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2003 Ford Explorer User Reviews

2003 Ford Explorer Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 31 reviews

  • Performance:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5
  • Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 8 reviews
"comfortable car" 6 reviews
"space" 6 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 13 reviews

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nacfire writes:
2003 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD Review
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4

Pros

drives great for long road trips, lots of room, great in snow, very durable

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gas mileage not the best, limited towing capacity

nacfire
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Great Car For Family — car served me well over the years, great on the road, handles well for a larger vehicle, no major repairs in the eight years that I have owned this truck, this is a much more versatile and durable than a mini-van or a crossover

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Mike writes:
2003 Ford Explorer XLT Sport V6 4WD Review
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Can fit a lot in the trunk, great for areas with snowy winters

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Fuel economy is not its strong point

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Good For Families — Overall it is a sensible truck. It feels heavy, but also feels really planted while driving. Performance wise its not going to win any races, but at least it moves and it can get going fast if you give it enough space. The V8 is faster, but the fuel economy suffers because of that. The build quality isn't spectacular because it does have random squeaks and rattles, but nothing major has gone wrong with it. It is a great all purpose truck, plus it handle's New England winters very well.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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David writes:
2003 Ford Explorer XLT V6 Review
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4

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Basic SUV. Great cargo room. Nice maneuverability. Great mileage.  

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No real complaints. Like I said, didn't really have it long enough.

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Great Car. — Didn't really have this truck for very long. Every thing on this truck felt confidante. A really joy drive. Acceleration was great on it as well as handling. Mileage on it was better than expected. Had to replace the alternator while I owned it and was a pretty inexpensive part.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dustin writes:
2003 Ford Explorer Limited V6 AWD Review
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5

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It looks sharp and its tough

Cons

getting too old for me

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This Truck Is Sweet — The 7 passenger vehicle makes it easy for me an the guys to hop in an take one car. Comfortable fit when full. Loaded interior makes it look nice an clean inside. Clean truck

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FrankoDrums writes:
2003 Ford Explorer Limited V8 4WD Review
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Family car , runs great .

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Power full engine , easy drive , works great.

FrankoDrums
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03 Ford Explorer Limited 4wd V8 - Mustang Rims — 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 ! Great for highway , has a dvd on the back for kids , custom tail lights and came with a great sound system.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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davetubb writes:
2003 Ford Explorer Limited V8 4WD Review
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Reliable, comfortable, low maintenance

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Gas mileage

davetubb
75

Good Suv Choice — 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, wheel base etc, it's basically the exact same vehicle yet they don't ban the Mountaineer.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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vamom writes:
2003 Ford Explorer Limited V6 4WD Review
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Roomy, easy to drive, does well in bad weather

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gas mileage

vamom
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I Like It Just Fine — I went from a Suzuki sidekick to this Ford Explorer when I ran out of room for kids and stuff. I like the room in the Explorer and have had no major issues with it. Other than routine maintenance the only issue I have had is to replace the ball joints and the front bearing assembly. All stuff done at home with my shade tree mechanics.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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jmstpierre writes:
2003 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WD Review
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Comfortable driving

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Nothing

jmstpierre
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It Is Definitely Worth Having One Of These — 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 very comfortable and rides great. It is also very sharp looking. It gets between 18 and 21 mpg usually so thats been good to. I also maintain it constantly.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Trey writes:
2003 Ford Explorer Limited V8 4WD Review
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safe, good acceleration

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ummmmmmm

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Awesome — Only dislike that my DVD player doesnt work, good running boards, big V8. Runs like a champ every time I start it. Gets about 14-16 MPG normally which is good for a big car. Got a trailer hitch and pretty good towing power

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Amber writes:
2003 Ford Explorer XLS V6 4WD Review
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It's not a Mini-Van

Cons

What don't suck about it?

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Ford Sucks — Ford sucks! If I could buy my VW Golf back I would, in a heartbeat! It has no speed. It breaks down all the time. It always has some light going off on the dash. It gets terrible gas mileage. I really just regret that I bought it. The 1 positive it has...... it gets me from point A to point B.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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2013 Ford Explorer Reviews

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2012 Ford Explorer Reviews

Solid Family Car, Vary Happy With It For The Most Part. By Jay

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2011 Ford Explorer Reviews

Super Fun, Sporty Suv With The Looks To Boot! By gacowgirl79

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2010 Ford Explorer Reviews

Lots Of Toys On The Limited Awd By goldy

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