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New Ford Explorer Ratings

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    5/2/2003 12:53:28 PM

    2003 Ford Explorer - Limited 4.0L (360A) AWD

    Pros: Nothing.

    Cons: Price, insufficient power, too small, optional 3rd row seat.

    Advice: I recommend the Trailblazer EXT LT instead. It is more for less.

    Upon checking this, I passed on it. I found I could get more in the 2003 Trailblazer EXT LT. It includes more horsepower and torque. It includes more seating and cargo room. It includes a premium stereo with 6 speakers and both cassette and CD. And with both fully equipped, the Explorer Limited 4.0L costs more. And a 3rd row seat is standard on the Trailblazer while optional on the Explorer. I find the OnStar in the Trailblazer to be more important than the adjustable pedals on the Explorer. If I break down, run out of gas or lock my keys in one of these, the adjustable pedals will not help. The OnStar will. So, I suggest going with the Trailblazer EXT LT instead.

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    4/14/2003 8:29:43 PM

    2002 Ford Explorer - Eddie Bauer 4x4

    Pros: Plenty of room in all 3 seats and how she LOOKS.

    Cons: The message center is hard to see. LED not bright enough.

    Advice: Just buy it. Great SUV.

    We bought the Eddie Bauer,V-8,4x4,3rd.seat,moon roof,running boards . She's loaded with what we wanted,and handles great.We owned a 96'Explorer.What a difference.They got it right this time.She's a year old now,with 12000 miles.We rotate the tires at 3000 miles with oil/filter change. Happy motoring. PS. The seat/heater controls are hard to adjust.

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    3/6/2003 11:27:52 PM

    2002 Ford Explorer - XLT 4x4

    Pros: Seating and cargo, fuel economy, lots of convenient features.

    Cons: Lack of sufficient power and high pressure salesperson.

    Advice: Plenty of seating and cargo room. Upshifts smoothly. But lacks sufficient power.

    When my girlfriend and I decided to look for a V6 SUV with a 3rd row seat, the first one we checked was this. It had the steering wheel controls and both cassette and CD. It rode fairly comfortably. It had 4-wheel ABS and a 5-speed automatic which smoothly upshifted. But with its 210-h.p. SEFI 12-valve SOHC 4.0L V6, it lacked sufficient power for the size. Plus, having a salesperson trying to push it off on us was another reason we did not get it. We took it out on a by-pass on a test drive. The speed limit was 65. It just barely got up to 70. And it was slow at getting there. But it is good on M.P.G. And it has enough room. So, we looked for and got a more powerful V6 2003 SUV. It was with no pressure. But the Explorer had enough seating and cargo room. And it was not too bad once it got up to 70. It is all I have on it.

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    3/5/2003 10:59:00 AM

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

    Pros: 4WD

    Cons: Dirt gets inside of rear doors

    Advice: Great SUV

    Loved it!

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    2/2/2003 5:58:13 PM

    2002 Ford Explorer - XLT 4x4

    Pros: 3rd row seat

    Cons: Seat height is too high. Knee hits dangling keys

    Advice: Recommend it. No problems, after 28K miles

    Quiet, Good handling. Problem free!

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    11/24/2002 1:41:22 PM

    2003 Ford Explorer - XLT 4.6L (225A) 4x4

    Pros: Third row seat

    Cons: reaching the door handles

    Advice: Buy it

    The independent rear suspension adds to the smooth ride. The third row seat is a plus. These features alone made my switch from the Expedition XLT to the 2002 Explorer XLT transparent. The folding rear seat made hauling things very easy. The sound system rocks. Robert the_one_md@yahoo.com

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    10/29/2002 3:27:08 PM

    2003 Ford Explorer - Eddie Bauer 4.6L (255A) 4x4

    Pros: stereo system i put in it

    Cons: loved it all

    Advice: buy it

    Nice and Smoothe