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I am about to buy a 2003 Ford Explorer in a week or 2 and I have been doing a little bit of research on the vehicle, but I want to read more so can use tell me something, anything the pros the cons specialy New Zealand experiences. We live in Auckland (NZL) and I have 3 boys, 5yrs and under and we do abit of travelling droping the kids off at school and what not and when it is hoilday time we travel all over the country. Our last vehicle we did 100k in 5yrs and mercahnic told me that was alot. Our vehicle wasn't really good for that sort of stuff (mitsi chariot 1998). I don't mind paying for gas that is not really a problem for me but I would like to know the consumption rate. Also in your opinion which V6 Explorer (which year model) would you buy and same question for a V8 THANX

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  • fixorpay Feb 18, 2009

    I own a 2003 explorer with 135,000 and had the transmission replaced at about 100K. This was about $4K to replace. Ford has terrible coverage on its drive train. The engine a V6 runs strong but I would opt for a newer Ford explorer where the bumper to bumper coverage is better. I found Ford explorers are notorious for transmission problems. Check it out online. The guy who replaced mine told me American cars are his bread and butter when it comes to transmission work, and he noted he had replaced many explorer transmissions.Some as early as 30K. Good Luck, my next vehicle just might be foreign.

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All of my vehicles are Fords and I would recommend both of them. they both will hold up to the miles and both are dependable vehicles I am here in Michigan USA and I am also looking for an explorer because of the winters we have had here lately

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If you go to www.edmunds.com you can look at any vehicle, and review all issues with that vehicle, I love it, anytime I buy a vehicle, I check there for recalls, gas milage, etc. Hope that helps.

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