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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 1128 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

Dependable Transportation

By on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 243,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "strong Ford engine and drivetrain"

Cons: "Door Ajar sensors all failed, had to be replaced"

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

"Owned this vehicle since 2007; always serviced on time; have only had to replace a few seals and those darned "door ajar" sensors. 243,000 miles and it doesn't burn a drop of oil between changes; runs like a top; 16 to 17 mpg in town, 20 to 21 mpg on the road. This Eddie Bauer model has been a joy to own. Plan to buy a newer model early next year."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

outstanding vehicle

By on Sunday, August 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

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

"I have owned this car for 12 years. I have never encountered a single problem with the engine, mechanics, or overall functioning of the vehicle. It is a beautiful pearl white, has a tan leather interior, and a sunroof. I have never missed an oil change or tire rotation. The engine is in mint condition. The vehicle has never been wrecked. It has been a wonderful car!"

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

good vehichle until total engine failure

By on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 186,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Cons: "check all vehicle information sites. Do not buy"

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

"Kept up with all maintenance,and last month's regular maintenance showed no indications of any problem. Then, with a 1-2 minute warning, the engine froze. It would require a motor replacement."

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."

5 people out of 7 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!"

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

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!!!!!"

12 people out of 28 found this review helpful

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