2003 Ford Explorer Top Comparisons

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2003 Ford ExplorerReview
Guru73Q3M writes:
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The car wasn’t very clean, has a ticking sound coming from the engine, and I feel is overpriced

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2003 Ford Explorer Review
vs2003 Lincoln Aviator
2003 Ford Explorer winning categories:
  • Power
  • Handling
  • Looks/Style
  • Front Seats
  • Back Seats
  • Cargo Capacity
  • Family Car
  • Value
  • Would Buy
Power Ranked 2003 Lincoln Aviator better.
"The 2003 Lincoln Aviator feels like it has more power, as compared to the 2003 Ford Explorer."
Looks/Style Ranked 2003 Lincoln Aviator better.
"The 2003 Lincoln Aviator has upgraded details which make it look better than the 2003 Ford Explorer."
Family Car Ranked 2003 Lincoln Aviator better.
"The 2003 Lincoln Aviator is a better family car with the extra room of a third row seat."
Would Buy Ranked 2003 Lincoln Aviator better.
"I would buy the 2003 Lincoln Aviator over the 2003 Ford Explorer because it is more comfortable, stylish, and powerful."
2003 Ford Explorer Limited V6 4WDReview
evangelistmatt writes:
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Very Clean Truck. — 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 and only 6 months old, I have always been a stickler for quality sound playing my music, make the ride much better.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Very nice SUV, lots of room.

Cons: Nothing I don't like about it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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2003 Ford Explorer XLT V8Review
Humberto writes:
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Excellent Utility Vehicle — Excellent utility vehicle for the money invested, with plenty of interior room, nicely equipped, good looking and comfortable, One of the best SUV's in the market for sure, especially considering the return of investment. I would recommend it and buy another one, without a doubt.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Value for the money

Cons: City mileage

5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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2003 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WDReview
pehlingc writes:
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Great Overall Suv — Great vehicle for anyone who lives out in the country and has issues in the winter months with un-plowed roads and ice. Gas mileage is awful (13-16) but overall is a great value Sport Utility Vehicle for the price.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: Plenty of interior space. Drives Like a truck, unstoppable in the snow

Cons: Horrible gas mileage, rough ride.

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2003 Ford Explorer Limited V8 4WDReview
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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

Pros: Family car , runs great .

Cons: Power full engine , easy drive , works great.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.
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2003 Ford Explorer Limited V6 4WDReview
vamom writes:
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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

Pros: Roomy, easy to drive, does well in bad weather

Cons: gas mileage

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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2003 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WDReview
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Its Just Ok — box like, abs light comes on all the time when accelerating on the highway. accessing the third row is a pain. it has a v6 but it consumes gas like a v8 without the power of the v8. It is just for transporting things.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: not much

Cons: too many

4 of 9 people found this review helpful.
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2003 Ford Explorer XLT V6 4WDReview
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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

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

Cons: gas mileage not the best, limited towing capacity

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2003 Ford Explorer Limited V8 4WDReview
davetubb writes:
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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

Pros: Reliable, comfortable, low maintenance

Cons: Gas mileage

13 of 14 people found this review helpful.
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Reviews From Other Years

2021 Ford Explorer Reviews

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2020 Ford Explorer Reviews

Review By shadowstarOfficial

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2019 Ford Explorer Reviews

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It’s a really nice vehicle. I love them. They ride nice and smooth. Sunroof.. I love a sunroof. Read More

Review By GuruC1HGZ

Nice vehicle for the $ ! Also good mileage too boot ! Read More

2018 Ford Explorer Reviews

Review By Guru9T3W5S

18 Ford Explorer XLT has EVERYTHING I could want!! Heated seats and steering wheel, sunroof moonroof, Apple CarPlay!!! Read More

Review By Casia

A remote starter, heated seats, and a sun roof were features I wanted. Read More

2017 Ford Explorer Reviews

Review By Kay

The car is great drives and rides smoothly love it Read More

Review By Guru9T43KC

No. Too many miles for the price. Can’t trust the vehicle will last. Read More

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