Looking to buy a used 2002 Ford Explorer and it seems like there are quite a
few available in my area (Central California) that are 4x4 instead of 4x2.
I really won't be using the 4x4 feature but can get a good deal on one. It
looks like it only gets about 1 less mile a gallon compared to a 4x2, so I'm
wondering about a couple of things.
Is there any drawbacks to owning a 4x4 when I don't use it?
Anything else I should be aware of when owning a 4x4?
I would bet the 4X2 would get better than 1 mpg over the 4X4. I drive a 97
Expedition 4X2 with 4.6 Liter engine and my wife drives 2000 Explorer 4X4 and
get about 3-4 more mpg than she does. We have compared in similar driving both
in town and highway and the 4X2 beats her everytime even tho I have a larger
Not necessarily. I have a 95 4X2 Rodeo 3.2L V6 that gets about the same
gas mileage than my brother-in-law's 95 Rodeo 4X4.. same engine. His 4x4
has free-wheeling hubs, doesn't spin the crankcase; therefore does not
increase the drag co-efficient.
As far as 4X4 or 4X2 goes... you may not ever need to use it, but it
sure is nice to have when you do. I wish my Rodeo was a 4x4.
If you live in a city, and do not plan on ever going offroad, or driving
on muddy dirt roads, or snow, then likely you won't ever need a 4x4.
However, you can disconnect the front axles and remove the transfer
case, which will basically make it a 4x2, and give you back some MPG.
in article email@example.com, Tom C. at firstname.lastname@example.org wrote
on 10/28/03 11:49 AM:
In my opinion, when you finally do NEED 4x4, you will really NEED it and
wish you had it. I drive an 89 Bronco II and it has saved me several times
in severe weather. Plus its fun sometimes if you are inclined to play with
the 4x4 a little.
As far as extra maintenance goes...You will have to change the lube in the
transfercase periodically, plus you will have front hubs to check on, and a
front driveshaft, etc...Just a few more lube points and things that require
periodic attention is all. I would say if you are getting a good deal on it,
then jump on it even if it is 4x4. If you don't use it often, make sure to
at least engage the 4x4 periodically to keep things lubed and spinning like
As far as gas mileage, my 89 Bronco II 4x4 is getting about 20-21 MPG. Not
bad for a 14 year old vehicle that weighs about 3900 pounds. I don't know
what the ratings are for a '02 Explorer but I bet its not too bad.
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