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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-17-14, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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Buying a 2003 explorer limited

Have a question know a guy selling a 2003 ford explorer for 1500 since it needs work. The airbag light is on, guy says it will need trans soon, and 4wd low blinks. Is this a fair price since I know a guy that can fix anything. the truck has 174k

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Re: Buying a 2003 explorer limited

Check valuations here , depending on model . Could be a money pit if more than the faults he's TELLING you about .Also dependant on overall body / interior condition . Better get it checked out thoroughly first .

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Body is in fair shape, some obvious minor damage to passenger front bumper and fender. Interior is clean for most part. I mean every used car is like taking a chance how much work will be needed in the future and 1500 is pretty cheap
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As you say , buying used is a gamble and you could be lucky and have a bargain there . But get it road tested and checked out otherwise the money you save on price could be eaten up on repairs , best of luck .
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I did road test it and it drove and road pretty well
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There should be others on the board shortly , with more experience and knowledge on that vehicle than I , who can maybe advise you on what to lookout for etc .
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I would run away. My personal opinion is the 02- 05 are the worst vehicles made by ford in a long while. If the Trans is going to need work it probably needs the servo bores repaired. Unless he can fix that or you buy the tooling to do so will need a Trans case replaced along with n overhaul. And finding a used one that is good is a crapshoot.


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