2003 Ford Explorer NBX 4.0L
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Engine

Gas/Ethanol V6

MPG (City/Highway)

15/21

Safety Ratings

MSRP

$32,425

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Summary

The 2003 Ford Explorer NBX 4.0L is a redesigned and re-engineered SUV that offers a more solid stance and improved ride and handling compared to its predecessor. It comes with a V6 engine, which was revised the previous year, and has the option to upgrade to a V8. Both engine options are available with a five-speed automatic transmission. The Explorer can comfortably seat seven people when equipped with the optional third row, which can be folded flat into the cargo floor when not in use. Ford has also added more standard equipment and new options for the 2003 model year, including the AdvanceTrac electronic stability system and a rear-seat DVD system.

2003 Ford Explorer NBX 4.0L price

Base MSRP

$32,425

Delivery charges

$645

Invoice price

Total price

NHTSA Crash Test Overall Ratings

Based on the combine ratings of frontal, side and rollover.
Should ONLY be compared to other vehicle of similar size and weight

Overall Rollover Rating

Driver's

Passenger's

Side Barrier Rating Driver

Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

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2003 Ford Explorer NBX 4.0L warranty

Basic (months/miles)

36/36,000

Corrosion perforation (months/miles)

60/unlimited

Powertrain (months/miles)

36/36,000

Roadside assistance (months/miles)

36/36,000

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2003 Ford Explorer NBX 4.0L Colors

Interior Colors
Medium Parchment w/Luxury Leather Bucket Seats
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Exterior Colors
Red Fire Clearcoat Metallic
True Blue Clearcoat Metallic
Medium Wedgewood Blue Clearcoat Metallic
Aspen Green Clearcoat Metallic
Estate Green Clearcoat Metallic...
Black Clearcoat
Oxford White Clearcoat

Engine

Type Gas/Ethanol V6
Drive Type 4-Wheel Drive
Horsepower (rpm) 5,100
Horsepower (hp) 210
Torque (rpm) 3,700
Torque Lb (ft) 254

Fuel

Tank Capacity (gal) 22.50
Tank Capacity (lit) 85.16

Mileage

EPA City Economy 15
EPA Highway Economy 21
EPA Combined Economy 17
Cruising Range City (mi) 337.5
Cruising Range Hwy (mi) 472.5

Transmission

Type Automatic
Number Of Speeds 5
Description Automatic w/OD
First Gear Ratio 3.25
Second Gear Ratio 2.44
Third Gear Ratio 1.55
Fourth Gear Ratio 1
Fifth Gear Ratio 0.75
Reverse Gear Ratio 3.07
Transfer Case Gear Ratio High 1
Transfer Case Gear Ratio Low 2.48
Transfer Case Model Control-Trac

Powertrain

Doors

Seating

Number Of Seats 5
Max Seating Capacity 5

Wheels

Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7
Spare Wheel Material Aluminum
Spare Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7

Exterior dimensions

Overall Length With Rear Bumper (in) 189.50
Overall Width (in) 72.10
Max Width Without Mirrors (in) 72.10
Overhang Front (in) 31.60
Rear Door Openg Height (in) 33.60
Rear Door Openg Width (in) 48.30
Wheelbase (in) 113.80

Interior dimensions

Front Head Room (in) 39.90
Rear Head Room (in) 38.90
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.10
Rear Shoulder Room (in) 58.90
Front Hip Room (in) 55
Rear Hip Room (in) 54.20
Front Leg Room (in) 42.40
Rear Leg Room (in) 35.90
Cargo Volume To Seat1 (cu.ft) 86.20
Cargo Volume To Seat2 (cu.ft) 48.60
Floor To Seat1 Cargo Area Length (in) 73.50
Floor To Seat2 Cargo Area Length (in) 41.40
Beltle Cargo Area Width (in) 48.30
Cargo Box Wheelhousgs Width (in) 45.30

