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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 1151 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

Worst Vehicle I've EVER Had!!!!!!

By on Wednesday, June 29, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 92,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I purchased this vehicle March 2013...By March 2014...Transmisson went out. I had that rebuilt $1600...I ve replaced catalytic converter...battery...recently alternator, two days before XMAS 2015. I bought new tires, oil change and front brakes and rotors March 2016....and now my transmission has completely burned out again TWO years later. HATE THIS CAR WITH A PASSION!!!! Now the car is just sitting bc I do not have $2150 to get it fixed. My agreement 309/48 months starting March 2013...I have spent over almost $3000 keeping this car running."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Reliable, comfortable, well maintained.

By on Thursday, June 2, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 126,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great gas mileage, very comfortable, spacious"

Cons: "small rust spot"

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

"Burgundy Exterior w/Chrome & Black accents. Good cond/Small rust spot. Minor touched-up scratches. Tan Interior - Excellent condition. 4-Dr / 4WD / 6 Cyl. Automatic w/tow package AC (front/rear) Airbags Auto windows, seats, mirrors, etc. Steering wheel controls / Fog Lights / Roof Rack Great sound system. Seller to include the stock stereo and the currently installed aftermarket receiver which is touchscreen w/buttons & dial controls. GPS/reverse camera/AM-FM/MP3/iPod/iPhone/ Hands-free call/text and more! Running Boards Convertible rear seats - lay flat Rear Seats have storage container beneath seats. Cup Holders. Door trash bins. Vanity mirrors. Hanger Hooks Intermittent wipers Vehicle is not too big and not too small. Reason for selling: Purchased my first sports car for 50th birthday. Great vehicle, but no longer need it."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

exelent vehicle

By on Sunday, May 22, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 172,000

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: "great vehicle"

Cons: "none"

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

"this is our second explorer both have been very dependable. would buy another. the first is a 1992 model still driving with over 600,000 miles. it is on second engine and tranny both work fine. i replaced front and rear brake pads and front wheel bearings on 2005 recently. changing all fluids and doing a tune up next week"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Excellent vehicle

By on Sunday, February 21, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 119,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Safe through all Indiana winters"

Cons: "None"

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

"I've owned this 2003 Explorer since new and it has been very dependable and had only a couple minor issues through 119,000 miles."

15 people out of 26 found this review helpful

I have owned my baby Anna for 5 years.

By on Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "durable, comfortable, decent highway MPG, safe"

Cons: "SUVs are top heavy"

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

"This SUV is my first vehicle. It has traveled with me for 75,000 miles (I am her second owner), primarily in the city, but it has amazing highway mileage. I was 16, so I immediately started going out into the woods, despite having a 2WD. I have traveled across central Florida several times in it with no problems. Needless to say, I have put plenty of wear and tear on it, but it still has potential if someone swapped the transmission, and maybe a pump. *knocks on wood* I love this car, and all I have had to replace is the upper control arms and barrings on my front end (of course regular maintenance). Shocks are probably due."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Fix or Repair Dalay

By on Saturday, February 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 268,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Plug flew out due to 3 threads holding to a aluminum head! Design Defect! Had to repair ALL Plugs with helicoils. Rear wheel bearing gone after 100000 miles. Trans replaced 130000. Transfer case and differential repaired 145000. Climate control venting no longer works. Used a wire to attach to actuator made of plastic. Odometer module not working. Takes 2 me two hours to take dash apart to repair. Not worth it. This is why I no longer by ford! Put more into it then I paid."

7 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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