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


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We love the ride and the handling of
our 2003 Explorer XLT 4WD. It pulls
our boat extremely well, and has great
low-end torque at the ramp. The power
driver seat is very adjustable, and we
like the lumbar support adjustments.
The vehicle feels very steady and
solid. My wife loves it. The turning
radius is hard to believe. If you test
drive one, be sure to do a slow 360
with the wheel to the post, you will be
shocked!


Best Features

Turning radius, power seat, dual lumbar, creature comforts.


Worst Features

Only one...tilt steering lever needs upgrading. It is the old clamp and release style.


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By pjl275
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2003 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

Nice riding SUV, very roomy compared to
others in class. Handles very well and
love the independent rear suspension.
V-8 has good power, with lots of V-8
noise on acceleration. Transmission
tends to bang when slowing to a stop
when going downhill (tries to
upshift). Too many rattles, the doors
and entire cargo area seem to rattle.
Will take to dealer soon, perhaps hatch
is rattling. If it did not rattle so
much, I would recommend. Runs on reg
gas.


Best Features

3rd row seat. Rear suspension and ride. Comfortable ride and roominess.


Worst Features

Ford needs to understand that new cars should not rattle. Otherwise, the design is really nicely executed.


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Great vehicle, but a gas guzzler..
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By Kevin1961
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2003 Ford Explorer XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I love my 2003 Ford Explorer. Its a
very safe vehicle with great power. But
the gas mileage is horrendous. Right
now I am lucky to be getting 15 MPG on
the highway. I travel over a mountain
everyday so that probably takes some of
the fuel, but its also Hawaii...Aloha


Best Features

High road visibility and comfortable seating.


Worst Features

Someone please do something to improve fuel economy...


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Outstanding
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By Howser
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2003 Ford Explorer Limited Rwd 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)


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The 2003 Limited is great...the ride,
increase in size (albeit minimal),
handling, quietness, power and options
(DVD entertainment system, third row
seating, rear AC and the roll over
safety canopy air bags) are outstanding
and comforting to have. I purchased the
new 2003 Limited with the monochromatic
ceramic white tri-coat metalic paint,
which sort of sparkles in direct
sunlight and parchment leather
interior. I love the look...not to
mention the 17" chrome wheels. I have
received a lot of complements from
friends and strangers alike. Ford did a
great job.


Best Features

Heated memory power seats, the in-dash 6 CD changer, rear DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones and of course, the roll over protection of the safety canopy air bags. Oh yeah, the 4.6L V8. It is smooth, powerful and has a 7,000lb. towing capacity.


Worst Features

Ford should offer an SVT version with 20" chrome wheels, sport suspension and tuned exhaust.


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Proud Owner
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By '03 XLT
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2003 Ford Explorer XLT Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


Review

I traded in my '98 Rodeo for this
truck, and I am glad I did. The exporer
has more than enough room. Although I
will rarely use it, I love having the
third row seating. I wish that I would
have gotten the V8. The V6 is fine, but
I would like the V8. The Rodeo had
4wheel drive. My expo doesn't, hope
That I am not going to need it. But
this is my wife's truck and she loves
it.


Best Features

3rd row seating. Tight turning radius. Smooth ride. Stereo sound quality. 5 speed auto. Big suv feel. Lots of room. Looks like an Exedition from 50ft away.


Worst Features

At least 250 horses from the V6,and at least 280 horses from the V8.


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