Weights

Curb Weight As Spec'D (lb) 4,449
Payload As Spec'D (lb) 1,111
Curb Weight (lb) 4,449
Curb Weight Front (lb) 2,370
Curb Weight Rear (lb) 2,079
Gross Axle Weight Rating (lb) 5,800
Gross Combined Weight Rating (lb) 8,000
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lb) 5,560
Max Payload Capacity (lb) 1,111
Option Weight Front (lb) 0
Option Weight Rear (lb) 0
Total Option Weight (lb) 0

Steering

Type Power Rack & Pinion
Turning Diameter Curb To Curb (ft) 36.80
Turning Diameter Wall To Wall (ft) 38.40
Turning Radius Curb To Curb (ft) 18.40
Turning Radius Wall To Wall (ft) 19.20

Trailering

Max Tongue Dead Weight Hitch (lb) 340
Max Trailer Dead Weight Hitch (lb) 3,400

Braking

Type Pwr
Primary Abs System 4-Wheel
Front Disc Yes
Rear Disc Yes
Front Brake Rotor Dia (in) 12.01
Front Brake Rotor Thickness (in) 0.37
Rear Brake Rotor Dia (in) 11.85
Rear Brake Rotor Thickness (in) 0.37

Tires

Front Tire Size P245/65R17
Rear Tire Size P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size P245/65R17
Type All-Terrain

Suspensions

Front Type Coil spring
Rear Type Coil spring
Front Axle Independent SLA
Rear Axle Independent SLA

Emissions

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  • Recall Date 05/11/2009

    Campaign ID; 09E025000

    Component Exterior Lighting

    Recall Summary

    Dope, Inc. Is Recalling 42,540 Combination Corner And Bumper Lamp Assemblies Of Various Part Numbers Sold For Use As Aftermarket Equipment For Various Passenger Vehicles. These Headlamps Fail To Conform To The Requirements Of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, And Associated Equipment." These Lamps Do Not Contain The Required Amber Side Reflectors.

    Recall Consequences

    Decreased Lighting Visibility May Result In A Vehicle Crash.

    Recall Remedy

    Dope, Inc. Will Notify Owners And Offer A Full Refund For The Noncompliant Combination Lamps. The Safety Recall Began On July 28, 2009. Owners May Contact Dope, Inc. At 1-626-272-1798.

  • Recall Date 04/07/2009

    Campaign ID; 09E012000

    Component Exterior Lighting

    Recall Summary

    Sabersport Is Recalling 16,270 Combination Corner And Bumper Lamp Assemblies Of Various Part Numbers Sold For Use As Aftermarket Equipment For Various Passenger Vehicles. These Headlamps Fail To Conform To The Requirements Of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices, And Associated Equipment." These Lamps Do Not Contain The Required Amber Side Reflectors.

    Recall Consequences

    Decreased Lighting Visibility May Result In A Vehicle Crash.

    Recall Remedy

    Sabersport Will Notify Owners And Offer A Full Refund For The Noncompliant Combination Lamps. The Safety Recall Began On May 11, 2009. Owners May Contact Sabersport At 1-909-598-7589.

  • Recall Date 12/11/2007

    Campaign ID; 07E104000

    Component Visibility

    Recall Summary

    Certain Curved Tempered Replacement Glass Manufactured By Hangzhou Safety Glass Ltd And Supplied To Safelite By Auto Temp Inc., Identified As Dot-430, And Sold For Use On Certain Domestic And Foreign Vehicles May Not Break Into Small Pieces As Expected Of Tempered Glass And Fails To Conform To Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205, "Glazing Materials."

    Recall Consequences

    In The Event Of A Vehicle Crash, The Occupant(S) May Be Seriously Injured By Shattered Glass.

