This needs to be recalled and addressed, and anyone who was stuck with the outrageous bill should be reimbursed and compensated for the pain in the ass caused by Fraud Motor Company screwing us! Now not sure what to do with the car. I am very disappointed to read that Ford allegedly used a nylon part that would eventually wear causing extreme damage to the motor. My second car is a 97 van that I have had since 03 and that works better then the 03 ford explorer. Took to mechanic and he said motor was shot. Apparently this is a very common occurrence that probably will happen to all 4. Driving today and the same thing has happened again with the blue smoke. The mechanic looked at me and said I know what is wrong your engine just died.
Again this is alleged and not accusations but it's a shame when you read over and over the same results! Where's a class action lawsuit when you need one? A total rebuild turns out to be more costly because the engine is so complicated and defective internals are totally inaccessible without pulling the motor anyway. Just the labor bill alone, totals out the whole car!! Now I'm without a work vehicle with a little over 174000. Anyway, my Ford Explorer was a total loss. Went to pick it up and it wouldn't start. I pulled over and it died.
I guess mine was lucky to last as long as it did at 176 k miles. So we come to the disposition and end results of this costly and deeply emotional issue. Ford Company I'm done buying your vehicles. I changed my oil on time and the motor never burned any oil, most of my mileage was freeway. I wish there was a way that I could talk to Bill Ford person to person ,I would tell him I will never ever but another Ford as long as I live. I am now working out of my wife's 2003 Avalon : Just a recap: While stuck in highway traffic my 2003 Ford Explorer Limited with 202,000 miles synthetic oil changes every 3,000 miles gave no indication of trouble just stopped. When the engine was cold and you accelerated the temperature gauge would spike and the engine light would come on.
Certainly I can make a credible thought process for this fact and it goes with out saying what that would be! I have read that other people experienced this at as little as 60,000 miles! The exhaust smelled of un-burnt gasoline, smoke came from the tail pipe, the whole vehicle was shaking from the unstable idle, and then it just died. This would last for a few seconds and after the car leveled out the temperature gauge would go back to normal. I'm ready to trade my 2009 Ford truck in for something else, but not a Ford. Thank God it was a back road to my parents and not the highway. Based on all the reviews of this ford junk even with a new engine something else would break. Prognosis: To continue alliance with the Ford Motor Company and it's defective irresponsibility is no longer an option for us now or ever in the future.
What a waist of money. One Saturday, I drove it 10 mi. Do we scrap or try to salvage. The mechanic did a diagnostic test and it confirmed what he originally told me. I can't believe this piece of crap left me stranded, an hour away from home at 3:00 in the morning, after having it for just three months! I got regular service for it. If you can't make a car to last beyond that, then you're obviously in the wrong business! I took it on vacations to Maryland. Had a friend mechanic take a look at it and after 3 weeks they gave up and said it must be the engine or jumped time.
At this point, I will never buy another Ford anything. The only choice I was left with, was a total engine replacement, with an engine from a newer model year after the problem was finally addressed by Ford. It will actually run fine on 87 octane even though some may recommend a higher octane. I really loved this suv. Who else is out there is having such horrifying problems? If Ford has put out a recall on this particular part it would be a great financial help to my cause. I used it for around town and about 5 miles both ways to work. Tried restarting it and it did but sounded like horrible.
There were a few times I had trouble starting it, but I thought it was ok. It all started with my usual 50 mile commute to work. Buy anything but a Ford product! Purchased used with 32,000 mi and now has less than 60,000 mi. When my Ford arrived at my destination and was started, the engine literally blew up. The computer will automatically adjust the timing to optimize performance and the higher price for 88 or 89 will never be made up in improved gas mileage. Seemed very minor and wasn't an issue. I found an aluminum tubing that comes out of the firewall turns right and the follows the passenger side fender all the way to the radiator.
Now they say to tear down the motor to even look at the chain will be very costly. We are now officially two 2 time losers with Ford and there will be no third 3rd time charm! As I pulled the vehicle into the mechanic shop it stopped and refuse to turn over. I try to start it and all it would do is fart a couple times. Either way the repair sounds costly. I was told the car was ok even though it was sold as is. I need a new engine after 99K miles, what a joke.
Attempts to get assistance from Ford Motor Company were fruitless. I was also informed by several mechanics that the 2003 ford explorer had engine problems when it rolled off the assembly line. To those of you in the market for a new or used vehicle, I strongly urge you to stay away from Ford products. Suggestions: The only thing a consumer can due is to research every aspect of buying a vehicle new or used. I had to leave it there and find another ride.