Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety.


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
119,333 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (3 reports)
1997 Ford Taurus electrical problems

electrical problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 1997 Ford Taurus:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

1997 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 032014

Taurus 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles


Just read a similar complaint on this site... Started out that radio would cut out and stop working briefly when car was in drive or reverse but would work OK in neutral (and possibly park... don't remember for sure.) It has gotten progressively worse and now does it all the time I am in gear except in neutral. I put in a cassette tape and same thing happened to tape as radio.. it would quit just like radio quit. Starting today the steering is very hard most of the time that the radio cuts out. In addition today, now when the radio is out the windows will not roll up or down... but if I put the car in neutral they will work fine. Car is a 97 Ford Taurus 3.0 engine automatic transmission.

- , Lancaster, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 042008

Taurus GL 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

The radio only works in park or neutral, the power steering gets real hard to turn the wheel, the seatbelt light comes on and the key gets hot in the ignition switch.

- , Kansas City, KS, USA

problem #1

Jul 202005

(reported on)

Taurus LX

  • 155,000 miles

This is a really big pain in the ass problem, this is my only transportation. The power steering gets ruff, the radio goes out only works on "park", the console lights turn off and on. THE REALLY FRUSTRATING PART IS FORD IS NOT GOING TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. WON'T EVEN TELL ME WHAT THE PROBLEM IS, IN ORDER FOR ME TO TELL A MECHANIC.

- , Houston, TX, USA

Not what you are looking for?