2003 Ford Thunderbird Consumer Reviews

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2003 Ford Thunderbird
4.5
Average based on 14 reviews
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Best handlling car I've owned

by from Hillsborough, NJ on March 4, 2010

Excellent car, brings comments wherever I go! You feel no wind when top is down. I have never been able to make the front tires squeal going around corners!
Excellent car, brings comments wherever I go! You feel no wind when top is down. I have never been able to make the front tires squeal going around corners!
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Uses car for Just getting around

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Looks = 5, Mechanicals = 1

by from Alameda, CA on November 29, 2008

Bought my 2003 torch red Thunderbird with premium hard top new off the showroom floor. Has every option except the triptronic, which I would have taken if it had it. Red seat inserts and steering whee...
Bought my 2003 torch red Thunderbird with premium hard top new off the showroom floor. Has every option except the triptronic, which I would have taken if it had it. Red seat inserts and steering wheel and shift knob red color. ALWAYS get complements and looks -- even when next to a $120K Mercedes! -- and detail it myself to keep it immaculate. BUT..... $1200 brake job at less than 30K mi., covered by warranty. Replaced the factory issue Micheline sport tires with American Eagles and reduced noise; improved performance and handling. Maintenance program is steep....$1,000 at 30K and $700 at 50K. Need a rear wheel casing that is designed so it cannot be lubed, so the unit replacement is $900 plus the obligatory Ford labor of $300. Reminds me of when I had a '65 T-bird in high school, and the radiator had to be pulled to replace a 14-cent hose! Ford engineered with Ford in mind. Brakes make noise, Jag tranny used in this T-Bird sometimes hesitates, and there is no fix. Going over speed bumps causes a crunching sound, and the low profile bottoms out easily. Ford messed up when they did not include this car in the upgraded warranty class with Lincoln. For those who don't know, if the car lurches or hesitates, the spark plug coils are acknowledged to have potential problems and Ford will replace them under warranty up to 100K mi/10 years. At $100 plus labor times 8, this is a consideration. Moreover, for better or worse, I am getting everything and anything done by the dealer NOW, while there still is one available to do it. Also, buying some parts. I love my T-Bird and plan to keep it for the long haul (it is already 6 years). However, I would never buy another Ford product, which appears to be a not uncommon sentiment.
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GREAT RETRO BIRD

by from British Columbia Can. on September 19, 2011

So far this has been a good used car, but make sure you get 2003 or 04 Ford has extended the warranty on the coil over plug system which can be exp. to change I just had mine done when she started to ...
So far this has been a good used car, but make sure you get 2003 or 04 Ford has extended the warranty on the coil over plug system which can be exp. to change I just had mine done when she started to miss 28,000 k the bill was close to 1k they did a bunch of other items under this extended warranty. The car has lots of performace and is fun to drive nothing like a drop top enjoy
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fourth t-bird and the best

by from georgia on February 5, 2008

i am the second owner of a 24k mile mountain grey 2003 thunderbird with the removeable hardtop. over the span of many many years this is the fourth t-bird i have owned. the others were a 64, a 67 4-do...
i am the second owner of a 24k mile mountain grey 2003 thunderbird with the removeable hardtop. over the span of many many years this is the fourth t-bird i have owned. the others were a 64, a 67 4-door, and a 76. this is more like what a t-bird should be like, 2 seats, v8 engine, rear wheel drive, and removeable top. i am completely satisfied with my purchase. it feels tight going down the road and when you put the pedal to the metal it really gets up and goes for such a heavy car. it gets lots of looks. i cant think of anything i would change. well maybe the top could be a little lighter,(it weighs 80 pounds).
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Finally got to own one!

by from Nebraska on February 17, 2008

Since the beginning, I've lusted for a two seater thunderbird. Originals are hard to find at the same quality level as new. My 2003 fulfills my fantasy and is fun and exciting every time I look at it ...
Since the beginning, I've lusted for a two seater thunderbird. Originals are hard to find at the same quality level as new. My 2003 fulfills my fantasy and is fun and exciting every time I look at it much less use it. Ford did a lousy job of promoting and marketing the new bird, but that's alright as it just adds to the rarity and exclusivness of mine.
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Coral is the best color

