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Pros: 3rd row fold down to the floor
Advice: SEE MY TEST DRIVE REVIEW BEFORE YOU BUYI have owned my 2003 Eddie Bauer Expedition for 2 months. My initial reaction was surprise at the quality comfort and handling. Nevertheless, upon driving along the interstate I noticed a rattling noise behind the dashboard. When I brought the vehicle in for service, a first look behind the dashboard couldn't isolate the problem. On a second visit, the windshield was pulled and resealed which resolved the dashboard noise but resulted in a far worse rattling above the sunvisors. The windshield was reseated AGAIN on a third visit to the service center, with no improvement. My complaints to the dealership where I purchased the vehicle now result in shoulder shrugs, and a request to trade out the vehicle was met with a 'sorry can't do anything for you' reply (I'm not sure how high up in the administrative chain the request went through), even when the subject of 'Lemon Law' was brought up. At this time I'm considering trading the vehicle in at a different dealership at what will be a significant financial insult to my pocket versus following through with a Lemon Law claim. BEWARE of purchasing an Expedition from FORD, and at least do a test drive at highway speed to rule out any similar windnoise problem.
Pros: deluxe radio/cd/auto-volume
Cons: plastic interior appointments are hard and feel brittle, not soft
Advice: lease itdrives/handles like a car (as from previously owned 97 model). Very quiet, darned smooth ride, yet tight; not much sway.
Advice: take care of itgreat
Pros: Rear folding seats, cooled seats, ride improvements
Cons: Somewhat cheaper outside trim feeling/level vs. 97-02 models
Advice: Don't be afraid to deal- I did very very well even with tradeObviously everything is subjective, but after having 3 Explorers and an 00' EB Expedition, I must say that this vehicle is GREAT. As compared to GM prd, it is solid, fresher and NEWER vs. somewhat older style of the inside GM prd. Most new features are fantastic- cooled seats, rear folding seats etc are great! A little more power would be super, but I'll take tow power and reliability over spurts of engine power often sighted for GM products. Test drive it!
Pros: Backup system and self adjusting side-view mirrors when backing up.
Cons: Underpowered engine. 4.6 Liter V-8 and low gas mileage.
Advice: Test drive and price all the other SUVs before you drive the Expedition.After considering all the main competitors, we decided to purchase a 2003 Eddie Bauer Expedition. The ride is much improved over the 2002. It drives and rides like a luxury vehicle. The steering is tighter as is the turning radius. Vibrations are not transmitted to the occupants of the vehicle. External noise is much reduced. In fact, in order for a person inside the vehicle to hear what a person outside the vehicle is saying, that person must yell. It is a quiet firm ride that feels as if you are moving in slow motion. In addition, it is a very safe vehicle with many safety features that come standard such as ABS brakes which have been oversized resulting in much shorter stops. There are also adjustable gas and brake pedals, passive anti-theft system, lowered front bumper that is now the height of most automobiles, and second generation air bags that inflate at different rates depending on the severity of the collision. To appreciate the changes that have been made to the external appearance of the vehicle, you must see it in person. When I saw the pictures of the 2003 Expedition and compared to pictures of the 2002, I saw no noticeable difference, but when I visited a dealership and compared the two, it became obvious that there was no comparison. The 2003 looked much better; it is really a head turner. Originally we were considering a GMC Yukon, but decided to get the Expedition because of its improved ride, its better looks and because of the Expedition's usable 3rd row seat that can be used by adults over six feet tall and its fold flat feature without removing the seats.
Pros: Back up assistant
Advice: Just drive it!!!After driving the new Expedition, I felt as if they had re-built the whole vehicle. The interior was very comfortable and roomy. I was very impressed with the back-up assistance, the automatic setting for the drivers seat, the comfort control air system, the seperate second row seats, which make it much easier to access the third row seats. Speaking of the third row seat, I like not having to take it out to access that area. It is great that they made that seat the same level as the rest of the vehicle. That alone makes it more comfortable for all riders. The exterior design of the vehicle is very sophisticated. Everytime I drive it I feel very secure and confident. The steering seems to be tighter than my '99' Expedition, which makes it easier to handle. Very, Very nice vehicle.