Overview
2003 Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang debuted in April of 1964 as either a coupe or convertible with six or eight cylinders under the hood, and became a national sensation. Ford sold hundreds of thousands of Mustangs, convincing General Motors and Chrysler Corporation to release their own variations on the theme. By the late 1960s, the Mustang competed against the AMC Javelin, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger, Plymouth Barracuda and Pontiac Firebird. But, like Elvis Presley, the Mustang had evolved from a lightweight and simple sporty car into an overweight and flashy muscle car. By the time the oil crisis of 1973 hit, the Mustang had lost its edge in terms of performance and appeal. Reborn for 1974, the Mustang II rode on a Pinto platform to save development costs and improve fuel economy. Emissions regulations had stifled performance, and the convertible model had disappeared from the lineup. The mid-1970s represented a dismal time for the American automobile industry, and the emasculation of the Ford Mustang is perhaps the greatest example of what went wrong in the middle of this decade. Not surprisingly, sales reached an all-time low during this period of time. Still, Ford wasn't ready to give up on the Mustang. In 1979, it was completely redesigned. There was even a performance model with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, and a stripes-and-decals Cobra version. The new Mustang proved popular, and by 1982, Ford had endowed it with a relatively strong (for the time) V8 engine and the GT designation that continues today. General Motors released a sexy new Camaro and Firebird duo in '82, so Ford countered by continually updating the Mustang GT and engineering a special turbocharged performance model called the SVO. In the late 1980s, Mustang enthusiasts heard that Ford planned to replace the rear-drive model with a front-drive car based on a Mazda. Recoiling in revulsion, these purists bombarded Ford with hate mail, effectively convincing corporate brass to keep the all-American Mustang as it was and release the new vehicle under development as the Probe. This delay meant Ford needed to market the existing and aged Mustang beyond its expiration date until a suitable replacement could be styled and engineered. To retain buyer interest, Ford kept boosting power and improving the Mustang in subtle but effective ways. The new car arrived in 1994 wearing retro styling cues such as tri-bar taillights and a side scoop. Inside, a dual-cowl dashboard provided plenty of pizzazz. A coupe and convertible were available, with either a V6 or V8 engine. A Cobra model with added horsepower and special performance upgrades paced the Indianapolis 500 that year. In 1999, the Mustang was updated with boxy new styling and more power. The Cobra was said to make more horsepower than it actually did, which made buyers who wanted tire-smoking launches more than a bit upset. The 2003 Ford Mustang appeals to those who love the burble of a V8, the handling of rear-wheel drive and the appeal of a legendary car with long and storied history.

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User Reviews

Best car I ever owned! - I have a modified 2003 Mustang GT w/ a 5 speed. She handles great, has plenty of power, looks great, has plenty of interior space and headroom. She is...

4.8
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Grandpa's Toy - I had my sights on a Mustang SVT for a while. I held off buying because of the production issues with the Mustang Cobra. When the supercharged model c...

4.9
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Mach 1 of a kind - I'm the second owner of my Mach 1, and I've had it for nearly 6 years with very little trouble. The only thing I had to do to the engine, was changing...

4.8
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Sonic Blue GT - Bought this car in June 05 with 12k miles. Now has 115K miles. Mildly modded with CAI, exhaust, short shifter, MACH1 shocks, Ford C-Springs, white fac...

4.4
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2003 SVT COBRA - I actually have a 02 GT w/ a Cobra motor swap. This engine is powerful in the whole power band. Pushing 515RWHP 545RWT. It's not stock obviously, but ...

5.0
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Safety Ratings
2003 Ford Mustang
Front Crash Driver Side 2.5000
Front Crash Passenger Side 2.5000
Side Crash Driver Side 2.5000
Side Crash Passenger Side 3.0000
Number of Recalls12
Number of Complaints486
Number of Investigations6
Recall Notice

LemonFree has found some important recall information regarding 2003 Ford Mustang vehicles

2003 Ford Mustang (5/11/2009)  

Campaign Number: 09E025000

Component Name: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

Description: DOPE, INC. IS RECALLING 42,540 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS.

