dash 6 CD changer

    thanks very much for the reply! I didn't even think about Bluetooth, so I will look into that. based on the threads I read, it sounds like I would not lose my CD changer functionality since it is built-in... apparently pushing "CD" once chooses to play CDs and pressing it again goes to the...
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    iPod/iPhone adapter for 2002 stock stereo with in-dash 6 CD changer

    Hello all; tried to make the title as descriptive as possible, but it came out a bit long-winded... anywho. I have been looking for a way to integrate my iPhone directly with my 02's in-dash 6-disc CD changer. I used to think it was impossible, but some searches today have made me believe it...
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    Transmission Issues? Conflicting advice from forum...

    Sorry to ask the dumb questions, but the price looks pretty darn good for the parts, but what kind of labor am I looking at if I were to take that case to a mechanic?
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    Transmission Issues? Conflicting advice from forum...

    So you guys think that is the problem? Is there a way for me to check? Also... the site makes it sound pretty easy, but is it something that I could do myself (having NO prior experience working on a car)? Thanks
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    Transmission Issues? Conflicting advice from forum...

    Thank you all for your replies. I don't have a scanner; I can order one in, but I believe Autozone will retrieve the codes for free. Busy day, but I will try and get any stored codes. It is hard to say. I guess not since I cannot reproduce the hanging every single time. It seems to...
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    Transmission Issues? Conflicting advice from forum...

    No flashing overdrive light. I did have a service engine soon light that lasted for about 100 miles, but I was forced to fill up on 85-octane (below recommended) on the fillup before that happened. It went away shortly after filling up on 87 again (which was stated as a possible fix in the manual).
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    Transmission Issues? Conflicting advice from forum...

    Hello all. First, let me state that I am pretty dumb when it comes to vehicles. I have to think pretty hard when I change a tire :P Anyways... My 02 explorer is shifting hard from 2 to 3 gear (so it seems). This isn't an uncommon issue as I have found, but the fix I should pursue is what is...
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    Need battery/charging help

    jrford, thanks for your input. its a relief to hear from many others that it sounds like just a bad battery. i picked up a gold from Autozone this afternoon and will install it tonight when I have access to my wire brush.
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    Need battery/charging help

    Hey all, just to revise my question a bit: Is the amp gauge in the Explorer accurate? Can I assume that if it is riding in the middle that my Alternator is providing a good charge and that the battery is bad? Sorry if I'm being pushy, I need this vehicle (and I love it) and would like to go...
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    Need battery/charging help

    thanks for your help guys. DirtyDog, I try to never leave anything plugged in, but sometimes mistakes happen. I think the oil guys actually left the lights switched on because they were went I tried to start it yesterday. So you guys think its pretty safe to say this is simply a bad battery...
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    Need battery/charging help

    Hi all, I know very little about cars compared to you guys, so I have come to you for help. Let me give you some background info: About two months ago, it seems like out of nowhere my 2002 Explorer V6 4.0L wouldn't start. There was enough power to run the headlights and all internal...
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    brianjwilson: January '08 Featured Truck

    gorgeous. i wish i had the guts (or skills, or brains) to mod my '02 Ex
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    100k mile maintenance

    I get very panicked at the idea of working on my cars. I think I'm worried that because I've never worked on one before, I'm going to screw it up and its going to cost me a lot of money. I have talked to my father and brother in law who are pretty good with this stuff and they'll help me with...
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    life beyond 200k?

    very impressive with the 200k. it seems to me like the 02s have enough faults to make it worth getting rid of before 200k, but you've obviously taken enough care with it to make it cost-effective. congrats.
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    100k mile maintenance

    alright, so I checked out my owner's manual. nothing is logged and i dont have records but I bought it at 82k miles certified from a dealer so i'm assuming everything before that should've been taken care of. the sum of all the maintenance up to 105k miles should be: Inspections: Inspect...
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    100k mile maintenance

    hey thanks all, i will try and get the dealer to fax me a quote and i'll check out the owner's manual. I bought my X at 82k miles, how can I tell what maintenance has been done if I don't have the old service orders?
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    100k mile maintenance

    thanks for all the replies. i'm still not quite sure what to do. if it were $500 i wouldn't have a second thought, but in the last 2.5 months i'll have put almost $3000 towards maintenance and repair... its just a lot to swallow. i'll probably end up doing it because safety > all.
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    100k mile maintenance

