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2003 Ford Explorer
seat belts / air bags 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 seat belts / air bags Problems
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- airbag light on3
- elasticity is lost and seat belts3
- seat belts do not retract3
- airbags didn't deploy in accident1
- seat belt unlatches on its own1
- NHTSA: Air Bags26
- NHTSA: Air Bags: Frontal20
- NHTSA: Seat Belts8
- NHTSA: Seat Belts: Front: Retractor4
- NHTSA: Seat Belts: Front2
- NHTSA: Air Bags: Frontal: Sensor/Control Module1
- NHTSA: Air Bags: Side/Window1
- NHTSA: Seat Belts: Integrated Child Seat1
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