2003 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Same old Ford product
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2003 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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

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Same old Ford product
By pjg69ny on

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

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I owned a 1996 explorer and it was a gas guzzling rattlebox with inferior quality built into almost every aspect of its existence. I figured the newer models would fair better so I bought a 2003 xlt used with 40k. I now have 52k on it and it rattles just like the 1996 with no visible inprovement, the interior materials are inferior and show wear prematurely. The seats are not very compfortable. This truck sucks down gas if I drive very slow and 55 mph I get 15 mpg, if I drive normally its about 11 or 12. The 2003 seems more reliable mechanically but I am afraid as I surpass 52k. Overall I would not feel good about buying another for product. It also has a very poor resale value.

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4wd on dash

Suggested Improvements

Ford needs to make the interiors with better quality materials and somehow stop these trucks from rattling.
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