Independent rear suspension, comfortable seating for up to seven, strong powertrains, foolproof Control Trac 4WD, available rollover protection system, optional stability control system, DVD-based entertainment system.
Is the 2003 Ford Explorer SUV a good vehicle? Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2003 Ford Explorer SUV and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2003 Explorer SUV featuring deep dives into trim levels including Eddie Bauer, XLS, Limited, NBX, XLT, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
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2003 ford explorer SUV Gas Mileage
2003 ford explorer XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), 5-speed automatic, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85) 16 combined MPG 14 city MPG/19 highway MPG
2003 ford explorer XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), 5-speed automatic, flex-fuel (unleaded/e85) 16 combined MPG 14 city MPG/19 highway MPG
2003 ford explorer XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A), 5-speed automatic, regular unleaded 15 combined MPG 13 city MPG/18 highway MPG
used 2003 Ford Explorer SUV Overview
The used 2003 Ford Explorer SUV is offered in the following styles: XLS 4WD 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), XLS Rwd 4dr SUV (4.0L 6cyl 5A), and XLT 4WD 4dr SUV (4.6L 8cyl 5A). Pre-owned Explorer SUV models are available with a 0-liter flex-fuel (FFV) engine or a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The used 2003 Explorer SUV comes with four wheel drive or rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed automatic.
What's a good price on a used 2003 Ford Explorer SUV?
Save up to $0 on one of 17 used 2003 Ford Explorers for sale at dealerships within 25 miles of Ashburn, Virginia with prices as low as $2545 as of Mar 24, 2018, based on data from 15 dealers and 21 consumer-driven dealer ratings ranging from 3 to 5 out of 5 stars.
Price comparisons for used 2003 Ford Explorer trim styles:
The used 2003 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer is priced around $2545 with average odometer reading of 193652 miles.
The used 2003 Ford Explorer XLS is priced around $5578 with average odometer reading of 174014 miles.
The used 2003 Ford Explorer Limited is priced around $4598 with average odometer reading of 116912 miles.
The used 2003 Ford Explorer XLT is priced around $5304 with average odometer reading of 136084 miles.
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What do people think of the 2003 Ford Explorer SUV? Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2003 Ford Explorer SUV and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2003 Explorer SUV a 4.2 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2003 Explorer SUV.
Review This has been a very reliable vehicle for my family. It is my daily runner back-and-forth to work (22 miles each way), as well as our long distance driver (frequent trips out-of-state). With almost 200K miles, I thought maybe I'd start having problems, but so far I've had to put very little into it. I bought it at 100K miles and since then have had issues with electronic things like the security alarm would go off when the doors were locked and after trips to local dealerships with no answers, out local repair guy disconnected two sensors in the doors. The lights don't come on now when you open those doors, but it also fixed the issue with the alarm going off for no reason. Other fixes have included a new starter just a few miles ago, but mostly I've only ever had wear and tear things need replaced like brakes and rotors. I have a third row seat that isn't used often, but when we do haul other family and friends with us, I love that extra seating. The storage is fantastic and the front seats have plenty of leg room. The back seat isn't as roomy as my daughter would prefer, but she travels well back there. I average 16-18 miles per gallon between high way and city driving. I am struggling with how long to keep this great vehicle. I paid $7500 for it in 2009 and the KBB value is currently $3600. It has very little rust (although a problem of this year Explorer is the back hatch cracking under the glass). It did have one crack when I bought it and now it has two. I really do love this trust worthy vehicle!
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Available Ford Explorer 2003 SUV Trims: Sport, Base, Platinum, XLS, XLT, XLT Sport, Eddie Bauer, Expedition, Limited, NBX, XL, XLS Sport
Exterior Colors: Shadow Black, Magnetic Metallic, Ingot Silver Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Tuxedo Black Metallic, White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat, Blue Metallic, White Platinum Metallic Tri-coat, Oxford White, Platinum Dune Metallic Tri-Coat, Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Blue Jeans Metallic, Sterling Gray Metallic, Caribou Metallic, Deep Impact Blue Metallic, Cinnamon Glaze Metallic, Dark Side Metallic, Bronze Fire Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Red Fire Clearcoat Metallic, Smoked Quartz Tinted Clearcoat Metallic, Black, Guard Metallic, Dark Blue Pearl Clearcoat Metallic, Sterling Grey Metallic, White Suede, Red Candy Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, White Gold Metallic, Canyon Ridge Metallic, Kodiak Brown Metallic, Oxford White Clearcoat (Fleet), White Suede Clearcoat, Kona Blue Metallic, Bordeaux Reserve Red Metallic, Brilliant Silver Clearcoat Metallic, Green Gem Metallic, Pueblo Gold Clearcoat Metallic, Dark Cherry Clearcoat Metallic, Tropic Green Clearcoat Metallic, White Sand Tri-Coat, Ceramic White Tri-Coat Clearcoat Metallic, Dark Blue Pearl Metallic, Dark Copper Clearcoat Metallic, Dark Stone Clearcoat Metallic, Golden Bronze Metallic, Mineral Gray Clearcoat Metallic, Mineral Grey Clearcoat Metallic, Silver Birch Clearcoat Metallic, Torch Red, True Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Aspen Green Clearcoat Metallic, Black Clearcoat, Black Pearl Slate Metallic, Bright Red Clearcoat, Cinnamon Metallic, Colorado Red Clearcoat, Gold Leaf Metallic, Harvest Gold Clearcoat Metallic, Ivory Parchment Tri-Coat Clearcoat Metallic, Medium Wedgewood Blue Clearcoat Metallic, Orange Frost Clearcoat Metallic, Oxford White Clearcoat, Sangria Red Clearcoat Metallic, Sunset Metallic, Toreador Red Clearcoat Metallic
Interior Colors: Ebony Black leather, Charcoal Black leather, Ebony Black w/Red Accent Stitching leather, Medium Stone leather, Medium Light Stone leather, Ebony Black premium leather, Medium Stone cloth, Medium Soft Ceramic premium leather, Medium Light Stone cloth, Medium Light Camel cloth, Medium Light Camel leather, Charcoal Black premium leather, Charcoal Black premium cloth, Ebony Black premium cloth, Medium Light Stone premium cloth, Camel leather, Medium Light Camel premium cloth, Charcoal Black w/Sienna Insert leather, Medium Light Stone premium leather, Black leather, Pecan premium leather, Midnight Grey, Black/Camel (Late Availability) leather, Dark Earth w/Ebony Black leather/sueded microfiber, Medium Parchment, Stone leather, Black cloth, Camel cloth, Camel leather/suede, Graphite, Medium Graphite, Medium Prairie Tan
Popular Features: Tire Pressure Warning, Stability Control, 5000lb Towing Capacity, Aux Audio Inputs, Trip Computer, Post-collision safety system, Third-row seating, Bluetooth, USB Inputs, Parking sensors, Back-up camera, Keyless Entry/Start, Upgraded Headlights, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Mobile Internet, Navigation, Remote Start, Cooled Seats, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Apple Carplay/Android Auto, Sunroof/Moonroof, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Pre-collision safety system, Upgraded Engine, 2nd Row Bucket Seats, 6000lb Towing Capacity, Upgraded Stereo, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Rear Bench Seats, Towing Hitch, AWD/4WD, Alarm, Power Driver Seat, Rear Entertainment System, Auto Climate Control, Heated seats, Leather Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control