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New Ford Explorer Ratings

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    11/10/2003 10:39:23 PM

    2002 Ford Explorer - Eddie Bauer 4x4

    Pros: The EB options; memory seats

    Cons: What? No tranny dipstick?! We'll see how this 150K sealed transmission does.

    Advice: Shop around

    I love this rig! I upgraded from a '99 Explorer with the 4.0 six to this one with the 4.6L. Bought with 20K on it, mileage around town a little low but not bad on open roads. The extended wheel base and track width makes towing a 22' travel trailer pretty easy. Was a chore with the shorter/narrower '99. Quality seemes excellent, fits like a glove, plenty of room (I'm 6'3'). Hoping for many, many trouble free miles. I drove a '97 for three years at work; high speeds, towed boats, rode that little rig realllly hard and it NEVER gave me any problems; this led me to buying one for personal use, and now on 2nd one. Yes, there may be occasional lemons, but producing this many vehicles is bound to yield one or two.

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    11/8/2003 4:05:12 AM

    2003 Ford Explorer - XLS 4.0L (100A) 4x2

    Pros: Cargo room and back-seat room

    Cons: Automatic----shifts on steering wheel, prefer console shift. A small matter, though.

    Advice: Take the family along for their opinions

    Comfortable and roomy, back-seat passengers have more than adequate leg room and sitting room, handles well, turns in tight radius, easier on gas than previous vehicle (Toyota RAV4 4WD), $100 less in insurance per 6 months, power for quick entry into traffic, interior has less fancy gadgets, etc., than previous vehicle but offers ease of operation, holds stable in turns. For my own personal needs, it is great.

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    10/20/2003 8:33:07 PM

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

    Pros: the seat adjustment

    Cons: the way the dash is arranged

    Advice: i would definetly consider an explorer over other suvs.

    i traded a trailblazer and thought it drove good until i drove the explorer. its a much better ride and it is built alot better than the trailblazer. i will never buy anything but a ford suv now.

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    9/14/2003 4:55:56 PM

    2002 Ford Explorer - Limited 4x4

    Pros: automatic power window for the driver door

    Cons: everything else

    Advice: please do not buy this vehicle

    It has a relatively harsh ride, despite the new rear independant suspension. it seems to have gotten worse than its predecessor.

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    8/11/2003 3:05:24 PM

    2003 Ford Explorer - XLT 4.6L Sport (135A) 4x2

    Pros: Comfort

    Cons: Some features that aren't optional

    Advice: Get in and buy

    Great car for the right price.

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    6/10/2003 10:39:56 AM

    2003 Ford Explorer - Limited 4.0L (260A) 4x4

    Pros: None

    Cons: Sluggish, insufficient cargo and passenger room, optional 3rd row seat, overpriced, can not get both cassette and DVD.

    Advice: Go with the Trailblazer EXT LT 4X4 instead!

    When my boyfriend and I decided to look for and buy this SUV, we checked and drove this one. It is overpriced. It has insufficient cargo and seating room. It lacks enough h.p. and torque. I found for less, I could get an equally equipped Trailblazer EXT LT. It is the same gas mileage. And it has more h.p. and torque. Plus, it has more cargo and seating room. And it is better for hauling and towing. I gotboth a stereo with both cassette and CD and a DVD entertainment system with it. To get the Explorer with the DVD, I would have had to forget cassette. Or vise versa. I chose and suggest buying the Trailblazer EXT LT 4x4 instead.

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    5/20/2003 1:58:13 PM

    2003 Ford Explorer - Eddie Bauer 4.0L (350A) AWD

    Pros: the vehicle size

    Cons: the front passenger side grip handle

    Advice: shop several dealers to get your best price

    As a previous owner of two older style Explorers, I can honestly say the new Explorer platform is much improved. The ride and handling has greatly improved. The interior is somewhat roomier. Inside cabin noise has been reduced. Ford did a good job of improving on a popular vehicle.