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Average User Score
4.2 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 33 reviews
2003 Ford Explorer Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 33 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 Ford Explorer Dying At Stops
My 2003 Ford Explorer XLT (4.0L, V6) has started dying at red lights and extended stops. It does not do this at every stop, and has only happened twice. I first noticed it when I left to take my...
I Have A 2003 Ford Explorer, And Cannot Get The Back Hatch Open.
I have a 2003 Ford Explorer, and the back hatch won't open. We have tried pulling back the panel, but the mechanism seems to be working fine, but it still won't open. Is there any way to get the doo...
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...
Whats Code P0775
Ok I Got A 2003 Ford Explorer If I Jump It Off The Solenoid It Starts But I...
Please help but it starts an runs when I. Jump it off the solenoid