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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 1117 Ratings for the 2002 - 2005 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    7.8/10
    Quality
    7.7/10
  • Reliability
    8.0/10
    Performance
    8.0/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.2/10

Reliable Family Vehicle

By on Monday, May 18, 2015

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

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "comfort, reliable, dependable, good vehicle"

Cons: "Mileage because of reliability"

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

"This vehicle never gave any problems. Female driver in very good condition. Reliable and serviced on time."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Chews through wheel bearings!!

By on Monday, May 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 130,650

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"When I first got the 2003 Explorer, I was ecstatic, but then only after a month of owning it (bought used), the transmission went out, then the wheel bearings, then the IAC sensor. I have owned this vehicle for about 4 1/5 years now and I have to replace the wheel bearings twice a year and of course it is never the one that is in warranty. Overall, I love the way it handles. It has a very sharp turning radius and I hardly ever put it in 4 wheel drive (new transfer case as well), but unless you are made out of money... I wouldn't suggest getting this vehicle."

Great truck, bad milieage

By on Saturday, May 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 179,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great for certain lifestyles, overkill for others."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"It's been handy to have this truck for trips and such, but it's complete overkill for city living and driving. We replaced the transmission in about 2011, and I don't know exactly why."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Most reliable vehicle I've owned in 25 years .

By on Saturday, May 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 61,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Almost no mechanical failures , very good ride , superb towing capacity. Exterior finishes look almost new. Hope to find a newer model much like it."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Has been a great vehicle

By on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 131,570

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Has cup holders for all three rows of seats"

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

"air conditioner will freeze you out. Heater will roast you out. Has all weather tires on it. Since I don't work I used it for household errands. Seats 7 people. Transmission was just serviced a little over a month ago. Passes smog with no problem. Oil was changed about 1500 miles ago. I do have some of service records. Only had general maintenance on it. Air & Heat is in the front and back with controls in the back."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

the sucker always starts.

By on Monday, April 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 160,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
2/10

Pros: "price was ok, bought a leftover. had a kid driver"

Cons: "All the stuff that keeps breaking!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"It has 160,000 miles on it. The door ajar light is always on. So I had to remove the overhead light bulb as it never turned off. The latch that keeps the hood up is broken. The window on the tailgate won't open. The side mirror adjustment doesn't work. The CD player eats CD's. The ABS system light comes on periodically but the system is fine. Headliner is pinned up in front. I needed the transmission rebuilt and the front rotors repaired; the back ones are next. The back brakes are original and I've replaced the front ones once. The air conditioner doesn't work as well as it should. The mechanism holding the spare tire broke so I carry the spare in the back. But the sucker always starts. Every time but I don't know for how long. It's been rear ended several times; the damage doesn't show. The paint is starting to degrade but this is Florida and I have no garage. All I can say is that it starts every time."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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