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JB the Exlporer
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By Jason Basaj
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2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLT Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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The Explorer has been great smooth ride. But yet it's still rugged; the 4x4 is awesome here in Michigan. It has come in handy


Favorite Features

Favorite feature has got to be the 4x4.


Suggested Improvements

Better gas mileage would be nice.


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Overall Good SUV
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By wbjeffers
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2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLT Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I have owned my explorer sport for almost a year now and have put 15,000 miles on it thus far. For a V6 with only 200 horsepower it moves when you punch it. The only complaint I have is that I kinda regret not getting the 4 doors for the added convenience but I am happy with it. It's been reliable and fun to drive. I average 20 mpg with combined city/highway driving. The 6-CD player works great and have had no mechanical problems at all. Ford does make a good SUV.


Favorite Features

Engine and reliability


Suggested Improvements

Better fuel mileage of course


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explorer sport
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By sprcoop
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2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLT 4WD 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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has been a great vehicle which i use generally for pleasure driving so the typical suv gas mileage hasn't been an issue. no problems to date.


Favorite Features

puddle lights on outside mirrors


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Great SUV
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By blacksport
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2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLT Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Replaced my former GM junk. Great pick up and nice lines. Pioneer sound system gives a great sound.


Favorite Features

Power moonroof and power lumber seats


Suggested Improvements

illuminated visor vanity mirrors


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Really miss the 4 doors.
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By blnewt
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2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLT Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Almost from the day we bought it we regretted not putting a bit extra aside for the 4 Door Explorer. Needless to say, we just traded our Sport in for a 2004 Explorer XLS, and are very happy w/ the decision, just so much more vehicle for the money.


Favorite Features

Nice, comfortable front seats, relatively quiet cabin, good acceleration for a V6.


Suggested Improvements

Very choppy ride on rough roads, dated design & mechanics. Extremely small gas tank. Should only be considered if you carry passengers very infrequently.


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Still Going Strong!
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By SportDriver1
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2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLS Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


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Bought my Expo Sport (new) in July of 2003. With only 6500 or so miles on the odomoeter, the truck is still running like a champ. Overall, I find my SUV to be stylish, powerful and comfortable with a few notable, though perhaps obvious drawbacks. Foremost, the truck guzzles fuel! I currently average around 11-14 mpg! Further, my expo rattles and creaks like a piece of farming equipment. Positives? there are many. A smooth and powerful motor, great visibility, comfortable seats and a generally refined drving experience overall (minus the creaks & moans of course).


Favorite Features

Rugged styling, visibility, smooth and well-muted V6


Suggested Improvements

Improved cupholders, fewer rattles, larger gas-tank, better mileage (all of these were improved in 2002)


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By djmg513
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2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLS 4WD 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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good truck, not very practicle if getting into the back seat, but thats why you drive it. Not a big deal if u have to go into the back though...


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Loved the first, hate the second
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By So-So
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2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLT Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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On my second Sport, after enjoying number one, traded for number two. Sorry I did, quality is low, air conditioner has an inherent buzz and the attention to detail is at an all time low. Ford is really tying to save money so dealers are trying to keep warranty claims to a minimum. Squeak, rattles and rolls, it's a Ford.


Favorite Features

The looks


Suggested Improvements

Stop using cheap materials, the seats are looking worn on the edges already.


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Explrorer Sport
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By FordExpSprt2003
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2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLT Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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i also have a ford expedition...but this little explorer can get me where i need to go in the city and do the job right....very handy...and fun to drive on weekends.


Favorite Features

gets anywhere small size...love the sun roof.


Suggested Improvements

better door clamps always get that with two door vehicles...long heavy doors


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2003 Explorer SPort
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By djd58
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2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLT Premium 4WD 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Test Drove Many of the vehicles You reccomended, i dont know what you guys are thinking, Went back to the Best selling SUV on the planet and am well pleased with the Powerful Drivetrain and towing capacity if you Buy a SUV to use as an SUV I reccomend this one, if you use it Like a grocery getter then a Quaint little Honda or toyota might be more suitable for your needs


Favorite Features

The 4.0 l V6 Has Plenty of power fo off road and towing, I use this vehile to go fishing on the beach and Nothing seems to slow it down,


Suggested Improvements

None


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