Good up to 100K
Except for continually warping brake rotors, this was a pretty reliable, roomy and comfy car until it hit around 100,000 miles. After that the AC condensor went, 3 of 4 coil springs broke, I started getting bucking on the freeway, heater motor blew out, license plate lights would not work and brake rotors warped for about the fourth time!
Good Car for Daughter in College
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.
MY TWO DAUGHTERS VEHICLES
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.
first car and proud of it
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.
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.
Ford makes a good car, unlike a toyota you dont have to worry about anything going wrong while driving.
A very poor car
My wife and I bought this car for a dealer, at 44,000 miles trans went out. cost 3,000 to replace, now i will never own another, go to google and see for ur self. Stay away from Taurus.
Best car I have ever owned
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.
Excellent car for the money
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.
My second favorite car
My 08 Kia optima was recently totaled. I had to hurry and buy an affordable and reliable car. The 03 ford taurus was in almost perfect condition. It is amazing! The gas and get up is not as good as the Optima, nor does it handle the road the same, but it is still a great car! I would definately buy this car again!!!