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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,483 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2003 Ford Mustang Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 012014

Mustang 8-cyl

  • 14,000 miles


Gas pedal catches on vehicle carpet preventing deceleration. The hinge of the gas pedal lodges underneath the lip of the carpet keeping the vehicle accelerator depressed during driving conditions.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #5

Mar 302012

Mustang 9-cyl

  • miles
While driving on the turnpike the cruise control system got stuck causing the car to continue accelerated. I had to hit the gas pedal several times before the system desengaged, avoiding rear ending the vehicle in front of me by just a few feet. I got off the highway in the next exit to get a coffee, put the car in "park" and the transmission got stuck in "parking" cruise control has not operated since.

- Clermont, FL, USA

problem #4

Jun 152008

Mustang 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Mustang. The contact stated that the cruise control intermittently would not deactivate when the brakes were depressed when driving at speeds of at least 65 mph. The contact would have to downshift in order to get the stop the cruise control. The dealer stated there were no recalls for the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 67,000. Updated 8/2/10 the consumer stated whenever he used the control, the vehicle would surge and increase in speed. He would have to downshift in order to slow down. Updated 08/09/10

- Albuquerque , NM, USA

problem #3

Jan 022010


  • 38,900 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Mustang svt cobra. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and the pedal became stuck. A police report was filed for wreckless driving. The contact reviewed recall 06V108000 (vehicle speed control: Accelerator pedal) which was directly related to the failure but the dealer stated that there was no recall for that problem. The vehicle had not been repaired when the complaint was filed. The failure mileage was 38,900. The current mileage was approximately 40,000.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #2

Dec 122005

Mustang 8-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Gas pedal stuck to floor causing crash and car being totaled.

- Chesapeakev, VA, USA

problem #1

Jun 232003


  • miles
Vehicle experienced sudden acceleration while driving without any warning. Dealer notified.

- Gilroy, CA, USA

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