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2003 Ford Explorer
accessories - interior 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 accessories - interior Problems
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- door ajar light comes on all the time52
- power lock fails9
- visor jammed and cracked6
- instrument panel malfunctioning4
- back up sensor malfunction3
- fuel gauge is innacurate3
- seat heat not working3
- 4x4 high light flashes2
- cracked door panels2
- gear shift lever broke off in my hand2
- gear shifter jams2
- plastic trim breaking2
- cd player not working properly1
- control for mirrors not working1
- cruise control not working1
- defective stereo1
- failure to shift out of park1
- gauges don't work during warm weather1
- interior door panel top is fading1
- mirror light stopped working1
- seat leather tears1
- seat memory doesn't work1
- turn signal not working1
- unable to calibrate compass1
- uncomfortable seat head rest1
- visor fabric tuck issue1
- visor vanity cover broke off1
- wood grain trim breaking loose1
- NHTSA: Seats5
- NHTSA: Equipment2
- NHTSA: Equipment: Electrical2
- NHTSA: Seats: Front Assembly: Power Adjust2
- NHTSA: Seats: Mid/Rear Assembly2
- NHTSA: Child Seat: Harness1
- NHTSA: Electrical System: Instrument Panel1
- NHTSA: Equipment: Electrical: Nav System (GPS)1
- NHTSA: Interior Lighting1
- NHTSA: Seats: Front Assembly: Recliner1
- NHTSA: Seats: Front Assembly: Seat Heater/Cooler1
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