2003 Ford Explorer Consumer Review: New Explorer

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Eddie Bauer 4dr SUV (4.6L V8 5-speed Automatic)

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By akscott on


2003 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer Rwd 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A)


Nice, roomy vehicle that probably rides better than previous
model, but still is much stiffer than a car. Front row seating
is comfortable and second row is OK for trips. 3rd row is
only for kids and maybe short trips by willing adults. Around
town gas mileage with V-8 is pretty sorry; I get 13 mpg with
combined street and freeway rides. Highway mileage seems
to be about 19 mpg. Eddie Bauer model is pretty loaded with
options, but interior appearance is not very "upper class" -
lots of plastic. Radio/CD player has good sound (in Eddie
Bauer upgrade model). No mechanical problems, except
driver's side seat heater quit after 3 weeks (not a big deal in

Best Features

Roomy front seats; Adjustable pedals. V-8 engine is much smoother than the V-6. 5-speed automatic transmission is very smooth. Dual zone A/C works well, with vents in console for second row.

Worst Features

You have to buy 3rd row seats to get overhead A/C vents; Gas mileage is pretty poor in town; I think Ford could do better. Side curtain air bags were not available, even though Ford was adverising them (except by order from factory).
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