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.
We love the ride and the handling of
our 2003 Explorer XLT 4WD. It pulls
our boat extremely well, and has great
low-end torque at the ramp. The power
driver seat is very adjustable, and we
like the lumbar support adjustments.
The vehicle feels very steady and
solid. My wife loves it. The turning
radius is hard to believe. If you test
drive one, be sure to do a slow 360
with the wheel to the post, you will be
Turning radius, power seat, dual
lumbar, creature comforts.
Only one...tilt steering lever needs
upgrading. It is the old clamp and
Nice riding SUV, very roomy compared to
others in class. Handles very well and
love the independent rear suspension.
V-8 has good power, with lots of V-8
noise on acceleration. Transmission
tends to bang when slowing to a stop
when going downhill (tries to
upshift). Too many rattles, the doors
and entire cargo area seem to rattle.
Will take to dealer soon, perhaps hatch
is rattling. If it did not rattle so
much, I would recommend. Runs on reg
3rd row seat. Rear suspension and
ride. Comfortable ride and roominess.
Ford needs to understand that new cars
should not rattle. Otherwise, the
design is really nicely executed.