I had a 1996 EB which I absolutely
loved. It had every amenity I needed
and none that I didn't. At 160,000
miles and counting I decided to trade
it for a 2003. Big disappointment.
Granted I went from an EB to an XLT but
the interior looks really cheap. The
tires are loud and the third row seats
are a huge waste of cargo space.
Mileage is a joke at nearly $60/week.
Mostly though there are huge blind
spots that require you to drive well
using only your mirrors. I'm already
looking to trade it in. Last but not
least who thought of moving the gas
tank to the passenger side. Obviously
someone without children. Big safety
Good looking exterior.
Move the gas tank back to the driver's
side. Make seats more comfortable.
Provide option to eliminate third row
I have owned this vehicle for 1 year
This SUV is comfortable to drive and
has a great turning circle which makes
it easy to get in and out of tight
spots. My wife loves the adjustable
pedals and the sound system.
My wife and I tested 4runner,
pathfinder, Envoy and Passport but
liked the Explorer best.
Adjustable Pedals, Stereo System, Roof
Rack, lights under exterior rear view
mirors, lots of storage room in back.
Interior door handles need to be moved
closer to front of door, hard to reach.
Front seat seems really high, head
close to touching roof. Better cup
holders needed for rear passengers.
I bought an XLT 4wd with the V8 and
Sport exterior package, replacing my 97
Explorer. The new one is improved in
every way. I was leaning toward a new
4Runner until I drove the Ford. Glad I
did. The '03 Explorer has a very
smooth ride and accelleration. The
handling feels solid and tight, and the
fit and finish are solid. In my
opinion, the quality is now comparable
to Toyota and Nissan. It feels larger
than my 96 Explorer. I couldn't be
happier with it.
1. The suspension.
2. The aluminum V8. (I highly
3. The interior and console are nicely
laid out with convenient features and a
A more intuitive placement of the
interior door handles and seat
control. MORE DOWNWARD SEAT
ADJUSTABILITY; I am 6'3, and I must
avoid ordering a sunroof in order to
have enough headroom. The problem
would be solved by providing downward
seat adjustability by another inch or
2003 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I absolutely love my new Explorer. I
traded in my Toyota Highlander in for
it. Prior to owning Highlander I owned
a 2002 EB Expedition. I traded for
better gas mileage. The biggest
mistake, The Highlander was so
uncomfortable to drive I had to ditch
it with only 3700 miles on it! The
Explorer has comfort that cannot
compare! I love my FORDS! I will never
buy a foreign again! I have never had
any problem with FORD SUV's or Super
COMFORT, 6 in dash CD player, climate
Would like to see the radio in back
seat so kids could listen to headphones
and there on CD. Expedition had this.
Running boards could be wider.