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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,000 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2001 Ford Taurus electrical problems

electrical problem

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2001 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #5

Jan 032005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Vehicle caught on fire unexpectedly when it was parked due to a short with the brake wiring harness. Manufacturer was contacted by consumer.

- Ocala, FL, USA

problem #4

Jul 252004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Consumer's vehicle was parked for approximately 15 hours when the vehicle caught on fire. The fire investigation indicated that the fire involved wiring and electrical components within the lower portion of the dashboard housing.

- El Centro, CA, USA

problem #3

Feb 152002


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While parking wheels locked up, and smoke was coming from under dash/ and flames from under hood. Vehicle was totalled. No injuries. 2 days prior, vehicle had been at dealership for power steering repair.

- Wallingford, PA, USA

problem #2

Aug 112001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Intermittent electrical problem, resulting in all electric accesories went out, found a lose wire in the starter

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

problem #1

Jul 302001


  • miles
While traveling at highway speeds consumer began to smell an odor/ saw white sparks, then flames. Vehicle was totaled. Injuries were sustained. Dealer has yet to be contacted.

- Garden Homes, IL, USA

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