New aluminum knuckles and a wider track with longer control arms permit a tighter turning circle 36. More often if you tow or drive in severe conditions. In particular, Ford failed to put the Explorer on a diet; quite the contrary. And although the Explorer is not optimized as all Jeeps are for rock hopping across the Rubicon Trail, the approach and departure angles are improved from 28 and 19 degrees to 31 and 24. I have the opportunity to buy a 2002 Eddie Bauer with 42000 miles.
The transformation in ride refinement and handling wrought by these upgrades is nothing short of astonishing. One of the advantages with getting a low mileage vehicle is you can hedge your bets on repairs by doing a good maintenance routine. The two trucks are much better differentiated now, and the Mercury is tuned a bit more toward on-road comfort and handling than the Ford. So far we are very pleased with our vehicle. This provides better control on slippery surfaces or in deep sand and snow.
That's well off the 9. Our on-road stopping distance of 201 feet from 70 mph was about the same as in our last five-door Explorer. The doors are taller, the step-in height is lower, and the seats are properly contoured and made of higher-density, more supportive foam. It steers and tracks better. That extra weight stymied our loaded Eddie Bauer four-wheel-drive model in the stoplight grand prix. That is, building the thing atop a minivan platform. Sixty mph saunters by in a leisurely 10.
Like any vehicle they have their strengths and weaknesses but usually if you take care of them and do reg maintenance they will treat u well in return. The premium has been determined based on annual premium data for defined coverages liability, comprehensive and collision from a major insurer. The total system weighs a bit more than did the old live axle on leaf springs, but unsprung weight drops from 400 to 95 pounds. Needless to say we re-upped the warranty that her dad had on it through Vehicle One. I have a 2002 eddie bauer , no issues with the tranny. The new Explorer is simply bigger. Factors that will affect your rate include your age, marital status, credit history, driving record, and the garaging address of your vehicle.
And during an 18-mile ride through a desert dry wash, the '02 model felt sure-footed and composed, although rough stretches got the seats moving around audibly and excited the doors in their frames a bit, signaling that this is still a body-on-frame vehicle. This vehicle would be much better if that new independent rear suspension supported a unit body of 300 or 400 fewer pounds. It also folds flat into the floor. That's about a half-second quicker than our last pushrod V-8 Explorer. We have an '04 4x4 with around 73K miles that my wife drives.
We'll try to do it in words. And the increased mass is instantly discernible on a stretch of back road. This reduces axle hop for improved acceleration and braking traction. It even carries a Low-Emission Vehicle sticker, which I applaud. Get the transmission fluid flushed and a fresh filter on it and it will most likely remain reliable for years. The Explorer team had a chance to do something really noteworthy here, but instead, they played it safe. If it drives like a good minivan, then it's closer to driving like a sedan, which ought really to be the goal.
Dealer not responsible for errors and omissions; all offers subject to change without notice, please confirm listings with dealer. Up front, a switch from torsion bar springs to coil-over shocks allows for greater flexibility in ride tuning. Am I pretty much guaanteed that I will eventually need to get a new transmission if I buy this? Not sure if I want an unreliable vehicle. I recently obtained an 02 limited 4. If the architects of quantum theory physics -- Planck, Einstein, Bohr, de Broglie, Schrodinger, Pauli, and Heisenberg -- were alive today, this septet of centenarians could all carpool down to the home for pensioner physicists in comfort in one 2002 Ford Explorer. Computer modeling was employed to design the frame and its many boxed and hydroformed crossmembers with the ultimate goal of minimizing the relative motion of key points where the body and suspension pieces bolt up.
Similar computing power was used to develop the body to make it as rigid as the frame to prevent vibration modes that can arise from dramatic differences in body and frame rigidity. But regardless of the badging, it doesn't take a physics degree to appreciate the vast improvement that Ford has wrought here. Compared with the current models, the new Explorer and its Mercury Mountaineer sibling are 3. Not all customers will qualify for all rebates on every car, please inquire to check a specific case for you. In case you're wondering why the separate frame was retained, Ford answers that this arrangement is more robust for towing maximum capacity is up from 5800 to 7300 pounds , and it's better at bearing the suspension loads generated by the company's rigorous off-road truck duty cycle.
I would buy it in a minute if it checked out mechanically and cosmetically. Pulling our heads out from under the dirty parts for a moment, we find the new Explorer to be a much more user-friendly vehicle. My 04 has about 70k on it now and it's been fine. This can probably best be explained by the 200-pound weight penalty borne by the new truck despite the aluminum suspension bits, fenders, and hood; the magnesium cross-car beam and transfer-case housing; and myriad other weight-loss measures. The volume consumed by the various parts rarely comes up, but in this new Explorer, space efficiency is the paramount benefit provided by the new independent rear suspension.
A stability-control system will also arrive later in the model year as Ford attempts a quantum leap past the whole Firestone debacle. Usually the problems start around 60-70k, and they get worse and worse until the transmission requires a rebuild. I don't think I've read about a lot of sudden, catastrphic failures that leave people stranded with no warning. Interior sealing has been improved to prevent dust intrusion. Ground clearance is also up, from 8. Torsion bars prevented the lower control arms from absorbing any longitudinal impact harshness, and they were harder to tune for ride-height management under heavy loads.