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Great SUV
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By Indy Explorer fan
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2003 Ford Explorer SUV 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 SUV 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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Untitled
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By orpha morales
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2003 Ford Explorer SUV 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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Unitys toy
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By unity
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2003 Ford Explorer SUV XLT Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I owned an F150 prior to my Explorer
purchase. I love the size not too big
and not too small. Perfect!


Best Features

3rd Row Seat, AC/heater in 2nd & 3rd row seat. With kids are hotter or colder than you this eliminates that problem


Worst Features

Handle of some sort for the rear hatch, I don't like fingerprints all over my vehicle


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1st new truck
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By RBraunius1
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2003 Ford Explorer SUV NBX 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

This is my 1st new trcuk so I am not a
great judge of new vehicles. I am very
happy with the size of the vehicle, it
has plenty of storage and with the NBX
rack and net on the top you can just
throw your Christmas tree up there and
head home. I love the upright seating
and view of the road, and the look of
the 17 inch wheels and tires add to my
positive review.


Best Features

Puddle lights for my wife, especially on uneven surfaces, the key pad door access you can't live without (I think only Ford) and that nice red color.The NBX package rack for my toys and the 2" tow package reciever.


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