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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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2003 Explorer Died While Driving

My wife’s Explorer died going down the road today at about 55mph. It has power, no fuses appear blown & no relays smell burnt that I can tell. The start won’t crank when you hit the key either. No ...

Vehicle Purchase Question

LOOKING TO PURCHASE A 2003 FORD EXPLORER WITH 150K MILES 1 OWNER VEHICLE. ABOUT HOW LONG WILL THIS VEHICLE RUN FOR AND IS THERE ANYTHING SPECIFIC I SHOULD CHECK ON IT BEFORE PURCHASING? THANK YOU!

2003 Ford Explorer Sport Xlt

Will not go into park will not start

Ford Explorer Tansmission

My ford explorer wont go into reverse, drive, or 3. but it will go into 1 and 2. what could possibly be the problem?

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03 Explorer 4.0 Multiple Cylinder Misfire

A few months back I bought a 2003 explorer 4.0 4X4 with 170K miles. It ran perfect until recently it developed an occasional misfire at highway speeds that gradually got worse over a couple weeks, ...