Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,655 - $37,000
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
15 City / 21 HWY
Horsepower
210-239
Seats
5-7
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,655 - $37,000
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
15 City / 21 HWY
Horsepower
210-239
Seats
5-7

2003 Ford Explorer Owner Reviews

4.18

222 Reviews

41% 38% 18% 2% 1 star 0%

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The 15 year old Ford Explorer that is truly an Explorer.

When we first got the Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer edition it was awesome! I loved the seat warmers and the dual option air conditioner in the front so each person could choose the temperature they preferred. I loved the second row of back seats that was easily put down for more trunk space and then back up again when we had a lot of people to transport to a game or event. Now that it is been 15 years and it is still our daily driver and most used vehicle. We use it to pull the trailer and to tow other vehicles, especially when another one of our cars had broke down somewhere. I cannot say there is not any issues with it however, the leather seats have started to crack and tear very badly, and the lining on the roof is starting to sag in the front. One of the major concerns k have about the Explorer is the issue with the a/c. It works great until you turn on the ceiling a/c for the back then shortly after doing so the air conditioning for the whole car begins to grow warm and ends up having to be turned off for so long and then put back on after a long and torturous break, which is a problem since we have 11 month old twin boys. The ride has become very bumpy compared to the smooth ride it once had. But other than that I cannot complain too much, the car is 15 years old so I give it credit for handling all it has which includes a big move across several states twice!

- Brittany J

Best I have ever purchased.

It is a great car. Decent gas mileage for a big SUV. It has leather seats which makes it easy to keep clean. Large enough back seat to fit 3 car seats. Lots of trunk space. Very reliable. The settings on the side of the seat allow you to adjust for a perfect, comfortable fit. The car is almost 20 years old and the a/c still blows cold air likes it is brand new and that is extremely important when living in a very warm weather state. It is also very safe. We were in an accident last year where someone quickly switched lanes without checking their blind spot and hit us. Almost no damage was done to our (just some scratches about the size of my hand) vehicle while it really tore up the other car. We haven't had a single problem out of the car and we have kept up with regular maintenance.

- Emily G

My 2003 Ford Explorer has over 218, 000 miles on it & runs like a champ.

I bought my 2003 Ford Explorer xlt with a 3rd row and air conditioning in the back on new year's eve 2004. It had 14, 000 miles and it currently has 218, 000 miles and is running great. I have always kept maintenance up with oil changes and good tires. It has so much space for a growing family and has kept up with my big family now with 8 grandkids for more than 10 years. It does get decent gas mileage on the highway but in town, it can use up quite a bit so I do drive slowly as I can to save on gas. I have cloth seats which I prefer over leather seats with Texas heat and the cassette player still works!

- Michelle G

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Compare Models & Key Features

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Key Specs

Overview

MSRP

MSRP
$27,460 - $29,685
$30,200 - $33,225

Horsepower

Horsepower
210 hp
210 - 239 hp

Engine Type

Engine Type
4.0L (245) SOHC SEFI V6 FFV engine
4.0L (245) SOHC SEFI V6 FFV engine
4.6L (281) SOHC SEFI V8 engine
4.6L (281) SOHC V8 ENGINE
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Optional

Alarm

Alarm

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Cruise Control

Cruise Control

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Privacy Glass

Privacy Glass

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
42.4 in.
42.4 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
39.9 in.
39.9 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
35.9 in.
35.9 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
38.9 in.
38.9 in.

Entertainment

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Optional
Optional

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Optional

CD Player

CD Player
Optional
Optional

Heating & Cooling

AC

AC
Optional

Seats

Passengers

Passengers
5 - 7
5 - 7

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Optional

3rd Row Seating

3rd Row Seating
Optional

Pass Through Rear Seat

Pass Through Rear Seat
Optional

Driver Lumbar

Driver Lumbar
Optional
Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum
Aluminum

Running Boards

Running Boards

Dimensions

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
113.8 in.
113.8 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
36.8 ft.
36.8 ft.

Width

Width
72.1 in.
72.1 in.
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Horsepower

Horsepower
210 hp
210 - 239 hp

Torque

Torque
254 ft. lbs.
254 - 282 ft. lbs.

Maximum Tongue Weight

Maximum Tongue Weight
328 - 500 .lbs
328 - 500 .lbs

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Limited Slip Differential

Limited Slip Differential
Optional
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
V6 Cylinder

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
22.5 gal.
22.5 gal.

Combined

Combined
8 - 11 mpg
15 - 10 mpg

City

City
15 mpg
14 - 15 mpg

Highway

Highway
21 mpg
19 mpg
Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire
Conventional Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

Tow Hooks
Optional

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control
Optional

Traction Control

Traction Control
Optional

Rear Parking Sensors

Rear Parking Sensors
Optional

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Optional
Optional

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

    N/A
  • Roof Strength

    N/A
  • Driver-side Overlap Front

    N/A

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety