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1.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,523 miles

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2001 Ford Taurus body / paint problems

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2001 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 052011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 104,222 miles

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

2001 Ford Taurus has premature and excessive corrosion. Transmission leak taken in for repair and shock of nearly depleted lip on the frame holding motor in place. One good bump and what was left of the lip would have given way dropping the motor and I would have lost my 21 year old son, possibly my handicapped 23 year old son, their friends or girlfriends that often travel in this car. I have kept the parts. We are still in the repair mode as the rear stabilizers are also in corrosion and need replaced. Car will also need realignment afterwards. I too have been told of the failure on the minivans for same things. I understand other Ford products have been coming in for the same parts failing. I have a young inexperienced driver that I believed would be more safe in your product. My children are my life!!!! I see so many of these cars being driven and people unaware of the danger that lurks beneath. By the grace of god the car leaked and got my son off the road in barely the knick of time. It makes me sick to look at the piece so close to devastation. Do something about it!!!!!!! someone needs to let people know of this danger and now before we lose our precious most valuable thing in our lives, our children!!!!! what else is lurking under there that I am not aware of? it is bad enough worrying about the idiot drivers on the road. Now I'm worrying about serious car failure too. Signed: Mother of owner of faulty product.

- Schuylkill Haven, PA, USA

problem #5

Jul 012011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 117,569 miles
My 2001 Ford Taurus has been plagued by premature and excessive corrosion. I have previously filed for the coil springs snapping in half- now my frame has failed. While driving my car started swaying- I held the steering wheel tightly but the car wandered on it's on. Upon inspection of the vehicle at home, it was obvious that frame failed. When the vehicle was inspected by a nys facility I was told that excessive rust was an issue. I was also told that they see this on the Taurus regularly and have failed vehicles due to this issue. I contacted Ford, they said out of warranty. They do not sell replacement frames and suggested I purchase an aftermarket frame and have repairs done. This is a huge safety issue. I have been driving for 37 years and was able to recognize that there was a safety issue with my vehicle, young new drivers without experience will continue to drive these vehicles. I am requesting that the NHTSA look in to the premature failure of major components in the Taurus due to low grade material use. The Ford company was required to recall minivans with this same issue- yet the Taurus which Ford says is one of its best selling vehicles has been completely ignored when it comes to safety and customer satisfaction. If this vehicle were manufactured by Toyota it would have been recalled years ago. Shame on the powers that be that allow this situation to continue. The car has not been repaired as new oe parts are not available, used parts are not an option due to the fact that they also will be rotted beyond use. I had a 1940S Dodge parked in a farm field by a previous owner that had less rust than this vehicle had when it was under 5 years old. What does that say about quality?

- Petersburgh, NY, USA

problem #4

Mar 302011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, he heard loud noises coming from the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was then inspected by a dealer and they advised him that front sub-frame was rusted and needed to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired as the part was not available. The failure and current mileages were approximately 175,000. Updated 05/03/11 updated 12/02/11

- Valatie, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 222010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles

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

There was very little warning to the failure. The vehicle drove fine until one day it developed a clunk in the front that was worse than the several that were already there. About this same time the steering began to feel sloppy as well. When I looked under the car the front sub-frame was rusted to the point where the A-arm disconnected itself from the sub-frame. The front of the A-arm is now floating free. This is the cause of the steering slop. The only way to fix this problem is to replace the entire sub-frame. This is the frame that holds the engine, transmission and suspension to the vehicle. The vehicle is no longer safe to drive.

- Holland, MI, USA

problem #2

Mar 162008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 138,245 miles
The engine cradle, or subframe on my vehicle completely rusted into, the frame rusted from the inside, showing no obvious indications on the external, visible part of the frame, this incident came without warning, until the front control arm mount broke loose from the frame, while my wife was driving down the road, causing her to loose control... the body is solid with no rust, and vehicle is kept under carport...

- Hardy, KY, USA

problem #1

Nov 262002

Taurus

  • 31,100 miles
The vehicle pulled to the left. The dealer stated the engine mount was broke and the sub frame was bent.

- Westminster, CA, USA

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