Defect: DECREASED LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Action: DOPE, INC. WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND FOR THE NONCOMPLIANT COMBINATION LAMPS. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 28, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT DOPE, INC. AT 1-626-272-1798.

2003 Ford Mustang (4/7/2009)  

Campaign Number: 09E012000

Component Name: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

Description: SABERSPORT IS RECALLING 16,270 COMBINATION CORNER AND BUMPER LAMP ASSEMBLIES OF VARIOUS PART NUMBERS SOLD FOR USE AS AFTERMARKET EQUIPMENT FOR VARIOUS PASSENGER VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS FAIL TO CONFORM TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." THESE LAMPS DO NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS.

Defect: DECREASED LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY RESULT IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Action: SABERSPORT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND FOR THE NONCOMPLIANT COMBINATION LAMPS. THE SAFETY RECALL BEGAN ON MAY 11, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SABERSPORT AT 1-909-598-7589.

2003 Ford Mustang (8/11/2008)  

Campaign Number: 08E050000

Component Name: EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

Description: K2 MOTOR IS RECALLING 1,921 AFTERMARKET HEADLAMPS OF VARIOUS MODELS SOLD FOR USE ON THE ABOVE LISTED VEHICLES. THESE HEADLAMPS ARE MISSING THE AMBER SIDE REFLEX REFLECTOR WHICH FAILS TO CONFORM WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT."

Defect: WITHOUT THE AMBER SIDE REFLEX REFLECTORS, THE LIGHTING VISIBILITY MAY BE AFFECTED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.

Corrective Action: K2 MOTOR WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND OFFER A FULL REFUND. THE RECALL BEGAN ON DECEMEBER 17, 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT K2 MOTOR AT 1-909-839-2992.

2003 Ford Mustang (6/13/2006)  

Campaign Number: 06E056000

Component Name: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

Description: CERTAIN AFTERMARKET FUEL FILTERS SOLD UNDER THE PUROLATOR BRAND NAME, P/N F65277, SHIPPED FROM JANUARY 16 THROUGH JUNE 2, 2006, FOR USE ON THE ABOVE LISTED PASSENGER VEHICLES. DUE TO INCORRECT DESIGN, THE QUICK CONNECTORS MAY NOT FULLY SEAT WITH THE TUBE INTERFACE, EVEN THOUGH THE PERSON MAKING THE CONNECTION MAY BELIEVE THAT THE QUICK CONNECTOR IS FULLY ATTACHED.

Defect: FAILURE OF THIS CONNECTION COULD LEAD TO FUEL SPILLAGE AND, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, A FIRE COULD OCCUR.

Corrective Action: UFI WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE FILTERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON AUGUST 4, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT UFI FILTERS USA AT 800-230-5876.

2003 Ford Mustang (5/24/2006)  

Campaign Number: 06E049000

Component Name: EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Manufacturer: Ford Motor Company

Description: CERTAIN CK MOTORSPORTS COMBINATION HEADLIGHTS, CLEAR CORNER, BUMPER, AND SIDE MARKER LIGHTS SOLD AS REPLACEMENT LAMPS FOR USE ON THE PASSENGER VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE. SOME COMBINATION LAMPS THAT ARE NOT EQUIPPED WITH AMBER SIDE REFLECTORS FAIL TO CONFORM TO FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 108, LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT.

Defect: WITHOUT THE AMBER REFLECTORS, THE VEHICLE WILL BE POORLY ILLUMINATED, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.

Corrective Action: CK MOTORSPORT WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE NONCOMPLIANT LAMPS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON JULY 1, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT CK MOTORSPORT AT 1-909-610-7211.

