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#435 of 3348 zman3 & Dan
Oct 03, 2001 (5:28 pm)
Yes, apparently that was the case. They haven't even started, it seems. It looks like the modifications are scheduled for later this year. It is odd that they didn't design it from the start since this Explorer is an all-new design and usually (major) structural modifications completed after the vehicle platform has already been established are pricey.
Here is the information that the IIHS published in their latest release:
"The Institute didn't test the new 2002 Ford Explorer along with this group of vehicles because structural modifications intended to improve its offset crash test performance are scheduled for later this year. The modified Explorer design will be tested when it becomes available."
I hope this helps!
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#436 of 3348 re: mountaineer rear hatch
Oct 03, 2001 (6:50 pm)
I've had my new mountaineer for 2 1/2 weeks. My rear hatch is fine. It rained for 5 days straight the first week I had the vehicle. I didn't have any problems with water drainage on the front or rear doors. I believe it could be that particular vehicle. I've been very pleased with my mountaineer so far.
Oct 09, 2001 (2:41 pm)
I just bought a 2002 explorer, 4wd, 3rd seat,tow,v-8,rear air,running boards,6 cd changer.
This is one nice SUV went over the Colorado rockies from Denver to Grand Junction & back what power for the mountains! Ride fit and finish excellent! We even went for a little bit of 4 wheeling in western Colorado.
I hope the crash tests are not as bad as it would seem this early in the game!
#438 of 3348 2002 Ford Explorer V8 Limited
Oct 10, 2001 (7:32 am)
I am looking for a cat-back dual exhaust system for my explorer.
Does anyone know a good after market company for this
Oct 10, 2001 (1:16 pm)
I've never seen a dual set up. Borla makes a single high flow version though. If I remember correctly the whole shebang is around $1200, although you can also buy just pieces of the system. You should look at systems that are by reputable sources and not try to cobble bits and pieces together because you want the dual look. It doesn't serve a purpose in some cases to just open up the exhaust because it isn't the bottleneck in the system. Sometimes it's inlet flow. In other cases reducing the back pressure can have a detrimental effect on performance.
#440 of 3348 2002 Cat-Back systems
Oct 15, 2001 (3:30 am)
I have been checking and have not found any available for the '02 yet. Borla says check back with them in a few months.
Please post the info if you find any.
Oct 16, 2001 (12:13 pm)
I looked at a 02 Mountaineer and also had water fall on the groung when I opened the driver side front and rear door. Sales rep was there and didn't have an explanation.????
#442 of 3348 My Mountaineer Stinks!!!
Oct 16, 2001 (6:03 pm)
OK, now that I've gotten your attention - I have a 2002 Mountaineer that emits a foul odor after driving, especially after hard acceleration. It only has about 500 miles on it. My question is, is this some coating or rustproofing burning off or is this my tranny or rear end barbecueing itself? Thanks!
#443 of 3348 Breaking in my new 2002 Ford Explorer Limited
Oct 17, 2001 (9:59 am)
I just purchased the 2002 Explorer Limited-V8. I've had always heard that any new vehicle should be broken in during the first 1000 miles by going easy on the speedometer and not exceeding a certain speed. However, the owner's manual does not really give any guidelines. It just states to travel at varying speeds for the first 1000 miles. Any sugguestions?
Oct 17, 2001 (12:54 pm)
1. Dont bend the speedo needle on the high end. In other words, dont make a habit of 85+ mph.
2. Dont jack rabbit off a green light.. or burn rubber starting or stopping.
3. short trips ( less than 10 miles) should not be the majority of your driving. Take it on the highway!
4. If you really want to help the engine, change the oil and filter first time at 1,000 - 1,500 miles to get the filings out of the system. I know the manual says 7,500, and the dealer probably says 3,000 or 5,000, but remember they make more money if you have to buy a new one in a few years. An oil change is $20. Do it.
5. Use regular (87 octane) fuel only. The higher octane stuff is a waste of money and can cause a buildup of deposits on the cylinders and plugs... no, really, its true.
6. Use the A/C and heater a few times to make sure it is working and see how they affect the drivability and accelleration.
7. Crank the stereo up to make sure the speakers work at the high end...