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2003 Ford Explorer
windows / windshield 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 windows / windshield Problems
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- power windows stop working29
- rear window exploded12
- rear window hinge fractured, window fell11
- cracked rear window4
- hatch glass flies open while driving2
- rear hatchback window hinges broke2
- back wiper is not working1
- drains are leaking into vehicle1
- glass becoming etched1
- malfunctioning wiper motor1
- rear window cracked1
- rear windshield wiper not working1
- washer fluid sprayer not working1
- wind noise from closed window1
- window closing hard1
- NHTSA: Visibility: Glass, Side/Rear20
- NHTSA: Visibility11
- NHTSA: Visibility: Power Window Devices And Controls7
- NHTSA: Visibility: Windshield3
- NHTSA: Visibility: Windshield Wiper/Washer1
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