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Do not Buy a Ford Explorer 2003
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By 1auto4auser
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2003 Ford Explorer XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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Previously owned ford explorer earlier year.
Did not have any signifcant issues for the most part.

This model major transmission problems.
Not built to last more than 100,000 mi.
heard clicking noise dealer could not find problem.

paint on roof and hood is chipping off.
Poor paint job

Dealer rebuilt front bearings at 30,000mi

Transmission now has to be replaced.
Transmission, bearings and transfer case poor quality.
Ford should recall this vehicle

I wish I had read the reviews on this vehicle


Best Features

Engine is relatively reliable starts


Worst Features

Transmission should last longer Bearing going under normal driving conditions. Not even off roading Paint qality on front of hood and roof


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Most Reliable vehicle I've ever had!!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By jimmyz26
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2003 Ford Explorer XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I've owned a Nissan, Mitsibushi, and a Pontiac, and have to say Ford is best vehicle I've had yet!
I've had far less issues with my Ford Explorer and love driving it.
I bought it in 2006 and put 37K miles on it.
It currently has about 75K miles and only had routine maintenance on it.
My only complaint is the crappy gas mileage 15mpg.

The rear panel recently cracked, but you can avoid this.
I had sprayed winshield washer fluid on it during a very cold Colorado winter day.
The repair is outrageous, close to $700.

The handling is excellent and the ride roomy and comfortable.
Well built inside and out. Engine has plenty of power and 4WD is nice. I plan on keeping my Ford for a while.


Best Features

Lots of room. Comfortable ride. Great handling. Engine runs smoothly and has plenty of power. Running boards and fog lights are nice to have. 4WD is great in snowy conditions.


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2 time transmission victim
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By wjohnstone74
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2003 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)


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I owned this truck for 4 years.
In that time it blew two transmissions, all the wheel bearings, two sets of brakes all around, broke a rear spring, cracked rear hatch plastic, seized steering column, two doors that would not close in cold weather, a door that would not lock, a blown
coil probably other things too.
One of the worst cars I have ever known, reliability wise.


I did really enjoy driving it, engine was a fuel pig but really smooth.
4wd worked ok, it was basically full time, but only with rear wheel slippage.
I tried to get help from Ford when the second tranny blew, but nope.
So to heck with them, I own all Japanese now (Ridgeline and Lexus) and they are nearly flawless


Best Features

4wd, V8 - while a pig - ran flawless. Interior build quality, two tone leather, etc.


Worst Features

Perhaps reimburse the money I spent on TWO crappy transmissions. I told Ford I would buy an F150 if they did, but they didn't offer any help. I am now the proud owner of a flawless Ridgeline, which incidentally has 238,000km on it. So farewell to North American automobiles.


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do not buy this vehicle
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By hondacbr954rr
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2003 Ford Explorer XLT AWD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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safe vehicle but not reliable,have electricle gremlens that come and go,the rear end goes,(clucth pack),replaced twice still no good.not cheap.have only 60000k on it.


Best Features

none


Worst Features

must improve on quality. using cheap parts dont help.


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PLEASE DON'T DO IT
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By kararnmi
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2003 Ford Explorer XLT Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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I just took my Ford to the dealership, it has only cost me about $2500 in problems up until now, the quote for repairs of things like rear differential, transfer case, ect $6238!! They must be out of their minds. So for $38000 new the truck lasted to 135,000 miles. Disgusting. I will NEVER buy a Ford again. I went back to Chevy and maybe just buy a Honda or Toyota next time. My friend just turned in her Camry with 400,000 miles on it and STILL running. Have you ever heard anyone say that will a Ford or Chevy without replacing the motor or trans? No.


Best Features

roomy in the front


Worst Features

drive it into the river and report it stolen while you have full coverage


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