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8.7

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$2,022.00
Average Mileage:
116,751 miles
Total Complaints:
25 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (12 reports)
  2. rebuild transmission (12 reports)
  3. replaced with junkyard tranny (1 reports)
1997 Ford Taurus transmission problems

transmission problem

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1997 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Apr 012016

Taurus 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

the transmission kills the engine when i shift gears

I have a 1997 Ford Taurus Wagon and have been going through a really long process of flipping it, due to the fact that this transmission was swapped before I got it and don't know the real problem. What happens is when I start the engine and try to shift gears it starts to die unless you put it back in park or quickly press on the gas pedal. Though pressing on the gas doesn't always work. So what in the holy f*ck is the problem?

- , Kapolei, HI, USA

problem #24

Aug 062015

Taurus LX 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200,000 miles

my daughter bought this car and had nothing but trouble for last few weeks. it jerked like it was trying to jump gears when ac runs, we don't know why. now just today she was driving it and lost all acceleration, for no reason, all fluids are ok levels, also having brake issue as well. if anyone knows what these cars had going on with them plz let me know she has 1 month old son. im afraid they will be hurt or stranded! im going too try to get her into another car asap. just lost my faith in fords!

- , Sparta, IL, USA

problem #23

Nov 202014

Taurus GL 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

Tranny failed within 80,000 miles..... wow thats pretty bad especially for a grandpa driver who babied it it's whole life......

- , Fremont, CA, USA

problem #22

Jun 132003

Taurus SE 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This was the second transmission in four years of ownership, of this Detroit Nightmare. All this transmission left me with was 1st gear and reverse. The last transmission only lost the overdrive. I had it replaced with a junkyard transmission and sold it immediately. I'll never own any more Detroit Iron, as this isn't the first time that I've had them let me down in a catastrophic mechanical failure.

- , Lima, OH, USA

problem #21

Jul 192002

Taurus SE 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

I was traveling from Ohio to southern Florida and when I was on the Fla. turnpike, the overdrive in the tranny let go. I was driving 55 m.p.h. with the tach. reading 5000 r.p.m. and everyone passing me going 80 m.p.h. Very much a pain in the ass. After having it rebuilt, in an out-of-state tranny shop, I had to put the unexpected cost on my credit card. Lovely, just lovely!

- , Lima, OH, USA

problem #20

Aug 142013

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

I don't know about the rest of you but it's getting old....! I as well have a Ford Taurus transmission that went out for the third time. I will not replace it a 4th time....As children most of us were taught to take responsibility for our actions and I feel that the time has come for the children of the Ford Motor Co. to grow the up already!!!!! From all the complaints I have read there has got to be enough leverage behind us, especially when Ford admits to knowing about the problem, to make some changes. I admit though I am in the dark on how to go about it, maybe better business bureau or consumer affairs? If anyone out there knows how to make a move on this chicken-sh*t company lets do it Please comment to this post....and fellow non-working transmission owners welcome to contact as well because without us the consumer is powerless!!! P.S. One last thing I want to apologize to the women that have come across this and read it....I apologize for the use of the foul language I am just soooo feed up and tired of this and I'm sorry!

- , portola, CA, USA

problem #19

Jan 132011

Taurus Tarus 4 Cy

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

where can one get fixed a transmission problem?

the linkage from the inside of the car, at the steering column, to the outside of the car

where the lever to the transmission is located is not working!!

- , Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #18

Mar 292010

Taurus GL 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,500 miles

ford cars represent the united states ,well if that is true,we are cave men, compared to china,japan.

- , Lexington, SC, USA

problem #17

May 142009

Taurus V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 177,400 miles

This was a family hand-me-down car. Last month the starter went out so I replaced that. A few days ago my car wouldn't shift from park to drive. After about 15 minutes it finally went into drive, so I took my son to school. Same problem happened again. About 20 minutes later it suddenly shifted into drive, but it's been stuck in my driveway ever since. I ended up losing my job because of this. I just put $400 into a starter and a battery, and now this. I am a single mother and a student, and cannot afford to fix this or buy a new car. I will never, never, never buy an American car. My next vehicle will be a Toyota or a Honda.

- , Austin, TX, USA

problem #16

Sep 082008

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

Have had this car for about 5 years now. had to replace the first transmission at 54,000 miles. they said the bands went out, and a rebuild would cost right at the same price as a refurb. so my wife and i went with the refurb, that had a 3 year 36,000 mile warranty on it. 4 years and 44,000 miles later this one went out without warning. have yet to try to get this one fixed. i would never have thought that a car could have this much trouble with transmissions.

- , Walcott, IA, USA

problem #15

May 122004

Taurus LX 3.0L V6 Ohv

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,078 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