by from Palm Springs, CA on October 3, 2008

I am the second owner of this 007 Thunderbird. I purchased it with less than 10,000 miles and the new car smell in tact. It is a fun car to drive and gets lots of looks. I think the best thing about ...
I am the second owner of this 007 Thunderbird. I purchased it with less than 10,000 miles and the new car smell in tact. It is a fun car to drive and gets lots of looks. I think the best thing about the car is the performance. It goes when and where I want it to and stops when I want it to. It is very comfortable on long drives. I should not have waited so long to purchase my second T-bird. The '95 I previously owned was a great car as well. I cannot wait to take the removable hard top off and take it for a spin.
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Beautiful styling

by from San Luis Obispo on February 18, 2013

Standout styling with comfortable saddle leather interior. Dual heat/air controls, CD player sounds great, plenty of V8 power, great launches from a red light!
Standout styling with comfortable saddle leather interior. Dual heat/air controls, CD player sounds great, plenty of V8 power, great launches from a red light!
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She saved my life

by from Pueblo West, CO on February 23, 2016

I had always wanted a convertible. Once I sat in this beautiful 2003 T-Bird, I fell in love with her. I drove her off the showroom floor. Her performance was always more than I expected. I always felt...
I had always wanted a convertible. Once I sat in this beautiful 2003 T-Bird, I fell in love with her. I drove her off the showroom floor. Her performance was always more than I expected. I always felt safe and tucked close when I drove her. I kept her garaged and even at 53,000 miles she didn't have a scratch. Well, in June 2015 someone ran me off the hi-way and I ended up rolling twice, went over the guard rail and landed facing traffic on the other side of the hi-way. I didn't know how extremely well-built she was...the set belt, air bags, frame, soft top, roll bar all did their jobs. I walked away from that beautiful car...alive. Sooo, I am looking for another one like her. I just wanted to comment on the safety of the T-Birds.
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Dream Car

by from KY on July 1, 2007

I have longed for a Thunderbird since I was a little girl and bought mine in '03. I love the acceleration, road handling, comfort and breeze on a warm summer evening. The distinctive look 4 years late...
I have longed for a Thunderbird since I was a little girl and bought mine in '03. I love the acceleration, road handling, comfort and breeze on a warm summer evening. The distinctive look 4 years later still made it a fun drive and kept me washing & shining more than I would most other cars, but a couple of weeks ago my little T-bird became history when another car made a left turn into me. The other driver I hear has multiple injuries and is still hospitalized. I walked away with some bruises and a few aches & pains. That little car, its seatbelts and air bags protected me well. I intend to look for another one.
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FUNderbird

by from Southern Indiana on February 13, 2009

I owned a 57 Tbird until the Vietnam War took me away. I always told my wife that I would buy another 2 seater Tbird if Ford would make one again. After a long wait, Ford finally made it. I didn't buy...
I owned a 57 Tbird until the Vietnam War took me away. I always told my wife that I would buy another 2 seater Tbird if Ford would make one again. After a long wait, Ford finally made it. I didn't buy one the first year because I thought it needed fins. After a year of turning in at every Ford lot with one on display, my wife finally said, "you can get any Tbird you want as long as it is red with red and black interior and bun warmers." I got on the internet and found it 100 miles from home. I've never been sorry I bought it. It is all the car the old 57 was, but it is more civilized. It drives and handles beautifully. We have driven it about 38,000 miles now. We liked it so well that we bought a Lincoln LS, which is the same basic car with a different body. (Same engine, drive train, suspension and dash layout) We have driven it on some trips of more than 2000 miles. It usually gets about 27-29 mpg on a long trip. I keep a log of all gas which has been put in it. The lowest gas mileage we ever got was 19 mpg, and it usually gets around 23 mpg. The trunk is a little cramped, but is adequate if you pack well and leave non-essentials at home. I have done all maintenance work on it myself. I have had two problems with it, both repaired under warranty. The transmission valve body was replaced when the car had about 20,000 miles on it. The left light socket on the light in the bumper was replaced at the same time. No other problems with it. I think Ford should have put Homelink on this car. My F150 Lariat even has it! It is comfortable to drive, but the Lincoln and the F150 are more comfortable. The ride is comfortable. I notice a little bit of cowl shake when the hardtop is removed, but it is not that objectionable. It is great with the top down, and there is very little wind. The heated seats are great for night top down cruising. It is very quiet for a convertible, top up or down. We drove it in a Christmas parade and as we passed, a rather bored looking woman suddenly came to life, pointed at our car, and yelled at her husband, "That's what I want for Christmas!!" It is a beautiful, unique car, and is fun to won and drive.
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Uses car for Having fun

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