2003 Ford Mustang User Reviews

2003 Ford Mustang Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 113 reviews

  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Appearance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"power" 48 reviews
"ride" 47 reviews
"speed" 29 reviews
"handling" 23 reviews
"fuel economy" 19 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 22 reviews
"space" 8 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"expensive car" 6 reviews
"interior" 4 reviews

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MitsyPuppy writes:
2003 Ford Mustang Deluxe Convertible Review
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Performs, handles, and looks great

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Not a winter beater :D

MitsyPuppy
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It's A Mustang. Nuff Said. — Most people on here have reviewed the v8 flavor of Ford's 2003 beast. That's great - I wish I could have afforded one ;) Instead, I had to settle for a 3.8 v6 with a reconstructed title thanks to some 16 yr old who crashed practically right after driving it off the lot. Nonetheless, this vehicle has become the love of my life. If you come across this little blurb of mine in a state of bewilderment as to the number of cylinders you want churning, let me just say that the v6 can hold its own. I bought this car primarily for the looks, but have been pleasantly surprised by its pick up during hard acceleration. Of course, it's not a GT, but if you really punch the gas this baby will roar it's way past Grandpa Slowsky in no time. But let me just say that's the only time your going to get much sound out of your sixer. This doesn't really bother me because in all honesty, I prefer a quieter ride. Another reason this car is fantastic is it's handling. Even at speeds of 70+ on Midwest interstates, I feel comfortable resting one arm on the window in the passing lane. My mom's 4 banger FWD can't go much higher than 65 without the driver having to make a genuine effort to hold the wheel steady and stay in lane without being blown off the highway by the corresponding rush of air. The Mustang, however, seems to have a nice "driving on flypaper" effect and remains tight even at top speeds. Unfortunately, the car fails in it's ability to handle winter weather. If it snows more than two inches, I wouldn't even think of taking the 'stang out. Traction control is a joke. By the time it kicks in, you're already sliding off the road and it doesn't seem to do much of anything anyway. I found this all out the hard way by driving to work in our first snowstorm. Thankfully, AAA saved my rear on the way home :) I give it a 4/5 for build quality not because of failed engine components but because of the some of the exterior and interior cosmetics. "Cheapo" plastic details are a bit too common for my liking, but other than that the car looks great. Leather seating is terrific and the mustang logo graces the windshield, steering wheel, glove box, and front seats. The outside contains enough lines and curves to maintain the Mustang's classic mix of sport and muscle yet it isn't overkill. I have also found that Ford's clear coat is not as "hard" as some other makes. I use all the safe washing practices and am sure to use drying towels that are only as clean as a pastor's bed sheets, yet have found my 'stang to be covered in new swirl marks all the time. Nothing a good coat of show car glaze and wax can't fix, however. Gas mileage in the city isn't horrendous, but it isn't anything to brag about either. I average about 18. Highway driving is much better. I've driven from Philly to Chicago on just about 3 tanks. 61,000 miles and I've never had a major mechanical problem. Just a word of advice, however. Don't install those aftermarket remote starters - nothing but trouble ;D All in all, if you're looking for a solid performer that looks great, this Mustang can't be beat. Even if it's "just a v6" I think you'll be happy with it's acceleration capabilities unless you're a real speed demon. Then, by all means, go with a GT or even a Mach 1.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Phil writes:
2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Review
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Low End Torque for Launching

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Spin Outs, Not a good daily driver for MPG or stop and go

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For Experienced Driver — Only recommended if you have high level of car experience and high power rear wheel drive car time. Also since its modded and will continue to be, its 32value block eats power so make sure you know what your doing.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Matthew writes:
2003 Ford Mustang GT Premium Review
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one reason - V8 torque

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I can't really think of any...

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I Love My Mustang, It's Confortable, Powerful, And Surprisingly Fuel Efficient — Performance- good acceleration, braking, and handling Build quality- so far, so good. No problems yet Appearance- I love the styling of the "new edge" Mustangs, perfect blend of modern and retro Cost of ownership- it gets good gas mileage when I don't plant the go pedal. I haven't had any maintenance issues yet. Fun Factor- Even though it's stock, the still V8 roars and it's quick

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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stratacast94 writes:
2003 Ford Mustang GT Deluxe Review
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5

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Fun, looks good, has enough power to have fun, sounds great, comfortable interior, back seats can be leaned forward for more trunk space

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Some cheap interior plastics that rattle sometimes, seems like it takes a lot to gain just a little extra power from this car, hanging idle

stratacast94
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Great Sporty Car — This car is certainly a blast to have and for being weak to today's standards, can still throw you back in your seat! Mostly just in 1st and 2nd gear though. This car sounds great and is fun to drive, though don't expect good gas mileage. I got 16 in the city. Many of these cars (including mine) from the New Edge line are infected with "hanging idle" and there seems to be no fix. The RPMs don't drop like they're supposed to until you're at a stop for about 3 seconds, otherwise they'll hang in the 1200-1800 RPM range, depending on your speed and such and it can be really annoying. Great car and a pleasure to have! Very comfy car to ride in. My legs don't go numb/hurt like they do in my mom's 05 Altima from longer driving sessions

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Hayley writes:
2003 Ford Mustang GT Premium Review
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5

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The fun you get out of it, the handling, roar of the motor

Cons

it scratches easily

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This Car Is Great! — I love how it handles so smoothly, and when it gets really up to speed, it feels as if you're gliding on clouds. No repairs needed. It is Mint condition and really fun to drive on the highway and floor it!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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luv4mustangs writes:
2003 Ford Mustang GT Premium Review
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5

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The Customize ability to these cars.  Aftermarket parts oh, plenty, and the TR 3650 Tranny is awesome.

