2003 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: 2 time transmission victim

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Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.6L V8 4x4 5-speed Automatic)

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2 time transmission victim
By wjohnstone74 on


2003 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)


I owned this truck for 4 years. In that time it blew two transmissions, all the wheel bearings, two sets of brakes all around, broke a rear spring, cracked rear hatch plastic, seized steering column, two doors that would not close in cold weather, a door that would not lock, a blown coil probably other things too. One of the worst cars I have ever known, reliability wise. I did really enjoy driving it, engine was a fuel pig but really smooth. 4wd worked ok, it was basically full time, but only with rear wheel slippage. I tried to get help from Ford when the second tranny blew, but nope. So to heck with them, I own all Japanese now (Ridgeline and Lexus) and they are nearly flawless

Best Features

4wd, V8 - while a pig - ran flawless. Interior build quality, two tone leather, etc.

Worst Features

Perhaps reimburse the money I spent on TWO crappy transmissions. I told Ford I would buy an F150 if they did, but they didn't offer any help. I am now the proud owner of a flawless Ridgeline, which incidentally has 238,000km on it. So farewell to North American automobiles.
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