2003 Chrysler Concorde

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Key Specs

of the 2003 Chrysler Concorde. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    23-25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    200-hp, 2.7-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    4-speed automatic w/OD
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2003 Chrysler Concorde Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Posted on 11/20/02
Vehicle Overview
Little has changed for the 2003 model year on Chrysler’s full-size, front-wheel-drive Concorde sedan. Three new body colors are available, and an available in-dash six-CD changer replaces the prior four-CD unit. A Concorde Limited joined the lineup in 2002, replacing the old LHS. In fact, all Concordes gained some of the LHS’s styling features for 2002.

The Concorde is built on the same platform as the Dodge Intrepid, and it’s related to the sporty 300M, which has different styling and is shorter overall. All of these sedans are expected to get new designs for the 2004 model year, and they may be available with rear-wheel drive.

Starting in July 2002, all Chrysler vehicles gained a new 7-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty, which is transferable to subsequent owners. The warranty covers engines, transmissions, transfer cases and axles.

Exterior
The low nose/high deck profile is similar to that of the Intrepid, but the Concorde has its own look. A large, oval-shaped crosshatch grille and wraparound headlights appear at the front of the Chrysler model. Its rear styling is also different because it features a back window that is smaller than the one in the Intrepid. The tires on the LX and LXi are 16-inchers, while 17-inchers go on the Limited.

Interior
Front bucket seats are standard in both the base LX sedan and the more costly LXi and Limited models. A 50/50-split front bench that allows for six-passenger seating instead of ...
Posted on 11/20/02
Vehicle Overview
Little has changed for the 2003 model year on Chrysler’s full-size, front-wheel-drive Concorde sedan. Three new body colors are available, and an available in-dash six-CD changer replaces the prior four-CD unit. A Concorde Limited joined the lineup in 2002, replacing the old LHS. In fact, all Concordes gained some of the LHS’s styling features for 2002.

The Concorde is built on the same platform as the Dodge Intrepid, and it’s related to the sporty 300M, which has different styling and is shorter overall. All of these sedans are expected to get new designs for the 2004 model year, and they may be available with rear-wheel drive.

Starting in July 2002, all Chrysler vehicles gained a new 7-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty, which is transferable to subsequent owners. The warranty covers engines, transmissions, transfer cases and axles.

Exterior
The low nose/high deck profile is similar to that of the Intrepid, but the Concorde has its own look. A large, oval-shaped crosshatch grille and wraparound headlights appear at the front of the Chrysler model. Its rear styling is also different because it features a back window that is smaller than the one in the Intrepid. The tires on the LX and LXi are 16-inchers, while 17-inchers go on the Limited.

Interior
Front bucket seats are standard in both the base LX sedan and the more costly LXi and Limited models. A 50/50-split front bench that allows for six-passenger seating instead of the standard five is offered as optional equipment. Steering-wheel stereo controls are included with the optional Infinity sound systems.

Like the Intrepid, Chrysler’s Concorde has large doors, a spacious interior and a roomy trunk. Because of its higher roofline, backseat passengers get slightly more headroom in the Concorde, but a narrow rear window makes parking and lane changing a trifle trickier.

Under the Hood
A 200-horsepower, 2.7-liter V-6 engine goes into the Concorde LX. The LXi gets a 234-hp, 3.5-liter V-6, and the Limited’s V-6 is rated at 250 hp. Each engine works with a four-speed-automatic transmission.

Safety
Side-impact airbags for the front seats are optional on all models. Antilock brakes and low-speed traction control are standard on the Limited and optional on the LXi.

Driving Impressions
Ever since the second-generation Concorde debuted for the 1998 model year, it’s been known for eye-catching styling. But beyond its striking appearance lies a roomy and functional sedan that rides pleasantly, is easy and enjoyable to drive, and feels more nimble than a lot of big cars.

Even before the LXi engine was enlarged to 3.5 liters, it delivered spirited acceleration — unlike the 2.7-liter V-6 in the LX, which doesn’t quite pack the muscle to propel a car of this size with full force. The 250-hp Limited should be even more confident when passing and merging.

The Concorde’s ride doesn’t quite rank as gentle, but it is smooth on most pavement surfaces. The seats have short bottoms and are on the firm side, but both the front and rear promise plenty of space to stretch out. Because the small back window is positioned behind a high parcel shelf, rear visibility could be a problem for shorter drivers.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2003 Buying Guide

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What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Looks good, roomy interior, avoid the 2.7 engine

by Brandon from Philadelphia, PA on June 3, 2018

I got this car with 44000 miles on the odometer. Had it until there were 158000 miles on it. And I wish I still had this car! I had the LX model with the 2.7 liter engine. It had very lackluster power ... Read full review

(5.0)

Happly in bliss

by Yolanda from Dover, DE on June 5, 2017

So happy this car found me! I was looking for something smaller newer and affordable and within a day i found this car. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Concorde received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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