2003 Ford Explorer Sport SUV XLS Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)
Bought this Explorer in 03. It averaged about 20 MPG (which, I think, is more than advertised). It was a little rattly - random noises that I didn't know where they were coming from. It drove well. I think the clutch was maybe starting to go out? It sometimes didn't want me to shift into 1st. But this last weekend it rolled - quite easily I might add. Though it is totaled, all passengers (including my puppy) are ok. So I guess that's a positive point about the car - it didn't kill us. The seatbelts held strong, and the frame didn't crush in too badly around us.
It was a cute, sporty little SUV. I never had any major problems with it. Great visibility. Great turning radius.
Drivers seat was uncomfortable on long trips (lower back). Much too easy to roll. I guess it needs a wider wheel base, lower center of gravity - something.
2003 Ford Explorer Sport SUV XLT Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)
I have owned my explorer sport for
almost a year now and have put 15,000
miles on it thus far. For a V6 with
only 200 horsepower it moves when you
punch it. The only complaint I have is
that I kinda regret not getting the 4
doors for the added convenience but I
am happy with it. It's been reliable
and fun to drive. I average 20 mpg
with combined city/highway driving.
The 6-CD player works great and have
had no mechanical problems at all.
Ford does make a good SUV.