2003 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: Happy but with issues

2003 Ford Explorer - Consumer Review

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XLS 4dr SUV (4.0L V6 FFV 5-speed Automatic)

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Happy but with issues
By Bob White on


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


A fine, tight, smooth running vehicle. Unfortunately the rear-end is so weak it was whining at 8000 miles and needing replacement. The transmission started shifting improperly at 25000 miles. I don't believe a vehicle should need a new rear-end and transmission so early. I have a Toyota with 325000 miles and it is running better than my explorer. I love my explorer but very unhappy with the mechanical bills, over $4000 within 175000 miles. Other gripes include new brake pads yearly, electric window that has not worked since new, door ajar light on most of the time, and ABS sensors failing.

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better transmission, brakes, and rear- end.
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