This is by far one of the best cars I have ever owned. Crash safety ratings make my first car look like a casket waiting to happen. Also the ABS saved my bacon more than a couple times. The ride is luxury car, the handling okay, fuel efficiency okay for the 1997 time frame, and reliability is about what you expect with American cars. Your going to spend money fixing them, that's why they cost less than Japanese cars (even the ones built in the US.) I was very disappointed however when the transmission failed. Having owned other cars (american and Japanese) that easily surpassed 150,000 miles without transmission incident, I found this failure particularly unacceptable. I had been religious with the fluid and filter change as well, which made it all the more unacceptable. I had purchased the car with 50,000 miles on it. It now has 170,000 miles on it, so far the tranny failure being the worst of the problems (in terms of expense.) It was a soft failure, giving plenty of notice that something was wrong. What was even more devilishly disturbing is that the actual failure was an electronic switch buried in the transmission. The transmission itself was functional in terms of the gearing, but the clutch (which engages at highway speeds to reduce slippage that occurs via the torque converter, and disengages to allow slippage at lower speeds via the torque converter) activation switch somehow had a leak where tranny fluid was getting in and shorting out the connector. The only way to fix it was to remove the tranny and open it up. Rather than take the expensive route, I went cheap and replaced the tranny with a younger junkyard sourced tranny. Slightly risky (no one wants that 1 in 10 unit that will have the same problem) but probably worth it (when you get over 100,000 you never know what else may fail. At least on american iron. Still, it is by far one of the best cars I've ever owned. But Ford really needs to address long term drive train if they want to stay in the business. And of course canceling production of your highest sales volume vehicle isn't the brightest idea (can you say failed attempt to transition to more expensive, less efficient vehicle? Did you say 500?)

- , Bedford, MA, USA

problem #14

Jul 222004

(reported on)

Taurus GL

  • 80,000 miles

BOUGHT THE CAR FROM A FRIENDS 92 YEAR OLD MOTHER. HAS ONLY 80,000 MILES ,A FEW HAIL DENT ,BUT FOR THE MOST PART REAL CLEAN. THOUGHT IT WOULD MAKE A GREAT CAR FOR MY WIFE AND TWO KIDS....... WRONG !!!!! MY WIFE DROVE THE CAR FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS. REAL HAPPY. THE CARS MAIDEN TRIP, A VACATION TO CORPUS CHRISTI FOR MEMORIAL DAY ABOUT A 9 HOUR DRIVE . LEFT ON A FRIDAY NIGHT . ABOUT 100 MILES INTO THE TRIP ,NO WARNING...!!!! THE TRANSMISSION QUITS.... JUST LIKE YOU PUT IT IN NEUTRAL.....!!!!!!! END OF VACATION. NOW IT SITS IN FRONT OF MY HOUSE BECAUSE WE CANT AFFORD THE $2400.00 THEY WANT TO FIX IT. THATS THE LAST BLUE OVAL CAR FOR ME.....!!!!!

- , Watauga, TX, USA

problem #13

Jul 112007

Taurus GLS 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 121,000 miles

Taurus' are known for transmission failure especially in this year. The only known fix is to rebuild the trans, if they just replace the trans it still has the same defect, rebuilding eliminates the defect and the problem is fixed.

- , Dearborn Heights, MI, USA

problem #12

Mar 262008

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,800 miles

This is the 2nd time I've had to have a rebuilt transmission put into this car. I'm fed up with it. I had the car for about 6 months when it went out the first time. Now a year and a half later I'm replacing it again. I'm a single mom with a limited income and can't afford to buy another car...which is what I wish I could do right now instead of fixing this recurring problem.

- , La Grange, KY, USA

problem #11

Feb 042008

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

Ok well i see a lot of the very same problems were having with our transmission we know its going to go out all the way, no doubt. Were going to drive it til it drops so to speak. We figured out though if you accelerate until its about to shift and then let off and let it shift on its own it doesn't jerk as much. Also if you put it in neutral between gears it seems to shift easier. I know this car is junk i just thought maybe other people could try what were doing to get the most out of the car. Personally with all its problems its not worth it to pay the money needed to fix it.

- , Kirbyville, MO, USA

problem #10

Aug 032003

Taurus G 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

When I got the car it had 3,600 miles on it. Then at about 15,000 miles the transmission dies. It wasn't covered under warranty because it was 12000 or 12 month which ever came first. Also for the past year my car says it's in reverse but it is really in park.

- , Littleton, CO, USA

problem #9

Jul 172007

(reported on)

Taurus GL 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 146,000 miles

this was my second car i have had this car for only 2 months and all of a sudden it shutters when i accelerate thu 1st gear. its a good car except for the transmission issues now i cant even race it at stoplights because if u give it too much gas to begin with it will completely slip out of a gear and sit there and rev

- , Dallas, WI, USA

problem #8

Jun 012004

(reported on)

Taurus

  • Manual transmission
  • 121,000 miles

This car, like my last Taurus, has been the worst car ever. I knew the Taurus was famous for transmission trouble, but I had faith in the dealer when he said ford had fixed the problem. I haven't decided whether I'm gonna torch the damn thing or if I will replace it and sell it to someone else (I will tell them of the famous ford transmissions- but I'll replace with another brand or something). The old saying is true of FORD--found on roadside daily! I HATE double HATE this car.

- , Seneca, SC, USA

problem #7

Jan 252007

(reported on)

Taurus GL 3.2 V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I feel it should have been covered by warrenty. I made the mistake in the past I had a 1992 taurus and the transmission went out about the same time, which after there was a recall bad year. After I bought this car gave the other car to my son. 1 month later the transmission went out the second time. I already had bought this car and they said shouldn't have the same problem because it was a 1992 problem. They no longer had issues. Well they were wrong. Otherwise the car has been fairly good. I can only say better not happen again it is getting to about the same mileage the when the other when died the second time.

- , Kaukauna, WI, USA

problem #6

Aug 092005

(reported on)

Taurus

  • 74,000 miles

This damn Taurus has been nothing but a money pit since i got it. i just started college. The damn thing breaks down. heres the story, I get off work and pull in to my parking spot. put the car in park but doesn't go in to park. so I try again and again. then a nut falls off of some part under the dash. now my car has only first gear. the rest nothing. now I'm with out a car.

- , Fairview Park, OH, USA

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