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    2003 Ford Expedition - Eddie Bauer 4.6L (300B) 4x2

    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.

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    2003 Ford Expedition - Eddie Bauer 5.4L (400B) 4x4

    Pros: Back up assistant

    Cons: nothing

    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.

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    2002 Ford Thunderbird - Premium (110A)

    Pros: Style

    Cons: blindspots

    Advice: Plan on buying this car as your toy (fun car)

    First was not purchased for its ability to haul or perform functions as a daily driver. This is a weekender or just go for a fun drive. As for the Trunk it is non existence since have not taken the rack or boot cover out. Again this car was brought for the looks. About the only complaint is some blindspots. Out the sides and that the rearview mirror is too low. Don't expect alot of feature, geez only paid $40+ for thing. It's not the Lincoln LS sport that had before. They can say its based on the LS but the designers worked overtime to leave many features off. To sum up - Buy this car because you like the look. A second or 3rd car

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    2002 Ford Thunderbird - Premium (110A)

    Pros: The port holes

    Cons: trunk

    Advice: Nice car to own

    My husband and I test drive the thunderbird and really liked the way it handled. The only thing we were disappointed in was the trunk of the car. We both golf and found we won't beable to use our car for golfing as the truck is real small and can only handle a small canvas bag and maybe a few other small things. We otherwise love the car and are waiting for our delivery of our car in April of 2022. We are excited and hope we enjoy it as much as we think we will. Our children are grown and it is just for the two of us to enjoy. Looking forward to April and the good weather to cruise around in our new car. We picked the white one, but all the color are nice. We prefer white and think it will be easier to keep clean. That's about all.

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    2002 Ford Thunderbird - Premium (110A)

    Pros: The overall styling. Classic lines, retro features like the grill and porthole hardtop.

    Cons: The interior is rather mundane compared to the high style exterior.

    Advice: Order now and expect a long wait unless you're willing to pay a big premium.

    Ford hasn't let anyone test drive this car yet (3/9/01). However, based on information about the Lincoln LS - which shares the same powertrain and platform - it should be a good performance, nice handling, smooth ride. The shortened chassis reportedly caused some rear-end stability problems, but Ford pushed back the Job1 date to 5/21/01 to remedy that. The real difficulty with this car will be finding a way to test drive before purchase. Most dealers are already overbooked and charging a hefty premium to would-be buyers. The best I can say is the clean, classic styling and Thunderbird heritage makes this a must-have for the enthusiast, and hope its drivability lives up to the reputation of the brand name.