2003 Ford Taurus consumer reviews

$19,630 starting MSRP
side view of 2003 Taurus Ford
89% of drivers recommend this car
Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.4
  • Interior design 4.1
  • Performance 4.1
  • Value for the money 4.4
  • Exterior styling 4.2
  • Reliability 4.2
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My first and worst car ever owned

This car has been a financial nightmare to maintain, it was fine until it hit 200k, and according to the previous owner they spent one summer just only on repairs for this car (I bought it locally and thought I knew what I was getting into, I was made aware of key issues, so A for best attempt at honesty), now at 226k I've broken down twice within a year of owning this, both times when the A/C Compressor seized up and the pulley not moving caused friction to the Serpentine belt and it snapped twice eventually. I've spent $1k in other minor repairs that some I even did myself to save money for the reservoir change, TPS Sensor, Oil because it eats more oil than I can physical food, Tires twice but that's really just because our governor likes public parks being built more than he likes smooth roads, so I can't really push the tires on the car, and all of this within 10 months of owning this car currently. DO NOT BUY THIS CAR WITH THE DURATEC ENGINE, IT WILL WRECK YOUR CHECK AND MAKE YOU SCARED TO DRIVE! I've spent no less than $200 every check I get on some dumb repair for this abortion of an engine and it's because of that I can't save for a new car with my job. And yes, I am scared to drive because of the "okay, when am I going to break down 100 miles from home?" Mentality.


My first car

Where to start with this...This car was good for about 100k miles as another reviewer said and then it was downhill from there. I purchased this car with 82k miles from a family member in great shape as I knew how it was driven and maintained. The A/C stopped working at 87k, dash lights out at 90k, starter at 93k, transmission slip/bogging around 114k and a host of other problems came about. Car needed 4 grand in repairs at 115k and traded it in. The headlights weren't the best either (hid kit fixed that) The vulcan engine felt underpowered as well. I don't recommend the 2003 and 2005 Taurus for the reliability issues. The car was comfortable and spacious for my friends and I. I do like the 2000-2007 Taurus, but Buy a 2008-2009 Taurus as they are much better in general.


Very reliable vehicle

This vehicle is very spacious, comfortable and reliable. It performs well on the roads and is a satisfying ride. I love how the trunk space is very large and this is a great vehicle for long trips given the amount of space there is in this vehicle.


great used, or first car.

Great used car, very reliable. Basic maintenance..Would be great car dads can fix...I owned 3 taurus's.would buy one for my kids if driving. Just like any used car..research,research and listen and smell..


Good buy.. a reliable vehicle for my kid.

This car met all my requirements for giving it as a gift to my daughter, plenty of leg room and safety features. Reliable and good handling on the highway.


Good basic commuter car

This is a A to B car. Gets 20-24 MPG, drives well, reliable, easy to work on and parts are cheap. Good car for MN winters!


Excellent cars

The Ford Taurus series are very reliable, and easy to drive. Excellent value on the used market. I love the third seat in the back of the wagon, and so do the kids. On the very rare occasion that something goes wrong, parts are very easy to get at the local auto parts store or salvage yard.


Comfy Auto

It doesn't have power but it is a very comfortable automobile. Bought it new in 2003 and now has 70,000 miles on it. I use it for long trips and nights on the town. It has the feel of a Cadillac but without the price. Never had a mechanical issue with it either. It's never broke down ever.


My First Car

I got this as my first car in high school, and I still own it years later. It is reliable, and an overall comfy car. I hit black ice once, and slid into a 4 foot ditch. I got the car out myself. Great car, I could not have asked for a better car.


My reliable car

This vehicle met all my needs and gave an good performance in long drives as well without any issues