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2003 Panoz Esperante Convertible

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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
Panoz Esperante Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 4.6 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 320 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 0/0 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Panoz Esperante

  • Though suffering from quirky ergonomics and borrowed cockpit components, the Panoz offers performance on par with the world's best sports cars and exclusivity that practically guarantees that yours will be the only one at the country club.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Exhaust note, great shifter action, impressive structural integrity, easy to drive and fast.

  • Cons

    Lack of stability control, no side airbags, still quirky ergonomics, awkward steering feel.

  • What's New for 2003

    Revisions to the Esperante's rear suspension and interior ergonomics, along with new options that include a carbon-fiber hardtop and Brembo brakes bring this limited production American roadster into its sophomore year.

Full 2003 Panoz Esperante Review

What's New for 2003

Revisions to the Esperante's rear suspension and interior ergonomics, along with new options that include a carbon-fiber hardtop and Brembo brakes bring this limited production American roadster into its sophomore year.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



With a panoz you get

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Vehicle: 2003 Panoz Esperante 2dr Convertible (4.6L 8cyl 5M)

My thought when my wife wanted a new Jaguar was that the Jags looked a lot like the Ford Tauras at the time. I thought that if we bought a sexy very good looking sports car like the Panoz it not only would not look so common but hopfully hold more of its value. I was wrong. The car's style unargueably is very good. They forgot to put any shocks on it though and therefore it is very, very, very rough to drive. The other thing is the convertible roof of the car is is not well designed and it rattles a lot when driving. The worst part of owning the Panoz is the resale value. There is none. Don't buy one unless you can afford to lose $80,000 really fast.




Panoz is the absolute best

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Vehicle: 2003 Panoz Esperante 2dr Convertible (4.6L 8cyl 5M)

This is a great car. I have or have had a Mercedes, Jaguar, BMW, Lexus, Triumph and this car beats them hands down in almost every category. My Panoz Esperante is the very best looking car on the road. I love it.




This should be top rated

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Vehicle: 2003 Panoz Esperante 2dr Convertible (4.6L 8cyl 5M)

Just returned from a trip around Florida in less than a week almost 2k miles. I could not belive this car was a hand built sports car made in America.It drew so much attention and rode like a dream.It held lots of luggage and was good on gas, why are these things not on the front page of every magazine in America? I love it.




Panoz esperante

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Vehicle: 2003 Panoz Esperante 2dr Convertible (4.6L 8cyl 5M)

This is the very best value in exotic sports cars - period. Construction materials, workmanship, safety, power, handling, comfort, fuel economy and design - this vehicle has it all. It beats the competition hands down. There is no close 2nd for value when considering price & performance. One of the finest designs ever in a thoroughbred sports car. Made in Americn has returned to all its former glory.




It's al good

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Vehicle: 2003 Panoz Esperante 2dr Convertible (4.6L 8cyl 5M)

The Experience driving on the road was amazing. It rides smooth it drives fast. And it is so comfortable. I felt like I was laying on my Bed but upwards. I havn't drove it that much because it's a very expensive car. I use it for special occasions like going to weddings, taking my kids some where thay want to be recognized!




Where do i put the

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Vehicle: 2003 Panoz Esperante 2dr Convertible (4.6L 8cyl 5M)

My wife and I bought this car before we thought about where we were going to put the kids. As it turns out we can only fit the two older boys in the trunk comfortably. Our daughter has to be strapped to the hood.



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