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Old 08-11-2014, 03:44 PM
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need help ,looking to buy an 03 explorer

Can I get some pointers on what to look for ,when buying an 03 explorer 4x4 with the 4.6 v-8?

What problemes do they have?

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Make sure you have proper air flow out of the A/C ducts..
Blend door(s) tend to go bad and there are a number of cheap 'solutions' but you might be able to claim the $900 dealer repair price to get the price down.

I had the air inlet door (controls recirculate or fresh air) fall down and essentially block all air flow on my '04 Explorer. Others have bend door (controls blending of hot/cold air) to maintain the set temp, since it's almost constantly adjusting you can imagine why/how it fails..
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Thats good thanks!!! any timming chain trouble with the 4.6?
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The 4.6L V8 is pretty trouble-free, no timing chain issues. The 5-speed automatic transmission though is less trouble-free so pay attention during the test drive for any strange shifts or harsh engagement in to reverse.

Rear wheel bearings are another fairly common wear point that you might which to have inspected.

Also check for a door ajar indication and make sure the interior lights work as expected (versus someone just pulling a fuse for the interior lights). Worn door switches are pretty common to cause the door ajar indication. Additionally, make sure all the power windows, door locks, and driver's door speaker work from the driver's door, both open and closed. Broken wires between the driver's door and cabin are somewhat common and could act up with the door in either the open or the closed positions.

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The 4.6L V8 is pretty trouble-free, no timing chain issues. The 5-speed automatic transmission though is less trouble-free so pay attention during the test drive for any strange shifts or harsh engagement in to reverse.

Rear wheel bearings are another fairly common wear point that you might which to have inspected.

Also check for a door ajar indication and make sure the interior lights work as expected (versus someone just pulling a fuse for the interior lights). Worn door switches are pretty common to cause the door ajar indication. Additionally, make sure all the power windows, door locks, and driver's door speaker work from the driver's door, both open and closed. Broken wires between the driver's door and cabin are somewhat common and could act up with the door in either the open or the closed positions.

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This is good THANKS , anyone else have anything?
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see if the rear axle and transmission have had oil changes. How may miles ?
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see if the rear axle and transmission have had oil changes. How may miles ?

its a 125th mile truck ,He said he had all the fluids changed when he got it ,6 mounths ago



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