2003 Ford Explorer Overview

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Trims

Eddie Bauer V6
Avg. Price: $7,010
Eddie Bauer V6 4WD
Avg. Price: $7,077
Eddie Bauer V6 AWD
Avg. Price: $7,128
Eddie Bauer V8
Eddie Bauer V8 4WD
Eddie Bauer V8 AWD
Limited V6
Avg. Price: $7,044
Limited V6 4WD
Avg. Price: $6,559
Limited V6 AWD
Avg. Price: $7,444
Limited V8
Limited V8 4WD
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Average User Score

4.25 stars

Based on 32 reviews

It Is Definitely Worth Having One Of These by jmstpierre
 — I love it! The only reason I'm selling it is because I need a car for my job to travel long distances so it's basically the gas mileage I'm selling it for. Other than that it has been perfect! It is ... Read More
03 Ford Explorer Limited 4wd V8 - Mustang Rims by FrankoDrums
 — 03 Ford Explorer Limited V8 4WD - I love this car , great model , runs great , leather seats , sunroof , power full engine . I got this SUV for about 3 years and never had any problem i love it ! Grea... Read More
Good Suv Choice by davetubb
 — Overall the Explorer is a great SUV, however I strongly disagree with U-Haul's decision to ban the Ford Explorer from pulling it's rental trailers. The Mercury Mountaineer has the exact same chassis, ... Read More

2003 Ford Explorer Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 32 reviews

2003 Ford Explorer

No major changes marked the launch of the 2003 Ford Explorer, except for one: 5-speed manual transmission was no longer an option offered in the main Explorer line (it was still available on the Explorer Sport Trac SUV/pickup hybrid, though).

Trim choices for the 2003 Explorer included XLS, XLT, Eddie Bauer, Limited, and a new NBX trim, which focused on storage, with a roof-rack and specially designed cargo area.  Four-wheel drive was an option on the XLS, XLT, Eddie Bauer, and NBX trims, and standard on the Limited trim; all-wheel drive was an option on all trims except for NBX.

The '03 Explorer continued to outsell the competition, even after twelve years on the market.  Buyers and reviewers praised the roomy interiors and   the agile handling (agile by sport-utility vehicle standards, at least).  

Engine offerings were the same as in 2002: buyers of the '03 Ford Explorer had the choice of a 4.0 liter V-6 or a 4.6 liter Triton V-8.  Gas mileage maintained its middle-of-the-pack position, with 14-17 mpg city and 19-21 mpg city, depending on model.

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Ford Explorer Questions

Jim Lynch
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2003 Explorer Xlt - Shifts Hard From 2nd To 3rd - Shift Soleinoid?

No lights on dash - blinking or staying on. Just shifts rough from 2nd to 3rd (automatic). Seems to drop right in to 3rd if I let up on the gas a hair. Everything else is fine. 4x4. No custom tires, e...

6 views with 3 answers (last answer 4 days ago)
reno_man
20

When Car Idles The Rpms Pulse Like Someone Is Pumping The Gas

I have a 2003 Explorer sport and recently when the car idles the rpms pulse like someone is pumping the gas. the rpms only jump up about 500 and its seems like its getting worse. It pulses about twice...

289 views with 14 answers (last answer 2 weeks ago)
Explorers
0

Does The Rear Window Open Independently Of The Whole Rear Door

the owners manuel is missing. How do I program the garage door opener buttons?

3,849 views with 3 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)
Karl1958
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Can The Pin That Goes To The Hatch Closer (piston) That Has Rust Off Be Rep...

I have a replacement piston but the pin that it goes into on the hatch is rusted and partially gone. Can I just get a replacement if I tap it or drill it out?

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Savage412
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Can I Use P235/70 R15 Rims And Tires On My 2003 Explorer To Replace P235/70...

9 views with 1 answer (last answer about a month ago)