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Average User Score
4.2 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 31 reviews
2003 Ford Explorer Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 31 reviews
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
2003 Explorer Exterior Hatch Part
2003 Explorer has a black (sometime painted) plastic piece which covers the rear hatch exterior handle. Mine is cracked and in need of replacement. Unfortunately, I have spent two hours on the inter...
2003 Ford Explorer V8
How Much Does A 1inch Lift Cost For A Ford Explorer 2003
Vehicle Jerks When I Turn
When I turn toward the right or left my vehicle jerks unless I slow down & turn slowly. I have a 2003 Ford Explorer. Does this mean my transmission is going bad? Or, what is the problem?
My 2003 Ford Explorer 4wd 4.0 When You Start It, It Will Idle But When You ...
when you start i, it will idle but it idles rough then when you push the gas peddle it stalls out everytime. today i changed the map sensor and the pronblem still exsists, i have also changed the egr ...