    well, the price might be fair for what they want to do, but my real question is what do I actually have to have done? i think it might be a lot more cost-effective for me to get only the really necessary stuff done and maybe work on the other stuff at a later date. thanks
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    100k mile maintenance

    aldive, i realized after i talked to him (didn't know it was going to be so long or expensive) that i should've written it down, so no, I don't have a list. I do know some simple things like air filter, engine oil, front and rear differential additives, etc. but that was only part of it.
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    100k mile maintenance

    hey all, i'm approaching 100k miles on my 2002 Eddie Bauer. I bought it at the end of 2006 and haven't really done any routine maintenance on it (aside from oil changes and rotations) so I would like to make sure I do enough maintenance to keep it running well for another 50k miles at least...
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    2002 xlt engagement of 4 wheel odd?

    well i don't know much, but I've read quite a few times that a bad or dirty sensor will cause 4x4 problems. i would recommend giving it a clean and seeing if that helps. i've never looked at mine, so you'll have to find out how from someone else :salute:
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    Help an auto-illiterate guy choose a tire

    great, thanks for helping me out. just curious, any idea on what kind of mpg hit I will take going to these all-terrains?
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    Help an auto-illiterate guy choose a tire

    thanks for your reply. so i'm looking at the BFG T/A KO tires at about $150 each. two more questions 1. Should I keep the 255/70R16 size I'm running on my Toyos are go to the 245/70SR16 that is the stock size (and the size of the BFGs I'm looking at)? 2. I've read up on this on the...
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    Help an auto-illiterate guy choose a tire

    Hi all, First of all, I love these forums. I spend a lot of time here even though I rarely post. I've had my '02 Explorer since Sep. 2006. It has been troublesome... needing suspension work and needing the rear differential overhaul (yeah, that one)... but with all of that I still love this...
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    New stereo recommendations

    alright, so far it sounds like someone has been happy with anything but the $75 walmart players? lol
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    New stereo recommendations

    Thanks for your reply. I will check out their stock!
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    New stereo recommendations

    Hi all, I have an '02 EB and I was wondering if anyone could provide some good recommendations on a relatively inexpensive but good replacement for the factory 6-disc changer? I love my 6-disc changer, but I'd love to be able to have an iPod input that i can control using the steering...
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    rubbing noise when turning???

    had this happen to me in november. it was a rear differential problem that the 02s. They replaced the clutch packs, some bearings, and all-in-all, it was about $1500 to rebuild...after i talked them down 10%
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    Crack in Hatchback Panel

    Well... that makes me a little happier, I guess, since I don't have to worry too much about the panel falling off, and also I wasn't sure how much it was to replace the entire panel (apparently not too much). Thanks for all your replies. I love my Explorer and hope that this is fixed in newer...
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    Odd 4x4 Noise

    Thanks. This alone makes me feel a little better. I'm a bit of a hypochondriac when it comes to my health and my stuff, so sometimes I make things up. If anyone else has experience with this let me know. Thanks
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    Odd 4x4 Noise

    thanks for your reply it is in 4 hi and i am pretty sure it has made the sound in snow when i turn very sharply. normally it is not an issue, it only happens with sharp turns. so... no way this could be normal? should 4x4 ever make a sound at all (rather than just a vibration or skipping)?
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    Santa was good too me this year

    very nice, congratulations!
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    Winter Issues, Drivers Door Stuck "OPEN"

    this happened to me...this summer, actually. what happened was the latch in the door was stuck in the wrong position (sorry I don't know all the technical terms...), but it was due to some grime buildup that was causing it to stick. the only thing i had on me was some WD-40, but i sprayed it...
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    Crack in Hatchback Panel

    Has your crack expanded since the initial crack? I have heard of it happening a lot (basically until its unbearable to watch or until it falls off)... but i'm hoping that for the most part it won't be an issue. i am hoping to seal it with anything to keep water from getting in there.
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    Odd 4x4 Noise

    Hey all, I know that you're going to have some skipping on dry pavement when in 4x4, but my question is regarding a loud kind of 'whine' when turning my wheel in 4x4 mode. I don't know if its too big of a deal because it only seems to be happening in 4x4 mode, but is it normal to hear this...
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    Crack in Hatchback Panel

    Hello all, I recently received a crack in the hatchback panel in my 2002 explorer, it is right below the window and I have included (below) the TSBs for the issue. My question is this: many at carcomplaints.com have had this fixed for about $350 at their dealer, only to have it happen...
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