2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac XLS Rwd 4dr Crew Cab (4.0L 6cyl 5M)
I've had my Sport Trac for over two years now, and it's been a very versatile truck for our family. We were originally planning on purchasing a Ranger, but the Sport Trac won us over with the larger cab - even with the shorter bed. We drive it about 15,000 miles a year as our only vehicle, and have had no problems with it - our 30,000 mile check came back in shipshape condition. Unfortunately, an idiot turned in front of us and caused a wreck in our truck - however she ended up causing more damage to her car. The ST basically has nothing more than fender and grill damage, and the only injury was a hand fracture - and the airbags did not deploy.
Plenty of room in the cab; not a very luxurious cab but I don't cringe getting it dirty with the rubber floor. Front handlebars very convenient. Rear power window is great for air circulation. The composite bed keeps the bed free of scratches.
The V-6 engine is adequate but seems to want some more power. MPG is very poor ($40+ to fill the tank in July 2005!). The handling is the biggest drawback - there are aftermarket sway bars that apparently fix much of the body roll, but it should have been standard from the factory.
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