"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."
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."
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."