Won't go past 100,000 miles
By johcar on
2003 Ford Explorer XLT Sport 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
Nice enough vehicle except access to the back seat in the 2 door model is close to zero since the driver's seat only moves forward/back 2". I'll never have a two door SUV again.
With only 80,000 miles on it, the timing chain(s) are making noise. Apparently it was a recall issue that previous owners never took care of. It is expected to go out at
100K or so.
Repair bill is $3200.00.
Ford should honor this recall even though it's ten years old.
I feel like I got screwed here, and I was
happy with two previous Rangers, -a 98 and 01.
The ride is very rigid. I'm used to it but it's a bit much.
Can't really get to the back seat from the driver side. I have to crawl through the back hatch to lower the back seats.
I do like the simple switch to go into 4x4.
Visibility is limited at the top of the windshield with that temp/compass housing then the bulky mirror below that. Add a GPS and looking for places/addresses or sight seeing makes this the wrong vehicle.
The shorter wheel base is quite noticeable on the freeway making steering quite touchy. I doubt towing a trailer could be safe.