2003 Ford Explorer Sport Overview

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2003 Ford Explorer Sport Overview

The 2003 Ford Explorer Sport was a lame-duck model; Ford had announced its plans to discontinue the two-door Explorer Sport, which no longer really had any unique selling qualities in an overcrowded SUV marketplace.

The flagship Explorer was still selling like mad, and the smaller Escape had pretty much eclipsed the Explorer Sport's market share, so the guys in Dearborn decided they'd pull the plug after the 2003 model year.

With this in mind, there were no significant changes made to the 2003 Explorer Sport. Two trimlines were offered, XLS and XLT, rather than the selection of options packages that had been available in previous model years. Buyers also had a choice of rear-wheel or four-wheel drive.

The '03 Ford Explorer Sport wasn't distinguished by its power; its 4.0 liter, single overhead cam V6 put out 205 horsepower and 240 lb.-ft. of torque. Gas mileage clocked at 15 mpg city, 20 mpg highway.

The short half-life of the Ford Explorer Sport ended not with a bang, but a whimper. It really was the little SUV that got left behind.


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    Can I use the pcm from another Ford ?,an if so what Ford will interchange with my Ford explorer xlt sport 2003

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    I'm lost first thing I noticed was my head lights brights work driver low beam didn't changed bulb still no low beam on driver side also my half my cluster dosnt light up my cruise control will fl...

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    My suv only drives in third gear. What's could be causing this?

    1 view with 1 answer (last answer 3 months ago)

    Hard To Start?

    I just bought a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport XLT 4.0, it was having trouble starting and burning through gas. Realized the air filter was incredibly dirty, to the point I assume the previous owner nev...

    10 views with 1 answer (last answer 5 months ago)
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    I'm having a problem with my 03 explorer to start. I started it up and backed it out of carport, turned car off to load stuff and now it wont start. Everything cranks over, dash lights work, door ...

    15 views with 3 answers (last answer 7 months ago)