This rather primitive rear driver continues to command a loyal following. The base model's 3.8-liter V6 generates more noise than power. The 4.6-liter V8s are much stronger and more in character with the car. Unfortunately, only the top-of-the-line SVT Cobra version gets an independent rear suspension. The manual transmission is balky, and the clutch feels heavy.
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"The V6 sounds tough but has no guts. Disappointed with the acceleration. Handling is abysmal. The convertible has terrible cowl shake. Basically a primitive car with 80's technology."

Anonymous, NC (2003 Ford Mustang)

"This car is rear wheel drive and needs some sand bags in the trunk for the snow."

ALBERT H., UT (2003 Ford Mustang)

"exhilarating ride"

PHILLIP R., KS (2003 Ford Mustang)

"This is the SVT Cobra with a supercharged V8. Very fast and sharp handling car. 6 speed transmision shifts very smooth and car is a good hiway vehicle for long trips. Front seats are very comfortable back seat suitible only for small persons. Gets about 23 mpg on the hiway and 17 in town."

DAVID S., AZ (2003 Ford Mustang)

"good performing car, great handling,"

ROGER J., MA (2003 Ford Mustang)

"It's just fun to drive. Going through the gears!"

Joe G., IL (2003 Ford Mustang)

"engine performance has been excellent, handling is not great for a sportscar"

Guy T., KY (2003 Ford Mustang)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Great driving car"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Ford Mustang)

"This is a base model. So you don't get to balance vent and floor with A.C.."

ALBERT H., UT (2003 Ford Mustang)

"It is hard to get in an out of the car."

DEBORAH D., KS (2003 Ford Mustang)

"Very stiff ride lots of road noise."

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Ford Mustang)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"tremendous value for money spent"

PHILLIP R., KS (2003 Ford Mustang)

"good performing car, great handling,"

ROGER J., MA (2003 Ford Mustang)

"Other then regular maintenance very little money for repairs"

Joseph L., FL (2003 Ford Mustang)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"I loved my car when it was newer and care just as much as it gets older."

M R., IN (2003 Ford Mustang)

"Starts up and runs like new"

GERALD C., FL (2003 Ford Mustang)
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