2003 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: retry American
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2003 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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XLS 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 FFV 5-speed Automatic)

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By tomx15 on

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2003 Ford Explorer XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)

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Replaced a '96 Honda Odyssey (a totally reliable auto!). Build quality improving but not on par with Honda. Int layout and seating fabrics vg. Driver's seat is like an ironing board. ('99 Accord's more comfortable). Gas mileage is awful - 16mpg on daily commute of 70mi. 1mpg better on the highway. Rack an pinion steering very good and ride very improved over 2002. Dealer VG. This truck is not as versatile as Odyssey. Noticed that seat belt shoulder strap is wearing on plastic trim and cutting it as well (hope not a safety issue).

Favorite Features

Strong V6 torgue and smooth transmission. Easier entry vs previous model.

Suggested Improvements

Replace both front seats in XLS model with ones that are more comfortable. Offer 2nd row seats that recline (like a Honda CRV). Improve the gas mileage!!!
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