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2003 Ford Explorer Sport SUV

 
 

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Ford Explorer Sport Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.0 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 203 hp @ 5250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No
 

Review of the 2003 Ford Explorer Sport

  • Way past its expiration date. There's no logical reason to buy this truck.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Strong V6 engine, sporty two-door body style.

  • Cons

    Not as versatile as most SUVs, hobby-horse ride quality, aged platform.

  • What's New for 2003

    Very few changes are in store for this two-door SUV. Trim levels equipped with the Comfort Group now includes power lumbar support. This,…

 
What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (8 total reviews)


Low maintenance & reliable vehicle

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLS Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)

02/2011 i took my 2003 ford explorer xls sport in on trade, for a street bike i had on craigslist. its my daily driver. i driven it all around florida, with friends. it's very comfortable driving. i have a 5 speed manual & would have to admit it is fun to drive too. the 4.0L v6 has great power. especially, going through the 3:73 rear end in my truck. maintenance has been very minimal. i am mechanically incline. so, i service my own vehicles. i inspect it daily & services as needed. when i first got the truck i had several minor things to repair. due to previous owners neglect. one common problem with these vehicles is the coolant thermostat housing unit a dealer item $80. i would recommend!




I kept this car

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLS Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)

This is the first automobile that I have kept for more than 3 or 4 years. It is very reliable. I get regular oil changes and scheduled maintainence and I have not had any problems with this vehicle. It does suck the gas a little, but since I don't have any mechanical problems, nor car payments, it doesn't seem reasonable to me to trade it in.




Love this thing!

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Vehicle: 2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLS Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)

I got the 5 speed model. Love it! So much fun to drive. Bit bumpy tho in town. Wish it had a bigger tank. gettin right at 15MPH. Good stereo and speakers, ice cold AC too! Power windows, locks, etc. Its black and I decked it out with a lot of crome options, step bars, mirrows, outside door handles, fuel door cover, etc. Looks great! Get lots of compliments on it all the time. Added the windows awnings, bug sheild too. Its quite a looker! I wouldn't have liked it near as much with the auto tranny tho, I'm sure! Love the 5 speed!



 
 
 
Gas Mileage

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  • 15
  • cty
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  • 20
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Full 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Review

What's New for 2003

Very few changes are in store for this two-door SUV. Trim levels equipped with the Comfort Group now includes power lumbar support. This, along with heated seats, will also be included if you opt for the leather trim. Two coat hooks and a power point make an appearance in the cargo area, and Red Fire Clearcoat Metallic replaces Toreador Red Clearcoat Metallic.

Talk About The 2003 Explorer Sport

2003 Ford Explorer Sport Discussions See all Started By

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 ?...


That's what I did with her 2001 Explorer Sport and 2003 Explorer 4dr XLT. Provides a Ford dealer record that the first oil change was on time with proper oil and filter....


firstname
firstname
05-24-2001
Explorer Sport 68.2 inches...