2003 FORD MUSTANG for sale

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2003 Ford Mustang

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2003 FORD MUSTANG

  • Bodystyle: Coupe
  • Mileage: 174178 Miles
  • Ext Color: Red
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: RWD
  • Location: Pine Bluff, AR
  • MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy

2003 Ford Mustang GT

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$8,995

2003 FORD MUSTANG GT

  • Bodystyle: Convertible
  • Mileage: 175161 Miles
  • Ext Color: White
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Engine: 8 Cyl
  • Drive: RWD
  • Location: Redding, CA
  • MPG: 15 City / 21 Hwy

2003 Ford Mustang

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2003 FORD MUSTANG

  • Bodystyle: Convertible
  • Mileage: N/A
  • Ext Color: N/A
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: RWD
  • Location: Phoenix, AZ
  • MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy

2003 Ford Mustang

$8,490

2003 FORD MUSTANG

  • Bodystyle: Convertible
  • Mileage: N/A
  • Ext Color: White
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: RWD
  • Location: Fenton, MI
  • MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy

2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1

$18,995

2003 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1 PREMIUM

  • Bodystyle: Coupe
  • Mileage: 15835 Miles
  • Ext Color: Red
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Trans: Manual
  • Engine: 8 Cyl
  • Drive: RWD
  • Location: Mount Pleasant, MI
  • MPG: 15 City / 21 Hwy

2003 Ford Mustang

$7,990

2003 FORD MUSTANG

  • Bodystyle: Coupe
  • Mileage: 106728 Miles
  • Ext Color: Red
  • Int Color: Tan
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: RWD
  • Location: Taylorville, IL
  • MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy

2003 Ford Mustang GT

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2003 FORD MUSTANG GT

  • Bodystyle: Coupe
  • Mileage: 152479 Miles
  • Ext Color: Gray
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Engine: 8 Cyl
  • Drive: RWD
  • Location: Falmouth, MA
  • MPG: 15 City / 21 Hwy

2003 Ford Mustang GT

$9,950

2003 FORD MUSTANG GT

  • Bodystyle: Convertible
  • Mileage: 59360 Miles
  • Ext Color: Blue
  • Int Color: Tan
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Engine: 8 Cyl
  • Drive: RWD
  • Location: Yorkville, NY
  • MPG: 15 City / 21 Hwy

2003 Ford Mustang

$6,990

2003 FORD MUSTANG

  • Bodystyle: Convertible
  • Mileage: 146246 Miles
  • Ext Color: N/A
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: RWD
  • Location: East Peoria, IL
  • MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy

2003 Ford Mustang

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2003 FORD MUSTANG

  • Bodystyle: Coupe
  • Mileage: 145779 Miles
  • Ext Color: N/A
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: RWD
  • Location: Asheville, NC
  • MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy

2003 Ford Mustang GT

$11,994
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2003 FORD MUSTANG GT DELUXE

  • Bodystyle: Coupe
  • Mileage: 47124 Miles
  • Ext Color: Silver
  • Int Color: Gray
  • Engine: 8 Cyl
  • Drive: RWD
  • Location: Westmont, IL
  • MPG: 15 City / 21 Hwy

2003 Ford Mustang

$5,992

2003 FORD MUSTANG DELUXE

  • Bodystyle: Convertible
  • Mileage: 137153 Miles
  • Ext Color: Red
  • Int Color: Tan
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: RWD
  • Location: Tustin, CA
  • MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy

2003 Ford Mustang

$8,550

2003 FORD MUSTANG

  • Bodystyle: Convertible
  • Mileage: 82524 Miles
  • Ext Color: Silver
  • Int Color: Gray
  • Trans: Automatic
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: RWD
  • Location: Rochester, NH
  • MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy

2003 Ford Mustang GT

$11,656

2003 FORD MUSTANG GT

  • Bodystyle: Coupe
  • Mileage: 41870 Miles
  • Ext Color: Black
  • Int Color: Tan
  • Engine: 8 Cyl
  • Drive: RWD
  • Location: Boscobel, WI
  • MPG: 15 City / 21 Hwy

2003 Ford Mustang

$6,995

2003 FORD MUSTANG

  • Bodystyle: Coupe
  • Mileage: 96951 Miles
  • Ext Color: Red
  • Int Color: N/A
  • Engine: 6 Cyl
  • Drive: RWD
  • Location: Middleton, WI
  • MPG: 17 City / 25 Hwy
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