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#535 of 6400 2002 Explorer Forum
Feb 16, 2001 (12:56 pm)
Well, it looks like Edmund's has decided that we shouldn't have a new Forum for the 2002 Explorer/Mountaineer. We're supposed to either go to:
Exploring the Explorer or
Perhaps when more discussions about the '02's begin, they will let us set up one for the new ones only!
I haven't actually driven one, though I will as soon as they come out (probably end of March or so). From what I've read (and heard from engineers at Ford) it is much improved over the current model ... especially ride quality and interior room. I haven't read an article yet about these new vehicles that didn't speak well of them!
What is the other vehicle your wife is considering?
#536 of 6400 to rcopeland & mazman1
Feb 16, 2001 (9:46 pm)
I have a 98 Explorer. After seeing these postings and my experiences, I can't help but wonder if I shouldn't get rid of it but I am depressed by its devaluation. My car also had the high pitch squeal. The dealer said that the boots needed replacing and I had to pay for it. I also hear the engine getting louder - almost like a winding down noise- when decelerating around 18mph. The dealer said they fixed it. It is definitely still there. Is this normal? Also I am upset that I had to complain to the dealer about my accelerator sticking usually after it has been parked. Apparently there is a throttle body replacement recall! Why didn't Ford send more letters to owners? One would think that with the tire fiasco, Ford would be very sensitive at this time to safety concerns. We're all used to getting recall letters now it shouldn't be a big deal to get yet another! I did have problems with my CD's getting too hot and the radio malfunctioning. I replaced it myself with a $300 system. Same speakers and the sound is much better! The dealer's service advisor claims there are no issues with the stock radio. Also one of my seat switch controls is bad but it is a crime how much they want to charge to fix it. I should have reviewed this site just before I took my car in. Come to think of it, I think I have had problems with my rear wiper blade! I was just in denial!
#537 of 6400 The Other Vehicle
Feb 17, 2001 (9:13 am)
My wife is also considering the Lincoln LS V8 Sport. These two choices came with some discussions. I absouletly refused to buy a BMW SRV or the big Lexus sedan, 60k each. After we went to the New Car Show in San Joe, and my wife read the Edmund's consumer discussions as reviews of the 2002 Explorer as Lincoln LS she recited with those two. I am very pleased with her decisions. I like Ford Motor Company products.
#538 of 6400 RE: The Other Vehicle
Feb 17, 2001 (9:17 am)
My wife is also considering the Lincoln LS V8 Sport. These two choices came with some discussions. I absouletly refused to buy a BMW SRV or the big Lexus sedan, 60k each. After we went to the New Car Show in San Jose, and my wife read the Edmund's consumer discussions and reviews of the 2002 Explorer and Lincoln LS she decited with those two. I am very pleased with her decisions. I like Ford Motor Company products.
#539 of 6400 Lincoln LS and '02 Explorer
Feb 17, 2001 (3:19 pm)
Well, I'm glad you like Ford products! (My wife's an Industrial engineer for Ford!)
I've driven the LS V8, and I really liked it. The interior noise was quite low, and the V8 power is nice. It's not as nice as the Lexus LS430, but it's also quite a bit less expensive!
I haven't had a chance to drive an '02 Explorer, nor has anyone else, really, but it sounds very impressive in all the articles I read. I'm sure it won't have as nice a ride or "pep" as the LS, but I suppose it's not really supposed to!
My wife and I are actually in the process of purchasing a new vehicle, and we're actually going to get an Expedition. Our second choice was the '02 Explorer, but the special finance rate and our discount on the Expedition are so good, that it will cost us less overall than the Explorer.
#540 of 6400 EngineIssues
Feb 19, 2001 (8:46 am)
Lately, I've been having some problems with my engine, I think. It seems that between 2000 and 3000 rpms, my engine seems very noisy causing vibration and harshness. Anything under 2000 rpms or above 3rpms, everything is ok. Just between 2000 and 3000rpms is where the problem exists. I'm not very technical when it comes to cars and for all I know it may not even be the engine. The dealer thought it was engine mounts and neutralized them as well as the exhaust system but that didn't fix the problem. Just wondering if anyone experienced this problem or have any suggestions I can make to my dealer. Thanks a lot.
Feb 20, 2001 (1:56 pm)
Does this happen when the vehicle is in gear or in neutral?
When was the last time you changed your spark plugs/wires? 02 Sensor?
Feb 20, 2001 (3:59 pm)
The car is in gear when the problem occurs. It's really tough to merge onto expressways. I really have to floor the car to get it over 3000rpms so the noise is minimized. I usually feel the vibration in the seats and on the gas pedal. And my center console vibrates as well. It's not as bad when I'm in 4X4 high. Regarding the spark plugs and wires, I don't know when they've been changed. I bought this truck used with 23k miles on it. Same goes for the 02 sensor. A friend told me it could be the heat shield?? Right now my car is at the service garage. At least my dealer can recognize the problem. This is the 3rd attempt to fix the problem. No solution as of yet.
#543 of 6400 SCOOTY THE SERVICE MANAGER WAS RIGHT
Feb 20, 2001 (8:15 pm)
The service manager explained to me what was causing the rattle,the engineering shortfalls,and the sub-quality of the parts. This service manager was right on this count for the 4.0 SOHC V-6.
#544 of 6400 Should I buy my 98 Explorer Sport?
Feb 21, 2001 (10:21 am)
I am currently leasing a Ford Explorer Sport. I am thinking about buying out the lease (I have already exceeded my mile limit). My car has caused me no problems other than the radio and the seat lever replacement (covered under warranty). I am looking for advice on whether or not to buy the car. Also, I was contemplating whether or not to buy the extended warranty. Does anyone have any advice?