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2003 Ford Explorer

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Information shown for entry-level SUV.

Fuel Economy:
City 14/Hwy 18/Comb 16 MPG
Max Seating: 7
Engine: V6, Flex Fuel, 4.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: United States Country of Assembly: United States

2003 Ford Explorer Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
7.5
Out of 10

Based on 1108 Ratings for the 2002 - 2005 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.8/10
    Quality
    7.8/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

Good looking vehicle; replace the engine.

By on Friday, February 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "See complete review above."

Cons: "See complete review above."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Many new parts in last year: transmission, tires, exhaust, wheel bearings, brakes, recertify 4x4 system, and many others. This vehicle is Fire Red and still looks great. Clacking in engine is why I'm selling (200K). It has a very good value to the right buyer and should last another 3-5 years since so much has been replaced already. I hate to sell this as I'm the original new car owner and I've maintained it very well all the time."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great vehicle

By on Sunday, February 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 255,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great vehicle"

Cons: "too many electronics on car"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great all around vehicle. Original owners. Didn't start having any major issues until we hit 200,000 miles. Lot of electronic issues since then. Some we have fixed, others we ignore. Wish Ford would have kept the original body of the Explorer, new style doesn't have as much room. Car runs like a champ. We are trying to get a million miles out of her."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

good on dirt and mountain roads. decent gas mpg

By on Thursday, February 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "4 wheel drive decent mpg. third row seat."

Cons: "not many. plastic on back cracks on all of them"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"served its purpose. Good on dirt and mountain roads. decent mpg for a v8 with 4 wheel drive. Used for camping and boarding. over all a 7 or 8 of 10. more room than toyota and way better than a blazer. I know ive owned both. Third row seat."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Terrible vehicle! Wheel bearings, Springs, Transmi

By on Sunday, February 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
2/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Nice when BRAND NEW"

Cons: "Can't check trans dipstick? There is none?"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Terrible vehicle! Original owner. Wheel bearings replaced 2 times Springs replaced because they broke Rear window hatch replaced from crack in body Engine has made a rattle sound since 60 K miles. Interior light always on because of bad door switch design Window cable broke 4 wheel drive hasn't worked since 2010. Transmission case blew a chunk out of the side. Replaced transmission case 116,000 miles Transmission won't shift into 3-5 gears unless RPM hits 3000, 125,000 miles"

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

By FAR, best veh I've owned

By on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 144,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "EVERYTHING!"

Cons: "None in my opinion"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought "my baby" used in 2005. By far, it is the best and my most favorite vehicle I've ever owned. Has lots of get up & go, very few mechanical problems that weren't simple "wear" type things. Sure, it's a Ford so I've replaced all suspension parts, not because they failed, simply because they're wear items and I wanted to keep it running & driving smoothly. Those are items you'd have to replace on any SUV/Truck after 100+, and ... you've got to do that kind of stuff eventually. I've found it to be relatively inexpensive to maintain & repair. i would recommend it to ANYONE! I'll keep mine as long as I can! :)"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

very dependable vehicle

By on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 97,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"HAVE BEEN VERY SATISFIED WITH THE OVERALL PERFORMANCE OF THIS VEHICLE. BUT HAD TO HAVE THE TRANSMISSION REBUILT AT 97K NOT HAPPY ABOUT THAT BUT IT HAPPENS. STILL PURCHASED A NEW 2014 EXPLORER THOUGH. REALLY LIKED THE LOOKS OF THE NEW STYLING, MY WIFE ABSOLUTELY LOVES THIS VEHICLE THE REAR VIEW CAMERA IS GREAT"

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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