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2003 Ford Mustang Consumer Reviews

4.5
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03 Base coupe

by from Rochester, NY on October 20, 2011

Lots of muscle car feel; Good acceleration with the V-6; good handling, ride, seats are comfortable. I had hoped the gas mileage would be a little better. 21mpg mixed driving. This is my 4th Pony car ...
Lots of muscle car feel; Good acceleration with the V-6; good handling, ride, seats are comfortable. I had hoped the gas mileage would be a little better. 21mpg mixed driving. This is my 4th Pony car so obviously, I'm biased. I compared it to a used 05. I did not like the 05 feel. I loved it's retro look but chose the 03 for the way it handled and drove. Better visibility, too!
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2003 Mustang Convertible Deluxe

by from Chillicothe,Ohio on July 7, 2011

We were looking for a nice convertible for our money and we found it in a 2003 Mustang Convertible Deluxe with the Pony package. Great looking car inside and out. Really fun to drive. We wouldn't have...
We were looking for a nice convertible for our money and we found it in a 2003 Mustang Convertible Deluxe with the Pony package. Great looking car inside and out. Really fun to drive. We wouldn't have found it without Cars.com. We hope to enjoy this car for a long time to come. Very pleased with the purchase !
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Best bang for your buck.

by from Orange County, Ca. on June 26, 2009

I bought my 03 Cobra new in January of 2004. I have just under 30,000 miles on it. I have always owned a Mustang over the last 20 years but this by far is the fastest i have ever owned. With just the ...
I bought my 03 Cobra new in January of 2004. I have just under 30,000 miles on it. I have always owned a Mustang over the last 20 years but this by far is the fastest i have ever owned. With just the 03 and 04 Cobras the only Mustangs ever to have independent rear suspension these cars are corner carvers period. The only drawback are the seats if your a bigger person or taller than 6 feet and 3rd gear can be a little hard to find if your this tall. The reason they underatted this Cobra is because of the 2001 Cobra that ended up having a recall because the 320hp it claimed to have was not showing up on the dyno and was only putting 235hp to the rear wheels. So there was a big recall on every one of those 2001 Cobra cars wich cosisted of a new intake and exhaust system plus tune that costed Ford a fortune and a Black eye to SVT. Mine was used as a test mule by K&N in Riverside for thier Cold air kit. All the pictures in the instruction manual is my car. Anyways stock all the way down to the air filter it put 365 Horsepower and Torque to the rear wheels which K&N gave me the print out. Which if you do the math at 15% drive lose equals 425 hp. These cars are cheap to Mod for $1500 (Pully, Tune, exhaust)you can have a car that is putting close to 475 hp to the rear wheels or more. You can also do a tune using a Hypertech hand held on a stock Cobra and get close to 410 to the rear wheels which i have done and the GT500 guys do not like it when you pull away from them. All in all a race car that i dare you to find a better bang for you buck.
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2003 Pony

by from Joplin, MO on July 9, 2009

I've had my yellowpony for almost 4 years now, she was about a year old and had 33K miles on her when I bought her. She had been owned by a salesman's wife and well taken care of. Now she has about 86...
I've had my yellowpony for almost 4 years now, she was about a year old and had 33K miles on her when I bought her. She had been owned by a salesman's wife and well taken care of. Now she has about 86K and is still in excellent shape. I love everything about this car except for how she handles on snow/ice. I just about won't drive in it, or can't drive in it. No traction at all. It's the only really bad thing about the car. The seatbelts are a pain, they mess up a lot. As far as maintenance, I've had to replace tires and brakes, but that's all besides routine stuff.
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Uses car for Commuting

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Have Fun With a GT

by from Laurel, MD on May 28, 2012

I was able to find a low mileage GT Mustang with the five speed manual for a fair price. The car was from a private sale and had been given excellent care. This car is a hoot to drive and gets 20-25 m...
I was able to find a low mileage GT Mustang with the five speed manual for a fair price. The car was from a private sale and had been given excellent care. This car is a hoot to drive and gets 20-25 mph depending on how hard I push it. In my opinion nothing sounds like a Ford V-8 with Flowmasters! If you are a car guy/gal, you should look at one of these. Did I mention I'm sixty-seven years old!
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Great car

by from Louisiana on September 2, 2012

This is my 3rd Mustang and my second one in this body style. It's dependable, comfortable and stylish. It's performance is above average. I would recommend the GT or Cobra version.
This is my 3rd Mustang and my second one in this body style. It's dependable, comfortable and stylish. It's performance is above average. I would recommend the GT or Cobra version.
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2003 Mustang Cobra Convertible - Tan over White

by from Bay Area, California on December 11, 2008

'03-'04 Terminator Cobra is the best performance value on the planet. Bought it used w/3000 miles on the clock. I was skeptical of Ford's current ability to produce a reliable performance vehicle of t...
'03-'04 Terminator Cobra is the best performance value on the planet. Bought it used w/3000 miles on the clock. I was skeptical of Ford's current ability to produce a reliable performance vehicle of this caliber but took a chance anyway. I have owned it for over 4 years, put 54,000 miles on it, and it's been a complete joy. No mechanical problems of any kind in spite of some 'spirited' driving! The drivetrain is a jewel of modern engineering with it's hand-assembled 32-valve DOHC supercharged engine, dual-overdrive 6 speed and grippy independent rear suspension. Chassis and interior are a bit dated, but retains a watertight seal for the top and doors thanks to the factory subframe connectors. Even with all that performance potential if I keep my foot out of it I still get 20MPG. My biggest complaint is the way it eats tires. I have to purchase a new set every year. Ouch!
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My favorite car

by from philadelphia, pa on August 14, 2007

What can I say? It's an excellent ride and an even more fun to drive. Has power, agility, looks, and is a blast.
What can I say? It's an excellent ride and an even more fun to drive. Has power, agility, looks, and is a blast.
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For Sure Betty

by from San Diego, CA on October 22, 2015

Lucked out with taking a risk of buying a high mileage vehicle with a sure bet deal. I continued this well maintained for another 80k miles as I know she'll still kick as she gallops for at least anot...
Lucked out with taking a risk of buying a high mileage vehicle with a sure bet deal. I continued this well maintained for another 80k miles as I know she'll still kick as she gallops for at least another 158k. I love the way the tires sound like horse hoof shoes when horses walks on pavements. She can do almost anything a GT can do, without having to prove any points with noise. This V6 Base Stick still not only has incredible power up hills, but embraces instead of just hugging the highways & byways. She only seems to act up only if I test drive OTHER vehicles. This Midnight Mare Blue reflects like the natural mirror of water and thrives on all the positive stares and comments with here pinball pony carnival side decals almost makes here win every race, as only inventive Ford makes this car an All American Classic and keeps me young. This is the best Mustang I've ever had and I couldn't get rid of her if I tried. She won't let me.
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A True Muscle Car!

by from Brookings, South Dakota on April 29, 2008

I purchased my 2003 GT with a little over 60,000 miles on it. You couldn't tell if it was new or not! The manual is the way to go If you like the green light. The V8 makes an awesome rumblin' sound th...
I purchased my 2003 GT with a little over 60,000 miles on it. You couldn't tell if it was new or not! The manual is the way to go If you like the green light. The V8 makes an awesome rumblin' sound that really turns heads. It's a super sonic blue with black interior. It is so reliable has great get up and go when you want it to. The only thing that has had to be replaced on this 'stanger was the windshield wipers and tires. I never want to let it go! Great all around fun!
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