2003 Ford Explorer Sport Consumer Review: It rolled over and died :(

2003 Ford Explorer Sport - Consumer Review

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

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It rolled over and died :(
By yvette on


2003 Ford Explorer Sport 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.

Best Features

It was a cute, sporty little SUV. I never had any major problems with it. Great visibility. Great turning radius.

Worst Features

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.
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