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#700 of 3348 2002.5 Explorer
Mar 04, 2002 (11:57 am)
Visited my Ford Dealer today. New 2002.5 Explorer production begins today at Louisville and 3/11 at St. Louis. Advance Trac $795 including trailer tow and adjustable pedals (according to dealer)
prices up $86-$378-4 door models
3 new colors-
silver birch, true blue, aspen green
Safety canopy system replaces side curtain AB
Low back bucket seats with adj. head restraints standard on XLS AND XLT-$560
Fog lamps standard on XLT (YEH!)
Black leather wrapped steering wheel standard on XLT
Electrochromic mirror standard on XLT
Tire pressure monitoring system (XLT Sport only)
Mar 04, 2002 (12:46 pm)
Thanks for the info, looking forward to seeing the new productions. When you mention the low-back bucket seats as standard but then have a $560 figure next to it, might the $560 be for the Sport Group about which we've been hearing? I've seen that this option will be available but haven't seen any prices associated with it. Cheers.
#702 of 3348 2002 Explorer Xls
Mar 04, 2002 (3:57 pm)
Transmission leaked after just 10,000 miles.
What happened to Ford's slogan "quality is job 1"?
Manifolds all rusted too!
Mar 04, 2002 (8:03 pm)
The low back bucket seats with adj. headrest are standard equip. The $560 is for the Safety Canopy System option. Sorry for the error.
Your Ford dealer has a new Explorer/Escape/Expedition/Excursion brochure that lists all 2002.5 Explorer changes and new options. It has copyright 2002 on back cover and has a blue cover with a picture of sandstone outcroppings (looks like Utah).
#704 of 3348 response to tigerjon1
Mar 04, 2002 (9:56 pm)
In response to your question the first problem I had was the brake rotors which were warped at 1500 miles so they turned them I thought they should replace them with this few miles, but they would not. Then I had the check engine light twice which was a couple bad sensors replaced. Then I stared getting this noise in what sounded like the rear suspension turned out to be bad body mounts in the rear. I had several rattles in the interior which I did not take it in for they were not something I think anything could be done about.I would agree that an explorer will come nowhere close to a Honda in quality.
Mar 05, 2002 (5:17 am)
Thanks again for the info. It looks like a trip down to the dealer is in order. My wife might get her first choice after all. Cheers.
#706 of 3348 tigerjon1
Mar 06, 2002 (6:24 pm)
Hi. Like rb123, my '00 Explorer developed squeaks and rattles after 6 or so months of ownership. The major rattle was a result of an improperly aligned B-pillar and bad body welds. Took the dealer 5 trips to fix it (the 5th trip requiring my truck to stay at the dealer for 17 straight days). That was several thousand miles ago and the truck is now pretty quiet aside from an obnoxious rattle in the dash.
I have test driven numerous new cars, most of which all had squeaks and rattles in the body and/or interior. It just doesn't seem as though automakers are building cars as solid as they should be. The prolific use of cheap plastic in interiors does not help either. Unfortunately, domestic models tend to rattle more than import makes. Although, one Honda Accord I drove had a particularly bad rattle with only 30 miles on the car. Buying a car these days, regardless of who made it, is pretty much a gamble.
#707 of 3348 Squeaks and Bushings
Mar 07, 2002 (1:40 pm)
kheintzelman: any idea which bushings were replaced by Ford. I just started having squeaks with my 02' Mountaineer.Go Bucks! From one Buckeye to another.
#708 of 3348 Latest Explorer Prices
Mar 07, 2002 (2:54 pm)
The Kelly Blue Book website just updated the Explorer prices to reflect the new XLT options.
The Sports Group is $765 invoice and $900 retail and includes Bright Machined Aluminum Wheels, (5) P245/65RX17 OWL All-Terrain Tires, Unique Platinum Wheel Lip Molding, Step Bars & F&R Bumpers.
Mar 07, 2002 (4:02 pm)
Nice work, steelersfan. I've been checking that website daily to see when they would update the prices. Of course the base price went up to adjust for the now standard goodies. With all the competition coming out this fall, it makes for an interesting time to be looking at mid-size SUVs. Cheers.