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2003 Ford Explorer

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Drive/transmission issues
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By Greg
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Vehicle

2003 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Just returned from a trip and the O/D light started flashing. All recommendations from Ford service and independents state that a transmission change is required. Very expensive since happened at 106,000 miles. This is on top of just replacing the rear differential bearings,and wheel bearings that Ford service said were bad. All this after the extended warranty was up. The rear differential fix was done 18 months prior the first time while under warranty. Far too many problems with this drive train.


Best Features

Interior and exterior appearance is very good. Has been comfortable to ride.


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Best SUV
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By Lucky STL
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2003 Ford Explorer XLT AWD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Haven't had it long, but was able to review repair history. Basic maintenance only. Rear plastic cracked, but happens to everyone. Extremely solid ride, just as comfortable. Love the car, although too soon to report any big problems I don't know about yet. Would suggest the car to anyone looking into one as of now. Opening up the sunroof and windows makes for a pleasant ride on a cool day. Paint looks great for it's age, and the interior is totally clean. A best buy!


Best Features

Sunroof, CD Player & AM/FM (sounds AWESOME!), Keyless Entry, Alarm, Auto-Lock, Auto-Unlock, Auto-Headlights, keypad entry system, GREAT AC, Digital Compass, Fair MPG for the size


Worst Features

The gas mileage is less than perfect. However, anyone interested in purchasing a vehicle of this size, or has ever owned one, would know this is the way it is. We're not driving a Prius for a reason!! I average 18mpg on mine, but I am gentle on the gas pedal.


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Long Lasting
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By Matt
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Vehicle

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


Review

Our explorer has lasted about 100,000 miles with only minor things break. One of the hydraulic lifts for the glass lift gate falls out of it's hole and a wood insert on the door fell out. Everything else is still very good.


Best Features

DVD player and leather seats


Worst Features

Needs to get better fuel economy.


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Transmission Problems
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By Dee
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2003 Ford Explorer XLT Sport 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

This vehicle within a 2 years of owning this SUV I have replaced transmission twice. Buyer beware.


Best Features

Interior


Worst Features

Do not buy.


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Mixed
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By Bill
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2003 Ford Explorer XLT AWD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Before 36K ran out Ford fixed trans three times and put in a new one, finally. Replaced total rear end after Differential gears went NG twice. Ford than replaced bearings in their new rear end. Brakes are typical Ford truck and don't last. I have had Fords for 40 years. Mileage is terrible, 15 mpg. Electric sensors are typical made in China junk and have failures galore. This is my last Ford. Too bad, Ford just buys crappy parts from the lowest bidder and the consumer pays the price. I hear their new small cars are decent. Stick with Toyota or if you like Ford explorer stick with the V8 Eddie Bauer It is a better all around quality version of the other explorers but you pay or that.


Best Features

Ride, interior design, good engines.


Worst Features

Buy better parts and stop sticking the consumer with lousy components from China etc. The small V8 should be in all Explorers, Better mileage etc. Improve the brakes after 30 years of bad design and quality.


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