    Recall Remedy

    Safelite Will Notify Its Retail Customers And Replace The Glass Free Of Charge. Retail Customers Can Contact Safelite Toll Free At 1-888-843-2906. Safelite Will Notify Its Wholesale Customers And Reimburse Wholesale Customers For Current Inventory And At A Specified Rate For Replacing Their Customer'S Glass. Wholesale Customers Can Contact Safelite'S Wholesale Division, Service Autoglass Toll Free At 1-888-246-6298. The Recall Began On January 15, 2008.

  • Recall Date 05/24/2006

    Campaign ID; 06E049000

    Component Exterior Lighting

    Recall Summary

    Certain Ck Motorsports Combination Headlights, Clear Corner, Bumper, And Side Marker Lights Sold As Replacement Lamps For Use On The Passenger Vehicles Listed Above. Some Combination Lamps That Are Not Equipped With Amber Side Reflectors Fail To Conform To Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, Lamps, Reflective Devices, And Associated Equipment.

    Recall Consequences

    Without The Amber Reflectors, The Vehicle Will Be Poorly Illuminated, Possibly Resulting In A Vehicle Crash Without Warning.

    Recall Remedy

    Ck Motorsport Will Notify Owners And Replace The Noncompliant Lamps Free Of Charge. The Recall Began On July 1, 2006. Owners May Contact Ck Motorsport At 1-909-610-7211.

  • Recall Date 03/23/2006

    Campaign ID; 06E026000

    Component Exterior Lighting

    Recall Summary

    Certain Pro-A Motors Corner Lamps, Turn Signals, And Headlights Sold As Replacement Lamps For Use On Certain Passenger Vehicles Listed Above. Some Combination Lamps That Are Not Equipped With Amber Side Reflectors Fail To Conform To Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 108, Lamps, Reflective Devices, And Associated Equipment.

    Recall Consequences

    Without The Amber Reflectors, The Vehicle Will Be Poorly Illuminated, Possibly Resulting In A Vehicle Crash Without Warning.

    Recall Remedy

    Pro-A Motors Will Notify Owners And Offer To Repurchase The Lamps. The Recall Began On April 3, 2006. Owners May Contact Pro-A Motors At 323-838-2988.

  • Recall Date 09/13/2004

    Campaign ID; 04V442000

    Component Structure

    Recall Summary

    On Certain Sport Utility Vehicles, The Liftgate Glass Strut May Become Disengaged Or The Hinge May Fracture Allowing The Glass To Fall And Possibly Break.

    Recall Consequences

    If The Hinge Should Fracture, There Is A Potential For The Glass To Fall And Ultimately Break And Personal Injuries Could Occur.

    Recall Remedy

    Dealers Will Have The Liftgate Glass Strut Brackets And Glass Hinges Replaced. For The Vehicles Built From August 1, 2000 Through March 3, 2002, The Dealers Will Replace The Hinges And Liftgate Strut Bracket. On Vehicles Built From March 3, 2002 Through June 23, 2003, The Dealers Will Only Replace The Hinges. The Recall Began On September 30, 2004. A Postcard Was Sent To Owners On December 27, 2004, Advising Them That Parts Are Now Available. Owners Should Contact Ford At 1-800-392-3673.

  • Recall Date 03/07/2003

    Campaign ID; 03V094000

    Component Structure

    Recall Summary

    Certain Pickup Truck, Van, And Mini Van Conversions Equipped With Southern Comfort Built Running Boards That Contain Certain Courtesy Lights Manufactured By American Technology Components, Inc. These Units Contain A Courtesy Light Or Lights That Might Overheat When The Wire Harness Is Exposed To Excessive Moisture And Road Salt.

    Recall Consequences

    This Overheating Condition Can Cause The Running Board To Melt Or Cause A Fire.

    Recall Remedy

    Dealers Will Replace The Wiring Harness On These Running Boards. Owner Notification Began March 7, 2003. Owners Who Take Their Vehicles To An Authorized Dealer On An Agreed Upon Service Date And Do Not Receive The Free Remedy Within A Reasonable Time Should Contact Southern Comfort At 1-800-745-6096.

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