2003 Ford Taurus Consumer Reviews

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2003 Ford Taurus
4.5
Average based on 35 reviews
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A great car

by from Rochester, NY on July 3, 2010

Had heard about the Taurus being a great car, but was REALLY impressed once I got one. We bought it used, in mint condition and it's never given us a problem. AC is terrific, and our SE came with a fa...
Had heard about the Taurus being a great car, but was REALLY impressed once I got one. We bought it used, in mint condition and it's never given us a problem. AC is terrific, and our SE came with a factory installed 6-CD player -- a feature you quickly become addicted to.
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Excellent car for the money

by from Rochester, NY on September 19, 2010

I bought my 2003 Taurus SE in February of 2004 with 11k miles on it. Here I am almost 7 years later, and the car now has 173k miles on it, and it is still going strong. The engine isn't as powerful as...
I bought my 2003 Taurus SE in February of 2004 with 11k miles on it. Here I am almost 7 years later, and the car now has 173k miles on it, and it is still going strong. The engine isn't as powerful as some others on the market, and this car is definitely not going to carve up the Nurburgring, but the performance is still solid. I use the car mostly for work, and this thing shines brightest when pounding out miles on the interstate. It nearly drives itself, and requires little to no corrections to maintain the lane. I am fast approaching the 200k mile mark, and I will be buying the last model year of this style Taurus (2007) to replace this one because it has just been that good to me. I've test driven Hondas and Toyotas, but for the extra money you will pay for those cars, you don't get enough to justify the cost. If you're looking for a great car that you can get at a low price with bulletproof reliability, then you can't beat a Taurus in my opinion.
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first car and proud of it

by from Corbin, KY on June 8, 2011

Bought the car with 127,000 miles on it and have never had a problem. I have the SES deluxe edition and I am very proud to own this car. The only problem with it is the cloth in the interior is a litt...
Bought the car with 127,000 miles on it and have never had a problem. I have the SES deluxe edition and I am very proud to own this car. The only problem with it is the cloth in the interior is a little flimsy. Otherwise, highly valued car.
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MY TWO DAUGHTERS VEHICLES

by from New Jersey on July 13, 2011

I bought the first 2004 Taurus for my older daughter. it was in great shape & ran well. I have kept it serviced & it has run perectly. gets great fuel mileage. I liked it so much I bought my yuonger d...
I bought the first 2004 Taurus for my older daughter. it was in great shape & ran well. I have kept it serviced & it has run perectly. gets great fuel mileage. I liked it so much I bought my yuonger daughter an identical 03 Taurus for her.
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Best car I have ever owned

by from Chicago Illinois on December 21, 2010

I have owned a good number of cars in my life and the 2003 Ford Taurus is the best car I have ever owned. I purchased it used with under 24,000 miles and it was previously a rental car. I really never...
I have owned a good number of cars in my life and the 2003 Ford Taurus is the best car I have ever owned. I purchased it used with under 24,000 miles and it was previously a rental car. I really never took care of this car; going extended miles between oil changes and never followed routine maintenance and this car has never failed me. It currently has 160,000 miles and I would drive this car anywhere. For two years I had this car in storage while I drove a company car - and when I went to start driving it again; all I had to do is put a new battery in it. (The company car broke down three times during this period) I will drive this car until it can not go any more and then I will buy another one.
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great car

by from Thumb area, MI on March 30, 2011

We are buying our second one. It will be for our kid. We keep minimal insurance on the cars it saves us thousands over life of car. the "new one " now has 205,000 miles on it. Its worth the risk. I ex...
We are buying our second one. It will be for our kid. We keep minimal insurance on the cars it saves us thousands over life of car. the "new one " now has 205,000 miles on it. Its worth the risk. I expect another 50-60K from it. we have a 1999 also. It is AMERICAN MADE.
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Good Car for Daughter in College

by from Fairfax, VA on November 5, 2011

I wanted to find a safe, reliable car for my daughter to take to college for her Junior year. I wanted the car to last relaibly past her graduation (2 yrs away). I got a Taurus because they have good ...
I wanted to find a safe, reliable car for my daughter to take to college for her Junior year. I wanted the car to last relaibly past her graduation (2 yrs away). I got a Taurus because they have good safety and reilability ratings in owner review. We got an 03 with 71 K milew. One month after buying it we drove it 3000 miles to her college in California. We enjoyed the smooth, comfortable ride, roomy interior, great air conditioning, and nice sound system. Advantages of this car: - Roomy interior - Nice ride - Reputation for reliability - Easy, less-expensive repairs (my daughter cracked a tail-light backing into a dumpster, and was able to get a replacement inexpensively over the Internet and then replace it herself.) - Inexpensive purchase cost compared to other cars Disadvantages - Weak performance from Ford V-6 - Transmission is not smooth - Column-mounted gearshift is clunky.
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ENJOY!!!!!!

by from Houston, TX on February 17, 2012

I sell Fords and usually buy these for commuter cars and keep them until about 100 K miles. This one is a SEL loaded with all options but a roof. The DOHC optional V-6 runs strong and is very reliable...
I sell Fords and usually buy these for commuter cars and keep them until about 100 K miles. This one is a SEL loaded with all options but a roof. The DOHC optional V-6 runs strong and is very reliable. This one only had 39K miles and looked like brand new. I have had great experiences with 2 former similar Taurus' and expect the same from this one. Low maintanance and roomy. Failrly good gas mileage with plenty of power for everyday commuting.
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2003 Taurus is a good car!

by from Brighton, MI on December 30, 2009

I bought the 2003 Taurus SES brand new off the lot for around $16,500 out the door. It now has 109,000 miles on it. Overall, a very good value for the money. It's a reliable family hauler with a moon ...
I bought the 2003 Taurus SES brand new off the lot for around $16,500 out the door. It now has 109,000 miles on it. Overall, a very good value for the money. It's a reliable family hauler with a moon roof, kickin stero(Mach system) and good trunk space. Overall highway is 27 MPG(acceptable). I've had a few minor problems with the vehicle such as the passenger door automatic lock doesn't work anymore(I just push it down), and the 02 oxygen sensor broke in the engine compartment(I replaced it myself), easy fix. Other then that, I've had no major problems or repairs, so my overall value and cost to me is very low. I'd recommend this car to anyone on a budget that wants a solid automobile. (I'd like to buy the new Taurus, but there is nothing wrong with this one, so I'll probably keep it another few years............)
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Greatest Car Ever Made

by from Green Bay, WI on November 9, 2012

I have owned my 2003 ford taurus for 7 years now, and have had zero problems with it. My car is the most reliable one I've owned, and is extremely comfortable to drive.
I have owned my 2003 ford taurus for 7 years now, and have had zero problems with it. My car is the most reliable one I've owned, and is extremely comfortable to drive.
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