2003 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Do not Buy a Ford Explorer 200

2003 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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Do not Buy a Ford Explorer 2003
By 1auto4auser on


2003 Ford Explorer XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A)


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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