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2003 Ford Explorer
AC / heater Problems
CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2003 Ford Explorer one of our worst vehicles on record. "Avoid like the plague" is putting it lightly.
The 2002-2005 Explorer has a very well-established record of expensive transmission failure at under 100k miles. The Explorer has an enclosed transmission which is typically replaced with a rebuilt transmission at a cost of almost $3,000.
Another common problem for the 2002-2003 Explorer is wheel bearing failure at around 90k miles, with a typical repair bill of $500 to $1000 depending on how many wheel bearings failed.
Adding insult to injury, the 2002-2005 Explorer also has a massive problem with the rear panel cracking. While it's a minor annoyance compared to transmission failure, ironically the crack usually goes right through the Ford logo.
Worst 2003 Explorer AC / heater Problems
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- temperature blend door broke25
- blower makes clicking noise22
- ac not working properly10
- heater stopped working10
- air conditioning failed6
- blower fan is weak even on high setting6
- blower makes banging sound4
- loud noise from engine compartment2
- a/c compresser exploded1
- a/c switches from vent to dash1
- unpleasant and annoying smell1
- NHTSA: Equipment: Air Conditioner3
- NHTSA: Equipment: Electrical: Air Conditioner1
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