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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,141 miles

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2001 Ford Taurus brakes problems

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2001 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #18

May 292008


  • 64,200 miles


Starting engine with transmission in park; won't shift out of park, brake lights don't work. Occurs daily. Have to turn engine off, start, then put into gear, but brake lights still don't usually work. Tried to have Ford dealer repair under recall (04V10600 or 04S12, related to 1S08?), but was told by dealer & Ford customer service it didn't apply to my VIN. Paid dealer to replace brake light assembly and wiring. Concerned as both failure to shift into gear & brake light failure have left the driver stranded & at risk of an accident. I believe the recall should be expanded to include my vehicle and probably many others with the same issue, that were not included in the previous recall. Repair cost $158.61.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #17

Jul 192007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. While driving 35 mph, the contact heard a loud rubbing noise coming from the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the shop and it was discovered that the rear springs failed and punctured the tires. The contact spoke with the manufacturer requesting assistance with the $1,300 repair cost, but was denied assistance. The current and failure mileages were 43,000. The consumer stated replaced 2 tires were needed 4 were bought, both sets of springs, struts, mounts. The dealer stated the left rear brakes seem to be hanging. Updated 08/07/07

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #16

May 102007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. While preparing to make a right turn, the vehicle's brakes failed while attempting to decelerate from 50 mph. The brake warning indicator light illuminated. The contact had to shut off the vehicle in order for it to stop. The vehicle was towed to a Ford dealer and has not been diagnosed at this time. The engine size was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 49,000.

- Madison, AL, USA

problem #15

Jul 122003


  • 10,000 miles


Problems with brakes on 2001 Ford Taurus. Nearly a fatel accident because of failed brakes only 10,000 miles on vehicle.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #14

Jun 072004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,662 miles
Problems with braking system on 2001 Ford Taurus. When applying the brakes while approaching a red light the brake pedal went all the way to the floor and the brakes did not activate. The driver applied the parking brake and did slow down but not sufficiently to avoid hitting two vehicles waiting at the light. The driver maneuvered to vehicle away from the car and went over two curbs and a few bumps before the vehicle stopped. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but they could not duplicate the problem. Some undercarriage damage was noted but no major body damage.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #13

Jun 222004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
The brakes failed to stop vehicle when they were depressed. Brake pedal went to floor, and consumer's vehicle rear ended another vehicle. Police officer indicated that there weren't any brakes on the passenger's side. Vehicle was towed to the dealership.

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #12

Jun 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles


We noticed the lower half of the car is covered with small rust spots 44000 miles. We do not have an estimate on fixing this problem. At 39000 miles we began experiencing a rattle under the right front passenger floor board. This has been inspected and nothing has been found so far, however the rattle continues to grow worse. Just under 30000 miles the front brakes required replacment. New rotors and brake pads were installed, however within a weeks time the car was back in for more brake work. The pads were replaced by the shop, but the sqeaking has returned again.( we did not have the brakes repaired at the Ford dealership, because we were told that this was not covered under warranty.) the fuel gauge reads erracticly between full and 1/4. I have made no attempt to have this fixed yet. The engine has developed a hard starting problem within the last few weeks. It will crank and not start. Then after a couple of attempts, it will start but idle rough.

- Shelbyville, KY, USA

problem #11

Dec 022003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,666 miles
When applying the brakes the front end shook violently. The dealer rotated and balanced all four tires. The dealer also replaced the front rotors and pads and adjusted the rear brakes.

- Forest Hills, NY, USA

problem #10

Oct 302003

(reported on)


  • miles
While driving at night or during inclement weather brakes fail to respond. The brake pedal is hard, and extended stopping distance is necessary to perform properly.

- Sandusky, OH, USA

problem #9

Jun 102003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
When the brakes were applied, the pedal traveled to the floor, and caused less braking power. On a level road, the brakes were applied at a traffic light and the pedal had gone to the floor with little braking power, the pedal returned several minutes later. The dealer couldn't find the source of the problem.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #8

May 282003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles


While applying brakes the pedal went all the way down to the floor. The incident occurred twice at the same spot, but different days, the consumer pulled out of the road, as the consumer attempted to turn left at the red light the vehicle did not move. The brakes had become inoperative before as well where the consumer felt as if the vehicle wasn't going to stop.

- Hawk Run, PA, USA

problem #7

May 212001


  • 10 miles
There was a pulsation in the steering wheel when the brakes were applied.

- Saco, ME, USA

problem #6

Mar 102003

(reported on)


  • miles
When the consumer attempted to brake, his foot became stuck between the gas and brake pedal, consumer loss control but was able to get foot out and come to a safe stop. Consumer believed the pedals were designed too close together.

- Laurel, MA, USA

problem #5

Feb 282003


  • 13,000 miles
The vehicle experienced total brake failure twice in the last 2 weeks, the dealer was unable to determine cause of brake failure.

- Kingston, WA, USA

problem #4

Jan 242003


  • 26,000 miles
When brakes was applied, there was a vibration shock from the pedal and they didn't hold. This almost caused an accident. The dealership has been contacted.

- Uhrichsville, OH, USA

problem #3

Oct 022002


  • miles
Consumer states when applied the brakes the vehicle suffered sudden acceleration. Contacted dealer and dealer was not willing to do anything..

- Versalle, KY, USA

problem #2

Sep 012002

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 12,000 miles
When consumer attempted to apply the brakes suddenly, the brake pedal went to the floor, which caused consumer to hit the vehicle in front of him.

- Palisades Park, NJ, USA

problem #1

Mar 282002


  • miles
While driving, another vehicle pulled in front of consumer, consumer applied brakes but vehicle was not slowing down. Consumer states feels like the gas pedal was stuck. Took to Ford and there is a recall 02S40 for brakes. Same problem consumer had.

- Clinton, SC, USA

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