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2003 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4WD

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  • Stock#:
    8783
  • VIN#:
    1FMFU18L53LA92157
  • Engine:
    5.4L 8 Cylinder Engine
  • Exterior Color:
    Oxford White
  • Interior Color:
    Tan
  • Body:
    Sport Utility
  • Transmission:
    Automatic
  • City MPG:
    13
  • Highway MPG:
    17
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Edmunds.com Ratings & Reviews

2003 ford expedition

Consumer Reviews from Edmunds.com

Overall Consumer Ratings
4.3
309 Total Consumer Reviews
5 Star - (61%)
4 Star - (25%)
3 Star - (9%)
2 Star - (5%)
1 Star - (1%)

Edmunds.com Consumer Rating (out of 5)

PERFORMANCE
4.4
COMFORT
4.7
INTERIOR
4.5
RELIABILITY
4.3
VALUE
4

Edmunds.com Expert Review

Edmunds Says

The all-new 2003 Expedition looks to be class leader in the large SUV segment.

What's New

Ford's full-size SUV sports changes inside and out. Outside, the Expedition looks bigger and bolder. Some of its new styling cues, such as the egg-crate grille and raised hood, are from its little brother, the Explorer. Inside you'll find fold-flat second- and third-row seats, with a power-folding option for the third row. The second row is split-40/20/40 enabling the middle section to slide forward. The Eddie Bauer package has an in-dash six-disc changer (optional on the XLT) and steering wheel-mounted stereo and climate controls, as well as an optional DVD player, navigation system and heated-cooled seats.

But the big changes are the ones you can't readily see. Underneath the skin a double-wishbone independent rear suspension system and a rack and pinion steering configuration improve road handling. AdvanceTrac stability control, along with ControlTrac four-wheel-drive system and an increased width of 1.7 inches should help keep the rubber down and the shiny side up.

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PROS

Excellent interior design and comfort, wide-ranging versatility, impressive hauling capabilities, improved handling abilities, great crash test scores.

Introduction

A general sense of dissatisfaction spread over Fordland in the mid-'90s when it realized that GM held a monopoly on full-size SUVs with its Chevy Tahoe and Suburban. With SUV sales booming and consumer trends pointing toward a desire for bigger and more powerful vehicles capable of hauling as many as nine passengers or more than 100 cubic feet of cargo, Ford found itself without a competitive edge in a hot market niche. When the redesigned F-Series pickup debuted for 1997, Ford engineered a proper large SUV on its platform. The Expedition was introduced with much fanfare that same year, finding favor among buyers whose only other choices were GM SUVs built on the decade-old C/K pickup frame. The Expedition was stiffer, powered by more modern overhead cam engines, and sized to slot nicely between the SUV twins from Chevrolet and GMC. Instantly popular, the Expedition became one of Ford's hottest sellers. But when GM redesigned the Silverado and Sierra pickups for 1999, new Tahoes, Yukons and Suburbans were also released into the marketplace. The revamped Chevys and GMCs could all carry nine, and as an added benefit, the rearmost seats in the Tahoe and Yukon were easier to remove because they were split and lighter in weight. Additionally, the GM pushrod V8 engines were tweaked for more power and refinement, and were worlds ahead of the comparatively weak Ford power plants. Then Toyota entered the fray with the eight-passenger Sequoia SUV, powered by a creamy-smooth, Lexus-sourced 4.7-liter V8 engine. Based on the Tundra pickup, the Sequoia wore a sticker with a price premium, but consumers wanted that virtual guarantee of reliability that comes along with the Toyota nameplate, and they lined up to buy the hulking new SUV. Shortly after the debut of the Tundra, Expedition sales were propped up with lease subsidies and rebates. Special-edition trim packages were also offered to spawn interest. It was, at just four years of age, the oldest design in its segment. But Ford was already hard at work on creating a replacement. The 2003 Expedition is almost entirely new, carrying over only parts that the buyer cannot see. Bigger, more comfortable, more refined and easier to drive, the redesigned Expedition competes favorably with the SUVs from General Motors and Toyota, offering creature comforts not found in competing vehicles. If the new Expedition has an Achilles' heel, it is that the powertrains are virtually carried over from the previous model with no power upgrades. Still, there is plenty to like about the new super-sized SUV from Ford, and those shopping for such a vehicle will certainly want to take it under consideration.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

