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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
595 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.

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2003 Ford Mustang transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Ford Mustang Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 152011


  • miles


The push button on the handle of the shifter that you have to press to get it out of park on my 2003 Mustang is sticking. It's as though you try to push it while not stepping on the brake but we are stepping on the brake. We try jiggling and pushing and after a few minutes of fighting with it, it starts working fine until the next time I have to drive it somewhere. I had to replace the shift interlock cable due to it binding up and not releasing properly.

- Miamisburg, OH, USA

problem #3

Feb 182005

Mustang 8-cyl

  • miles
The vehicle was performing poorly, transmission failed to shift on its on. Driver noticed that a loud knocking noise was heard coming from the rear. Driver took vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that transmission and suspension needed to be replaced.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #2

Feb 172004

Mustang 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,200 miles
Auto trans is shifting slow into third. Then when shifting down it clunks intermittently.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 202003

Mustang 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180 miles
Just bought my Mustang in August of 2003. Paint was peeling off front bumper before I even picked up car. Then had to have front end replaced because of a defective suspension. Now my automatic transmission is slipping.

- Port Orange, FL, USA

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