by b_engels7 on Feb 25, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Taurus SES 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
I drove an '03 Taurus for 7 years, and in that time I had to replace the transmission, the cam, struts, break lines, the muffler, and a multitude of repairs which I have repressed from my memory.
The car produced phantom odors, odd sounds, and mysterious leaks.
The front passenger floor flooded constantly for some reason.
The gas mileage was terrible, I'd say around 18 highway and 12 city by a rough estimate.
The transmission is twitchy so dont expect a smooth ride. Be prepared to spend a lot on repairs, my advice: save your money and buy a honda or something.
by michaeldav1234 on Jan 19, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Taurus SE 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
Going from a '97 Acura 2.5 TL to a 2003 Taurus was a bit different at first. I miss the sunroof and leather seats and climate control system my Acura had. Overall, I am very satisfied with my Royal Blue 2003 Taurus SE. I bought it on Valentine's Day 2012 and almost a year later and more than 20,000 miles putting it at 130,000 miles, I've only had to replace the starter, alternator, and battery which were all under warranty from JD Byrider (hence the 1 star for value because I'm overpaying for it). I have driven it from Jackson, MS to New Orleans and to Ole Miss numerous times and it has not failed me. Will keep til I can get a brand new black Ford Taurus SHO.
by ndecker on Dec 16, 2012 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Taurus SES 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
I've had problems with Ford's in the past. Got this car for free, but it needed a lot of TLC because the previous owner neglected it. Bought and installed the parts myself, never had a problem with it. This car is absolutely amazing, nothing else like it. Just turned 100k miles and still running strong.
by lawnboy270 on Nov 28, 2012 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Taurus SES 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
This was our first new car.
From day one it has been awesome.
Now almost 10 years and 244,000 miles later it continues to do whatever is asked of it.
The Duratec 24v 3.0 is quite trouble free.
It still has the original starter, alternator, and water pump.
The trans is the same one it came with in 2003 and has never gave an issue shifting.
Take care of your car and it will take care of you.
Oil changes every 5k, trans fluid change, and fuel filter every 30k, coolant every 100k. Why I would ever buy a import after owning this car?
It made us a Ford family for life.
by jermz17 on May 6, 2012 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Taurus SES 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
This is a good car, It has all the features you would need to drive a family around. But like all cars this one does have common problems but they can be fixed.
Fuel pump, Coil pack, and camshaft. Not cheap but easy to fix and if you take good car of the car it will take care of you.
by javacup1 on Nov 15, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Ford Taurus SES 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)
I have nothing but good things to say about my Taurus completely dependable I have 173k mi. only cost i had was regular service changing plugs gas filter etc as specified in manual the only part that needed replacement more then once was the from stabilizer bar other than that it rides like a gem and i am proud to own a ford and it's American and i came from the saabs Nissans volvos.
New for 2003, the SEL trim level offers a unique instrument cluster with a satin-finish background, as well as Imola leather trimmed seats and dark wood trim. You can now get a real wood- and leather-trimmed steering wheel, and you'll want to note that power windows and locks, as well as tilt steering and floor mats, are standard on all models.