2003 Ford Explorer Sport Consumer Review: Bad first impression

2003 Ford Explorer Sport - Consumer Review

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XLS 2dr SUV (4.0L V6 5-speed Manual)

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Bad first impression
By waynercanada on


2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLS Rwd 2dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5M)


This is the first and last Ford SUV I
will own. The poor quality of the
vehicle was magnified by the
uncooperative and unhelpful dealership.
The vehicle handles poorly in moderate
winter conditions and fuel economy has
decreased significantly over the last
year. The vehicle was never driven off
road and is well maintained;however
that did not help prevent having to
replace both front ball joints, rear
wiper,and rear bumper (due to rust) to
name a few problems. I have owned this
vehicle slightly over a year and now
want to rid of it.

Best Features

The driver sits higher compared to other smaller SUVS and it allows for greater eye lead when driving.

Worst Features

Ford should pay a little more attention to quality rather than quantity. There were a number of poorly finished interior trim complaints. More importantly, invest more time and money into dealerships and provdide advice for proper customer service/satisfaction.
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