2003 Ford Explorer Overview

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Eddie Bauer V6
31 national listings
Eddie Bauer V6 4WD
Avg. Price: $6,856
Eddie Bauer V6 AWD
Avg. Price: $7,243
Eddie Bauer V8
Eddie Bauer V8 4WD
2 national listings
Eddie Bauer V8 AWD
Limited V6
Avg. Price: $6,973
Limited V6 4WD
Avg. Price: $7,320
Limited V6 AWD
Avg. Price: $7,661
Limited V8
Limited V8 4WD
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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
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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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Ford Explorer Questions

hiramc
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03 Explorer Had Black Trans Fluid When I Serviced It I Pumped About Half Of...

i tried to service my ford xls 4dr v6 2wd 2003 explorers transmission i dropped pan changed filter and it was alot of metal in the pan...the car has 214k on it i had it ror about 25k never messed wi...

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rileyj93
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My 2003 Explorer Feels Like The Wheels Are Slipping (like On Loose Dirt) Wh...

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Mathis92
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Can I Use A 2001 Ford Sport Trac V6 Motor For A 2003 Ford Explorer V6

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No Pwr. To Windows, Accessories, Radio, Interior Lights, Dash Gauges, Cab F...

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Why Does My O/d Light Blink When I Drive?

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