by smartsnacker on Jun 10, 2012 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?
by ssnydes1 on Aug 31, 2011 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.
by foobld on Mar 31, 2010 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!
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.
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