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Ford Explorer Sport Trac Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 5200 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes
 

Review of the 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

  • Part truck, part SUV, Ford's Explorer Sport Trac attempts to marry the best of both worlds into one unique crossover vehicle.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    SUV comfort paired to a pickup truck bed, workhorse V6, features galore, new Safety Canopy airbag system.

  • Cons

    Based on 13-year-old previous-generation Explorer platform, can't carry as much as a real pickup, sub-par off-road ability.

  • What's New for 2003

    Ford updates the Sport Trac's interior with new low-back bucket seats, revised door trim and updated colors. When leather upholstery is…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (78 total reviews)

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

Can't be trusted in the

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLT 4WD 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

Over the past two years, my 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac seems to get vapor lock in the summer. But it doesn't happen all the time. When it happens, I'll take it into the dealer, but the service team can't duplicate the problem. What happens (sometimes) is that I'll drive it to the store (maybe 6 miles), turn it off and shop for maybe 10 minutes. When I return to the vehicle and start it, it will sometimes not start, or, if it starts, it won't let me go over 20 mph. I had the fuel pump replaced in March (it's now June) and that seemed to help. But the other day, out of the blue, it happened again! We also had a new fuel filter installed last March as well. Why does this happen?




Perfect urban combo rig

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLS 4WD 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5M)

Bought this rig with 70K easy miles to go in the winter to a project in Northern Canada. It was outfitted with most of the options available including a nice stainless front pushbar/grill. Has meaty offroad tires and handles perfect in the snow with a quiet and comfortable ride. It is limited in the amount you can haul, but it has creature comforts of the $40K crew cabs that are selling now. Ultimately I will use it to haul around a light trailer with a WW1 biplane replica to airshows with my friends and it is perfect. Buy it if you need the crew capacity and limited hauling space. I get in the upper 20's fuel economy on the highway. Around town...ouch! It has been perfect in the snow.




Pushes dirt not just pavement!

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLS 4WD 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5M)

My wife and I bought the low miles ST after we had another child and an ext cab truck wasn't big enough. I was hesitant at first but quickly fell in love with it soon after. I replaced the tires with All Terrain tires which made a big improvement off road. This truck is awesome on and off road, just remember it's a truck and not a corvette so it doesn't ride on rails. We will keep this as long as the engine goes, and then prob swap out with another. Buy it you wont be sorry!



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 19
  • highway
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Full 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac Review

What's New for 2003

Ford updates the Sport Trac's interior with new low-back bucket seats, revised door trim and updated colors. When leather upholstery is ordered, the front seats are six-way power adjustable and can be heated and equipped with power lumbar support. To improve safety, Ford's Safety Canopy side airbag system with rollover sensors is newly available, as are standard rear disc brakes. Lastly, an Adrenaline Edition debuts mid-year with a 485-watt Pioneer sound system and new colors.

Talk About The 2003 Explorer Sport Trac

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frostyman3
frostyman3
02-28-2014
In checking for engine temp issues, I slowing raised engine rpm to about 300 and the engine started missing / cutting out pretty bad, One other posting mentioned this issue on 2003 Sport Trac, but I ?...


firstname
firstname
05-24-2001
Explorer Sport Trac 70.1 inches...


willie19
willie19
02-12-2006
For comparison here are the viscosities for the Esso XD-3 Extra 0w-30 used in the Explorer Sport Trac in cSt at 40C = 71.0 ; and at 100C =12.1;...