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By SUV girl
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2003 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

The Ford Eddie Bauer could be a better
SUV, Its a boxy truck and just doesnt
seem very luxurious, like you would
hope for the money and eddie bauer
name, light interior is really bad if
you have kids, leather seats and light
carpeting end up dirty quick, The
dealership I worked with and Ford
company are great, they both send me
little perks and gift certificates to
the eddie Bauer stores, but as for the
truck I am really not impressed. There
is some rear sliding in winter. I also
have had problems with the memory seats
forgetting the memory, and it feels and
sounds like it wants to take off when
you braking at a red light on on a
decline of a hill.


Best Features

Favorites are the radio and 6 disk CD changer are fun to play with. The glass lifting on the hatch is a great feature fr groceries etc.


Worst Features

Just really not an impressive car, could run and have better more luxurious features, I would like to feel like I wasnt driving a boxy plastic interior SUV for the money. The light interior with kids is a BAD combination!


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2003 Ford Explorer Report
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By terry730a
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2003 Ford Explorer XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Purchased 2003 Ford Explorer XLS new at
Courtesy Ford...Got a great deal
including $3000 rebate..Driveability,
reliability, and ergonomically, it is
first rate. It has good acceleration
and gas mileage; averaging about 18-19
MPG with 89 Octance..Even tho 87 is
recommended.It is a fun car and a hoot
to drive..Great value in the field of
SUV's--bar none...


Best Features

Absence of noise,vibration or harshness. Great driveability: stable and roadworthy in every respect. Greater value or mechanical value cannot be found in this crowded field.


Worst Features

Would like dual exhaust pipes--good for mileage, horsepower, and visual impact.. Real cool.


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Great SUV
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By Indy Explorer fan
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2003 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

This is my wife's first SUV and she
loves it. We looked at many others,
but for the price, we couldn't beat
the Explorer. The Automatic 4WD works
seamlessly on ice, and the leather
seats are great for long drives. We
went without the 3rd row seat, and
boy, are we glad we did. Without
kids, we would much rather have the
storage space. Our only complaint so
far is the fuel door location.
Drivers side would be nice. Also a
handle for closing the tailgate would
come in handy...especially for shorter
people.


Best Features

Auto 4WD, storage space, Moonroof, towing capacity, legroom, sturdy build, compass, outside thermometer, entry lights, automatic headlamps, top of tailgate with low opening


Worst Features

door handle location, fuel tank location, road noise


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Perfect Size
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By Cardinal
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2003 Ford Explorer XLT AWD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

We bought the Explorer for its 4WD
capabilities, but we were surprised how
nice it is to drive around town.

It is great for driving in town and
short errands. We've taken it on the
highway a few times, and like it on the
highway.

It is great in the snow.


Best Features

I like the low "lift" to get things through the rear window.


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By orpha morales
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2003 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I like the fact that seven people can
fit comfortably. I like the overall
exterior design. I love the built-in
tether strap restaints. The interior
could use some work. Easier steering
wheel tilting to make getting in and
out easier would be nice. Third row
could use a little more foot room. The
seats are all very deep. I am 5'3" and
I find it very difficult to make myself
comfortable in the driver's seat. My
back hurts whenever I travel long
distances. And what happened to storage
area!? I can just fit in my
groceries.


Best Features

The sporty exterior design is very nice. I also like the anti-theft system and the automatic lights. The roomy 2nd row seat is a big plus. I especially like the the safety restraints for my children. I feel they are very safe in this vehicle.


Worst Features

The third row area could use some more leg room. More storage area would also be very convinient. The tilt steering column does not adjust enough to allow easy exit and entry.


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