2003 Ford Explorer Overview


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Eddie Bauer V6
Avg. Price: $7,032
Eddie Bauer V6 4WD
Avg. Price: $6,872
Eddie Bauer V6 AWD
Avg. Price: $7,128
Eddie Bauer V8
Eddie Bauer V8 4WD
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Limited V6
Avg. Price: $6,992
Limited V6 4WD
Avg. Price: $6,638
Limited V6 AWD
Avg. Price: $7,244
Limited V8
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Average User Score

4.25 stars

Based on 33 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
Very Clean Truck. by evangelistmatt
 — I like the room and the ride. I could easily load my kids and grandchildren with the third row seating and the heat and ac in the rear make it comfortable for everyone. The sound system is excellent a... 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

2003 Ford Explorer Overview

Overall User Score

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Based on 33 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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Turn Signals Not Working

2003 ford explorer base model we changed the signal switch also the bulb and socket and wiring not to mention fuse just can't get them to work any help , joan

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