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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
110,310 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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2001 Ford Taurus drivetrain problems

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2001 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #11

Jun 252016


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. While attempting to place the vehicle in drive, the gears would not shift and the brake lights would not activate. There were no warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact was experiencing the same failure as listed in NHTSA campaign number: 04V106000 (exterior lighting). The contact, a mechanic, reached out to the dealer to purchase parts for the repair, but the dealer refused. The contact was informed that he would have to bring the vehicle in for the repair to be performed. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000.

- Long Beach, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 212015


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the gears on the vehicle would not switch from park to reverse. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Greer, SC, USA

problem #9

May 162015


  • 226,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving at unknown speeds, the vehicle accelerated without warning while depressing the brake pedal. The failure recurred twice. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 226,000.

- Abbeville, SC, USA

problem #8

Jun 212013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while parked, he placed the gear shifter in reverse and the vehicle rolled forward. The vehicle was placed in drive and the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The independent mechanic stated the transmission would have to be rebuilt. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 126,000.

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jun 212013


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated they were in a parking space and when they tried to put the vehicle in gear it would not move. When they were able to shift into reverse gear, the vehicle moved forward. The contact took the vehicle to a mechanic who did not identify the cause of failure. The contact stated the failure was associated with the torque converter. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 130,000.

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #6

Feb 162013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 120,205 miles
Traveling at 45mph suddenly the vehicle did not respond to throttle, RPM's jumped yet no response from the transmission. I can shift into any gear and the vehicle acts as if it is in neutral.

- San Antonio , TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 012008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles


My Ford Taurus 1st broke down on the interstate. I was on my way taking my kids to chuck E. cheese. It ran hot out of the blue. After that I got it towed, I did replace the motor, had the transmission worked on, replace many sensors, replaced the fuel filter, replaced the fuel pump, the sensor of the air condition. I have replaced almost everything on that car from the time I bought it in 07 until 2010. And its still not running. Its parked they are saying its something with the transmission again. I have spent so much money in that piece of junk Ford. I feel they should fix the transmission this time and give me some of money back for all the repairs. And for the record my dates are estimated because I just parked and it and stop keeping up with it. Just plain ole got tired. That car took me broke. I finally had to bow down and go get another 1 with payments as last resort. For me and my 2 little girls 1 of them whom is disabled.

- East Dublin, GA, USA

problem #4

Sep 232011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Car became increasingly difficult to shift out of park. At this time the brake lights were working. Found a work around on the internet that worked. Also found a recall (04S12) for same problem but my VIN was not covered and Ford will not fix. However, they do not sell the stop light switch (which is most likely the part I need) by itself anymore. You must buy a more expensive kit that includes the stop light switch and wiring on the brake pedal. Now my brake lights are completely out so we cannot drive the car. Seems if Ford won't sell just the switch then they are acknowledging that this is a safety issue and my car should be included in the recall. I found many other people with the same problem when I was looking for a solution to the shifting out of park problem. I have called Ford twice but they basically say "sorry you are not part of the recall." And regarding whether there were a crash, if my daughter had kept driving it there most likely would have been one, as brake lights are pretty important.

- Snellville, GA, USA

problem #3

Nov 102011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
I would first like to say I am 19 years old and a college student who doesn't have $2000 laying around for a crappy transmission and I'm very upset that I made such a naive purchase. Here's the story.. I bought it from a private seller whom told me since he had the car he replaced the transmission twice. So I thought I had a good running car with a new transmission. Two weeks later the transmission just gave up on the highway while I was doing 65-70 mph the momentum pushed the car of the I10 to a safe place on the shoulder. I turned it off and started it back up and it moved a couple of yards to an nearby gas station where it sat for hours. I took it to cottmans transmission and a older guy who have been fixing cars for the longest told me"look I'm going to be honest with you, I've been working on cars for a long time and these Taurus have common transmission problems" im not putting another dime into this car. These cars are known for getting people fired from work and messing up people lives. I was planning on taking a vacation in my car but I guess my transmission hit the road before I did. I've read many many reports on blog site where every Taurus owner transmission gave out on them. And it seems these cars go out at the wrong time. It's a [xxx] shame that some of the reports I've read some of the people was in life threatening situations at the time of the transmission failures. It's gonna take somebody to get seriously hurt or die as a result of these poorly built piece of [xxx] for Ford to get up off their [xxx]. I should just went got that new maxima. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Aug 152003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
I haven't got repair done yet. Transmisson has alway had a slight slip. It totally slipped out in low gear the other day.

- Shawnee, OK, USA

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