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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 1126 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

My 2nd Explorer. Will buy another.

By on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 180,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "reliable and requires minimal maintenance"

Cons: "not a smooth ride on rough roads"

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

"Last one traded in with 218,000 miles of mountain driving. Reliable, good handling, but rough ride on bumpy pavement or off-road. Nice interior features and plenty of cargo space and back seat room for passengers. Not the best gas mileage but it is a V-8."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

great vehicle

By on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 76,200

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "reliable, rode great"

Cons: "4x4 so milage was not good but typical"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"great vehicle- except every 12,00 miles needed brakes and usually rotors (even if not wore they were rusted) had it 12 years so is the longest I ever had a vehicle! but I did baby it!"

please change the name of this vehicle to EXPLODER

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 142,215

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Looks great!"

Cons: "EXPLODES!"

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

"This car was babied.... I owned it for 3 years from 2012 to 2015 and put 7000 total miles on it.... I never traveled the car and then only drove freeway or in town.... This vehicle blew it's engine.... EVERYBODY says 150,000 miles and that's a FORD EXPLODER {not even worth fixing as it will blow up again and again}.... Why wouldn't a dealer just say "Hey i am selling you a disposable car"? Honestly where is the lawsuit against FORD!!!!!"

8 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Really like this vehicle

By on Thursday, June 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 93,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Just about everything is great."

Cons: "plastic hatch, high seats"

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

"This is a great vehicle. Big enough to handle just about anything you want to carry. Runs great and has alot of getup and go. Very safe feeling car. The only 2 things I didn't like about this car was the small hatch in the back is made of plastic and cracked. I've seen many others with the same defect. The other thing is that I'm 6'3" tall, and the drivers seat is alittle to high. Can't adjust it down enough for me. Other than that, this car has been very reliable and great for trips and around town driving. When I have to sell it, I'm going to be very unhappy."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

A very good workhorse suv

By on Sunday, June 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000

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: "easy to drive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I purchased this suv used and this truck has worked for my needs perfectly. My son is now shopping for the same suv only newer."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Of the 40 plus cars I've owned, this ranks highest

By on Friday, May 29, 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
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "All"

Cons: "None"

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

"I bought this Eddie Bauer when it was a year old and had 18,000 miles. Over 10 years and now with 144K later, it runs and drives just like when I bought it! It has never been tuned and still gets 22 mpg on the highway (with AWD). It has never had an A/C repair nor any Freon added but cools just like new!! The very few problems have been minor and inexpensive to repair. I had a 2000 Eddie Bauer that was almost as good as this, except the ride was not good like this one with the improved suspension. Everything on this vehicle is intuitive to operate and always works perfectly! I have a newer Mercedes that I leave in the garage most all the time in favor of driving my Ford!! Obviously, I love it!!"

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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