Cons

Not really any, except for the paint peeling from a repair job done that I discovered last year.  The headlights yellowing I don't care for.  It come from the dealer that way.

luv4mustangs
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Love The Car, Love The Way It Drives Away From Just About Anything — This is the third Mustang I have owned in seven years. I bought a 1966 Mustang, drove it til time for a restoration got under way. Bought a 95 V6 Five speed, wrecked that at low speed head on collison, but then was looking for a GT Mustang before I had that accident. I found this mustang in Tampa, Florida 25 miles from some in laws. It took a couple of weeks to realize I had a nice performance car now. I drove it back home 1100 miles to missouri. I got to put the power to the test. Dropped it into third gear at 70 mph, and just got right down the road. I drive it like I stole it almost everyday. Haven't had to much problems with it at all. Had to have the A/C compressor replaced but that is the major of it. Love driving it hard. For the drive home it got 29 mpg through Tennessee. It gets around 22 mpg when I am hard driving it. As soon as it is paid for in April of 2010, I will be doing some major upgrades to engine and getting it repainted. Wife and kids have sorta scratched the paint up a bit. It will have quite the power in a sleeper state. Thought about trading for a 2010 Roush 427R but I can save money and get way more HP for 25k less.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Sean writes:
2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Review
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5

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To be a Classic and well-powered

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It's not loud enough!

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Mach 1 Or Bust — I love the 'Stang, but you'd think that over 40 years, Ford would be able to incorporate some of the finer syntheitic materials rather than the hard, gaudy plastic that we see in many of today's vehicles produced by the Big 3. I'd like to see some Zonda-like interior design. The thing weighs 3,600 lbs and pushes 400 HP at the wheels...that makes 9lbs/hp. Not bad, but it could be better...that's why I've stripped out the interior, kept what I needed to make it liveable and dropped the overall weight to 3200 lbs. equating to 8lbs/hp. It's not in the Ariel Atom arena, but it does well for a naturally-aspirated weekend racer. For the handling, it does well. "What do you need handling on a drag-car for?" As a member of the SCCA, one needs handling for the Rallies. In addition, it IS my daily driver, and it helps to have good handling when I travel cross-country between San Angelo, Tx and San Diego, Ca. Fastest Trip Time: 14hrs 11min. Distance: 1,211 miles. As far as comfort: could I travel that fast across the Southern US without the best form-fitting luxuries? It's great. As for build quality, not the best I've seen, but I've never had a mechanical problem that involved opening the hood. Appearance: Wish I had waited until 2005 as the 2003 still hangs on styling from the lingering SN95's. I do love this car, though.

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Ian writes:
2003 Ford Mustang Deluxe Review
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5

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Excellent vehicle for any enthusiast. Easy to work on, fun to drive!

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Would've liked more factory power, but its been fun putting on modifications

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2003 Mustang — Performance: Lackluster when stock, but with a few modifications, it is now a blast to drive Build Quality: Typical Ford craftsmanship, so it has its rattles and shakes, but so far nothing serious has broken. It is cheap to keep up with maintenance. Appearance: Black is best and when its clean this car outshines vehicles of much higher price. Love it. I get lots of looks and comments. Cost: Very cheap to maintain. Insurance is a bit over the top, but I am under 25 years old. Gas mileage averages around 28-29 on highway, 20-22 in town. I do all maintenance myself, so its been cheap for me not having to pay a mechanic, but all parts for maintenance have been inexpensive and easy to work on. Fun Factor: Definitely fun. Wish it had removable top or sunroof, but I'm just as happy cruising with the windows down.

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collinharris writes:
2003 Ford Mustang Base Review
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3

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Looks good. Pretty good on gas for a mustang. Has not had any issues and is passing 115,000 miles. Peppy little V6. Great grip on turns.

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Small inside, not a lot of room for anyone, front or back. Not a smooth ride. Headlight position suck. Aftermarket or not, bad visibility at night. Bad in slippery road conditions.

collinharris
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Fun Everyday Car. — Its a fun car to drive around that's going to give you enough power and grip to be dumb in but not enough to really feel like your in a muscle car. The gas isn't bad, averaging 24 miles per gallon. Also haven't had any problems with the engine yet. Not made for winter, although the traction control really helps out. Just have to have common since when driving in snow, same with any rear wheel car. Good looking car with an endless list of after market parts.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Dhansford44 writes:
2003 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Review
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5

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Good looking car that runs great

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With gas prices going up could start to get pricey

Dhansford44
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Nice Topless! — Car has lots of power and is fun to drive both with the top up or down. I get many comments like " cool car" all the time. I also get a lot of people who want to see how fast she is by wanting to race. She is quick off the line and the handling is awesome through the turns. The car feels like its on rails!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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