Four trim levels are available. The base model, the XLT Value is your basic, no-frills workhorse that comes with a CD player, air conditioning, a flip-up rear hatch window and power-adjustable pedals. The Popular package will add running boards, rear-seat climate controls and auto-dimming mirrors. Step up to the Premium package to get power seats covered in leather and a floor console. To go hog wild, choose the Eddie Bauer package with a trip computer, automatic climate control, a reverse sensing system and an in-dash six-disc CD changer. Most of these items are available as stand-alone options. Other goodies include a CD-based navigation system, DVD entertainment system, a power fold third-row seat, heated-cooled front seats and tire-pressure monitors. All four of these trim levels can be had with the 4.6-liter or 5.4-liter power plants, whose power can be delivered to the two front or all four wheels.

Powertrains and Performance

The Expedition's standard 4.6-liter V8 makes 232 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. Step up to the bigger 5.4-liter mill, and you'll be rewarded with 260 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Numerous refinements for 2003 render both engines extremely smooth and quiet, but they still lack the punch of GM's more powerful Vortec V8s. A four-speed automatic continues as the sole transmission. A heavy-duty rear differential gives the Expedition a maximum tow rating of 8,900 pounds, the highest in its class.

Safety

Last year's Expedition received double five-star ratings in front crash tests, so we expect that this year's will score the same. All Expedition's come standard with four-wheel ABS-equipped disc brakes enhanced with Electronic BrakeAssist and Brakeforce Distribution. Optional safety systems include a tire-pressure monitor system, and a class-exclusive Safety Canopy System that provides side- and head-impact protection for both the first- and second-row passengers. Eddie Bauer and FX4 models also offer the AdvanceTrac stability and traction control system.

Interior Design and Special Features

You can choose to equip your Expedition with second-row captain's chairs, which will seat eight or the bench seat to accommodate nine. Choosing the bench seat will allow you to scoot the middle section forward due to the 40/20/40-split configuration design. Most of the gee-whiz features, like the power-folding third-row seat and the entertainment and navigation systems, are available on the Premium trim and Eddie Bauer edition only, but getting either of those is a lot more economical than springing for a Lincoln Navigator.

Driving Impressions

The all-new independent suspension and rack and pinion steering system have dramatically improved the Expedition's handling dynamics. It still feels like a big SUV, but the excessive body roll and numb steering of last year's model are gone. The stiffer frame and body shell combined with the reworked suspension and reduced noise levels makes this Expedition a very comfortable cruiser. The 5.4-liter engine still lacks punch, but noise and vibration levels are down there, too, so at least it feels more refined underfoot. It's not as nimble as the Sequoia or as fast as the Tahoe, but it's smooth, quiet and capable enough to make a great family vehicle.

This Vehicle Includes These Added Value Features!

  • Climate Control
  • Leather Seats
  • Rear A/C
  • Running Boards/Side Steps

Factory Installed Options

  • 5.4L (330) SOHC SEFI V8 "TRITON" ENGINE
    • 8 Cylinder Engine
    • Gasoline Fuel

Standard Equipment at time of original manufacture release.

Convenience & Comfort
  • A/C
  • Adjustable Steering Wheel
  • Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror
  • Automatic Headlights
  • Climate Control
  • Cruise Control
  • Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror
  • Driver Vanity Mirror
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Floor Mats
  • Fog Lamps
  • Front Reading Lamps
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Intermittent Wipers
  • Keyless Entry
  • Leather Steering Wheel
  • Luggage Rack
  • Mirror Memory
  • Multi-Zone A/C
  • Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror
  • Passenger Vanity Mirror
  • Power Door Locks
  • Power Mirror(s)
  • Power Outlet
  • Power Steering
  • Power Windows
  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear A/C
  • Rear Defrost
  • Rear Parking Aid
  • Rear Reading Lamps
  • Steering Wheel Audio Controls
  • Trip Computer
  • Universal Garage Door Opener
  • Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers
Drivetrain & Engine
  • Four Wheel Drive
  • Gasoline Fuel
Entertainment
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • CD Changer
  • CD Player
  • Premium Sound System
  • Rear Seat Audio Controls
Safety
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • ABS
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Tow Hooks
Seat & Trim
  • 3rd Row Seat
  • Bucket Seats
  • Driver Adjustable Lumbar
  • Leather Seats
  • Pass-Through Rear Seat
  • Passenger Adjustable Lumbar
  • Power Driver Seat
  • Seat Memory
Tires & Wheels
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Conventional Spare Tire
Trailering
  • Tow Hitch
Truck
  • Running Boards/Side Steps

