2003 Ford Explorer Ratings

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Ford Explorer 2003
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    2003 Ford Explorer

    I have thouroughly enjoyed this vehicle.

    • Recommend this vehicle to a friend? Yes
    • How long have you owned this vehicle? 5 years
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    2003 Ford Explorer - XLT 4.0L (220A) 4x4

    Pros: Stereo system

    Cons: Engine power train

    Advice: Do not purchase a Ford Exployer

    I purchased the Exployer because of the price and my buy american sentiments. The SUV served me well until recent engine problems. The Dealership indicated that three of the valves had lost compression and would require a new engine to correct the problem ($5,300). This is the first american made vehicle that I have ever owned and the last. I did not feel that the Dealership was honest and forthright. They presented no other alternatives to the engine replacement. There were also transmission issues with the gear shift really changing very hard between gears that concerned me. Consider buying Toyota or Acura for price, reliability and ownership longevity.

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    2003 Ford Explorer - Eddie Bauer 4.0L (150A) 4x2

    Pros: size...not too large; not too small

    Cons: transmission whine noise

    Advice: Have the transmission checked before buying used.

    I now have 110,000 miles on my 2003 Explorer. I was weary of the transmission at first (clunk and whine sometimes) but it improved with age and has lasted 110k miles with regular maintenance. Other than the 'whine' annoyance this vehicle has been great. It still is tight and there are no rattles anywhere. If not for the transmission whine this would be a perfect vehicle.

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    2003 Ford Explorer - Limited 4.6L (165A) 4x2

    Pros: Leather, heated seats. 290 wt stereo, DVD, V8, too much to list...

    Cons: Ford Customer Service

    Advice: Get a V8 or at least test drive for yourself...

    I have the Centennial Edition. V-8. The only way to go. It is a very comfy ride. It has so many options. I am having seatbelt problems so I have a 2004 Eplorer XLT V-6 as a loaner, very noisy. V8 are the way to go. I considered a Pilot but for the same price got this with every option available. Check around for best price Ford will come down. Unlike Honda, Honda doesn't dicker much. Hondas are great though, just didn't have the options I needed at this time, V8.

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    2003 Ford Explorer - XLT 4.0L (120B) 4x2

    Pros: Body appearance

    Cons: Air condition, engine, Radio and 6 in-dash stereo

    Advice: Don't buy it, if you want to buy this please get extended warranty, because you will need new engine after 36000miles right after the warranty is expired.

    Driving, seating and entertainment are acceptable with less power and some noisy from the engine. Air condition is not strong enough to cool down in summer. Get a 6 in-dash cd player will make easy to change cd. Worst expectation is that you will need a new engine after 37000 mile driving right after warranty expired recently only 36000 miles. Also warranty can not do anything to you when you need a new engine even though it is happened by mechanical defects as valve spring broken which could not find until it is happened. You have to pay by yourself no matter how much it is.Don't buy this or spend more money to get a extended warranty if you really want to drive Explorer.

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    2003 Ford Explorer - XLT 4.0L (220A) 4x4

    Pros: looks

    Cons: nothing

    Advice: buy it

    smooth ride

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    2003 Ford Explorer - Limited 4.6L (165A) 4x2

    Pros: Holds carseat securely.

    Cons: Too many trips to the service dept. at the dealership.

    Advice: There are plenty of other SUVs to choose from.....I would strongly advise against purchasing an Explorer.

    What a lemon! This vehicle was delivered to the dealership with a leaky strut, a rattling roof rack, child seat tabs missing from rear seat cover and a faulty connector that would not allow the power seat to move forward. All of the above problems should have been caught in the Quality Control inspection at Ford. The same inspections that check the airbag system and other safety features on the vehicle. 1 1/2 years later and I'm still dealing with the rattling roof rack and several other problems including: a reverse sensing system that shuts off when the car is shifted to reverse, the key binding in the ignition, shifter difficult to move, stalling at stops, vehicle difficult to start on cold mornings, hairline fractures in the leather seats, leather pulling away from the middle row seat fold down. I have called the 800 Ford Customer Service several times and was finally told they are an outside company hired by Ford and have no way to contact Ford directly. They merely log the complaints and chances are I would never hear from anyone at Ford. I filed a complaint with the BBB and Ford failed to respond to the BBB. I met with the Ford factory rep who said all he can do is give me a loaner vehicle while my car is being repaired. So I am stuck with a $42K car that I cannot in good conscious sell to another consumer and the dealer will only give me $24K on a trade in...and I thought Ford Quality was Job One.