2003 Ford Explorer Overview


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2003 Ford Explorer Overview

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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    Brittany Loehrer

    Check Engine Light

    I just had my motor rebuilt with new thermostat and spark plugs. My check engine light keeps popping on but I don't know why. My machanic said everything looked fine. What's wrong with it?

    11 views with 1 answer (last answer 3 days ago)

    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

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    Jim Lobb

    I Have A 03 Ford Explorer 4.6 L - V8. It Runs Very Rich. Whats The Problem?...

    I just installed a newer engine, with 57000 miles. and it's still the same as before.

    23 views with 6 answers (last answer about a week ago)

    Will A 2002 Door Interchange With A 2003 Ford Explorer Xlt

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    18 views with 3 answers (last answer about a week ago)
    Brant Berry

    Oil Pump Chang

    Engine is a 4.0. I believe the oil pump is bad.. as soon as you start it it knocks and no oil pressure.. so if the oil pump is bad. What would be the steps to change it?

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