2003 Ford Explorer User Reviews

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Gas — I have one but it uses alot of gas. Like 12 miles to the gallon :S I have to put in like 10 dollars each day. So thats like 70 dollars a week.

Miles Driven per Year:10,000

Pros: Rides awesome

Cons: Uses lots of gas

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2003 Ford Explorer Limited V6 AWDReview
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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

Pros: It looks sharp and its tough

Cons: getting too old for me

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2003 Ford Explorer XLT Sport V6Review
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Rear End Problems — Loved the vehicle, but had too many problems with the rear end new design...aluminum. Replaced two rear ends in warranty and two out of warranty...covered by Ford, 'cause they know that they have a problem. After having the last one replaced at 52K, and the rep told me that this was the last one. At 57K I traded 'cause the whining was starting again in the rear end. High whining problems were why they changed the whole rear end each time....first it started at 6K miles, with a 55 - 62 whine. Then it was a whine at a higher speed...then a growling and they replaced the bearings etc...but the whine was still there....they replaced the rear end with a new one again. Good luck....my car was like new when I traded on a new Pontiac Torrent.....my wife loves this car, easier to handle than the bulky Explorer.

Owner for 5 years, 0 months

Miles Driven per Year:11,000

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2003 Ford Explorer Limited V8 4WDReview
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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.)

Pros: safe, good acceleration

Cons: ummmmmmm

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2003 Ford Explorer Review
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Because it is the best one that I have tried and I really like it so confortable and it has too much space. I really enjoy it having one of those!!
vs2002 Kia Sportage
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vs2003 Hyundai Santa Fe
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vs2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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vs2003 Chevrolet Tahoe LT
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Looks/Style Ranked 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe LT better.
"I have driven this truck for a few years and I think it has the ability to continue with the same power and agility, as if were new. Everyone can sit comfortable and enjoy the ride and movies. Safely"
Would Buy Ranked 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe LT better.
"Would buy it again."
2003 Ford Explorer XLS V6 4WD Review
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The vehicle itself is a good car, drive terrible when using regular unleaded gas. Seems like it wants to quit when picking up speed.
vs1998 Mitsubishi Montero Base 4WD
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2003 Ford Explorer Limited V8 4WD Review
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Its a great vehicle and you get a lot for the price compared to the 4 runner. Just didnt like the way the transmission shifted
vs2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD
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Cargo Capacity Ranked 2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD better.
"Materials in the 4 runner seemed a bit more expensive, the feel of the drive seemed superior"
Value Ranked 2003 Toyota 4Runner SR5 4WD worse.
"felt like i got a lot more offered in the base explorer compared to the 4 runner. the explorer had nice leather and sound system compared to my cloth 4 runner. i would have chosen cloth anyway but hey ..just saying"
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2003 Ford Explorer Review
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Overall its an ok vehicle however it lives for wheel bearing replacements. I honestly wouldnt recommend anyone else buying one
vs2003 Dodge Durango SXT
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Family Car Ranked 2003 Dodge Durango SXT better.
"More interior room and more comfortable seats. More room in the third row seating area. Great rear climate control. Actually has vents for the people in the third row "
Would Buy Ranked 2003 Dodge Durango SXT better.
"Its a well rounded , well designed automobile. I one both an exploder ( need I say more ) and my Durango. I can depend on the Durango to get my family safely to their destinations as for the explorer thank goodness I have AAA !"
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vs2011 GMC Acadia
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Front Seats Ranked 2011 GMC Acadia better.
"nice and heated"
Back Seats Ranked 2011 GMC Acadia better.
"very nice"

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2013 Ford Explorer Reviews

Super All-around Suv! By Kpecot

Great family SUV. Lots of cargo room and passenger comforts. Love the leather, roof rack and 4WD upgrades as well as SYNC and Bluetooth features. Drives nice, solid handling. Liked it so much, getting... Read More

Super Suv! By Kpecot

Loved this SUV. In fact, I'm getting another one (2014 or 2015)! Preferred to drive it over our second car, which is a sporty and fun-to-drive 300Z. Leather and 4WD a big plus but not "must haves". Li... Read More

2012 Ford Explorer Reviews

The Ultimate Snowboarding Assault Vehicle By cargurusLV

What's the point of getting an SUV with 5-seats? That's just an oversized car that eats up more gas. That's why I got the Explorer. It has 7-seats and luxuriously appointed with a great tech convenien... Read More

Feels Good, Looks Good. By mikepetrey

Like the appearance and performance. Smooth riding SUV with all the luxuries. The air conditioning is very cold, the heat is very warm. All power features have always worked with no problems whatso... Read More

2011 Ford Explorer Reviews

Sporty By Melissa

The room for my whole family in a reliable car. You will always get compliments on the ride and the look of the car. The convenience of the remote start is wonderful on hot and cold days! We love thi... Read More

Good Vehicle. By Ken

Could use a little more power. The 3.5L V6 is just not quite enough. However, I'm sure my mileage is much better than if it had a V8, so I'm not really complaining all that much. Otherwise, a very nic... Read More

2010 Ford Explorer Reviews

Great Dependable Suv With All The Creature Comforts You Need. By SS131

What I love about this car is that it has the power third row seating which makes it very easy to accommodate more passengers with the touch of a button.Beautiful interior color combo and the Ford syn... Read More

Lots Of Toys On The Limited Awd By goldy

Accelerator responsiveness with the 6 speed transmission and the v8 is lousy. The 6 speed wants to be in 2nd when starting and shifts very quickly to 6th even when going only 30mph.6 speed is only goo... Read More

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