Featured Equipment below have been confirmed on vehicle today. Additional equipment not listed may still be available.

Installed Features
  • 11-oz front/8-oz rear floor carpeting
  • 130-amp alternator
  • 28.0 gallon fuel tank
  • 3275# capacity front coil springs/4128# capacity rear coil springs
  • 3350# capacity front axle/4128# capacity rear axle
  • 5.4L (330) SOHC SEFI V8 "Triton" engine
  • 72 amp/hr (650-CCA) maintenance-free battery w/battery saver feature
  • Analog instrumentation-inc: voltmeter, oil pressure, water temp, speedometer, odometer, tachometer, fuel level
  • Arizona Beige lower body-side cladding
  • Arizona Beige wheellip molding
  • Assist handles-inc: (1) front passenger, (2) second row
  • Autolamp feature-inc: auto on-off headlamp w/delay
  • Black pwr heated fold-away signal mirrors-inc: security approach lamps, 2- position memory feature
  • Body-color door handles
  • Child-proof rear door locks
  • Coat hooks-inc: (2) second row, (2) 3rd row
  • Color-keyed Arizona beige running boards
  • Color-keyed cloth headliner
  • Color-keyed lap/shoulder safety belts w/Beltminder system-inc: buckle pretensioners, load-limiting retractors
  • Color-keyed leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Complete solar-tinted glass
  • Concealed antenna in RH quarter glass
  • Cruise control
  • Cup holders-inc: (2) front/(2) rear in front console, (4) door trim panels, (3) rear quarter trim panels
  • Double wishbone front suspension w/coil-over shock
  • Driver & front passenger airbags-inc: driver seat position & load severity sensing
  • Dual color-keyed cloth sunvisors w/aux visors, dual illuminated mirrors
  • Electrochromic rearview mirror
  • Fog lamps
  • Front & rear door map pockets
  • Front tow hooks
  • Front/2nd row adjustable shoulder belt height
  • Front/rear 12-oz carpeted floor mats
  • Front/rear outboard head restraints
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • Gas-charged shock absorbers
  • Head restraints at all outboard seating positions
  • Homelink universal transmitter
  • Independent rear suspension
  • Integrated class IV trailer towing receiver-inc: 4-pin & 7-pin connectors
  • Locking glove box
  • Luggage rack w/cross bars
  • Message center-inc: million mile odometer, trip odometer, average fuel economy, distance to empty, trip elapsed time, outside temp, compass, engine oil life, door/liftgate ajar
  • Painted body-color upper/Arizona Beige lower front/rear step bumpers
  • Privacy glass-inc: rear doors, rear quarter windows, liftgate window
  • Pwr 4-wheel disc brakes
  • Pwr accessory delay
  • Pwr adjustable accelerator/brake pedals w/2-position memory
  • Rear liftgate w/flip-up glass
  • Rear window defroster
  • Reverse sensing system
  • Satin Nickel grille
  • Second row map lights
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system
  • Side intrusion door beams
  • Steel spare wheel
  • Theatre dimming feature
  • Tilt steering column
  • Underbody-mounted full size all-season BSW spare tire w/crank down feature
  • Variable assist pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Warning lights-inc: door ajar, fasten seat belts, anti-lock brakes, cruise control, airbag, engine check, high beams, parking brake, low fuel/washer fluid, turn signal, charge system, OD off, check gauges
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