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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,544 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 Owner Comments

problem #13

Apr 142010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles

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

My 2001 Ford Taurus engine stops working after driving for a while. On several occasions it stopped while driving on the highway. There are no warning signs. This can be a very dangerous situation esp on the highway. The engine starts on its own after a few hours.

- Boyds, MD, USA

problem #12

Feb 212010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 74,328 miles
Rear coil springs and head gasket I didn't know how to describe the head gasket from the choices.

- Acton, MA, USA

problem #11

Jun 142008

Taurus

  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. While driving 30-40 mph, the vehicle would suddenly shut off lose power steering ability. The vehicle would drift to a stop and the interior lights remained illuminated on the instrument panel. During the first few failures, the contact was able to pull the vehicle to the side of the road and walk home. She sent her husband to check the vehicle and it started up normally. On other occasions, it would take hours to days before the vehicle could be restarted. Two different mechanics have performed diagnostic tests on the vehicle and they both stated that the cause of the failure was the box installed on the vehicle by the loan company. The contact called the loan company and they informed her to call their technician. The technician stated that it was not the box, even though it had not yet been inspected. He also refused to replace the box unless the contact paid $80 for the inspection service. The failure mileage was 96,000 and current mileage was 96,500.

- Washington, UT, USA

problem #10

Jul 012007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. When the air conditioner was turned on, the engine would stall. The weather was 90 degrees. There were no warning indicators. The vehicle would restart after several hours. The dealer was unable to diagnose or repair the failure. The failure mileage was 98,000 miles. The current mileage was 105,000.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #9

Sep 292005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,600 miles
Contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving at any speed vehicle stalled. The contact stated that before the engine stalled he anti-theft light illuminated. Other than this light there were no other warnings indications that the engine was going to stall. The contact stated that this did not happen every time she drove the vehicle. After waiting five or ten minutes the vehicle started again. But after driving approximately 40 minutes the vehicle will stall again. The dealership states that they could not find out what was wrong with the vehicle. The contact has not contacted the manufacturer.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #8

Jun 042005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles
Without warning the head gasket blew out. While driving caller lost power and had to pull off the side of road. Vehicle was towed. Dealer will not cover the damages because warranty expired. Manufacturer said the same thing.

- Stanford, CT, USA

problem #7

Oct 152004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,500 miles

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

The vehicle stalled intermittently. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and the dealership changed the egr sensor. However, the problem still continued. The cause of the failure was undetermined. Provide further details.....dealership also replaced front brake pads.

- Eagle Lake, TX, USA

problem #6

Oct 192004

Taurus 4-cyl

  • miles
While driving, the vehicle stalled. The consumer tried to restart the vehicle but was unsuccessful. The consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic was unable to duplicated the problem. Please fill in additional information.

- Sandia, TX, USA

problem #5

Sep 262003

Taurus

  • miles
While driving about 55 mph on the highway and without warning vehicle shut down, and the engine check light appeared on the dashboard. Vehicle will restarted on and off intermittently. Vehicle was towed to the dealership, and the mechanic at dealership was aware of the problem.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #4

Apr 112003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 17,000 miles
The vehicle caught on fire while driving. The consumer viewed smoke coming from the dash then from the hood area. Scc

- Alexandria, VA, USA

problem #3

Sep 072001

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,647 miles

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

The vehicle is equipped with adjustable pedals. The pedals are so close together that when the consumer applied the brakes, the engine would surge as if it wanted to continue in drive and not stop. The last incident the vehicle surged to the point consumer could not stop the vehicle. Vehicle was stopped by a fence.

- Georgetown, OH, USA

problem #2

Dec 222001

Taurus

  • miles
Consumer states while pulling out of driveway vehicle was making a very bad noise. Consumer states the fan pulley fell off. Vehicle was towed to dealership.

- Okarche, OK, USA

problem #1

Oct 262001

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles
Flexible engine mounting twisted beyond length of vacuum hose that is connected to power brakes, causing total brake failure.

- Chevy Chase, MD, USA

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