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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,051 miles

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2001 Ford Taurus suspension problems

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2001 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #50

May 302015


  • 149,341 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 30 mph, there was an abnormal noise coming from the front passenger side of the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the front coil springs needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure and stated that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 04V332000 (suspension). The failure mileage was 149,341.

- Stillwater, MN, USA

problem #49

May 152015


  • 32,000 miles
On 5 15 2015, 2001 Ford Taurus with 32K miles was taken in for an alignment at a local auto repair business. Mechanic observed the rear drivers side spring was broken and had damaged the tire. After further research, this is a common defect for this vehicle and year. There is a NHTSA recall for the front springs for vehicles in specific states, however recall does not apply to rear springs or suspension as of May 2015. On NHTSA safety complaint website, documentation has been submitted indicating at least two deaths have been linked to the failure of the rear springs.

- New Palestine, IN, USA

problem #48

Sep 122014


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the front passenger side coil spring fractured. In addition, the contact discovered that the coil spring punctured through the front passenger side tire. The contact stated that the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign id number: 04V332000 (suspension) but the dealer refused to perform the remedy on the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 40,000.

- Elgin, IL, USA

problem #47

Nov 152011


  • 20,330 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving approximately 70 mph, the rear suspension fractured. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis. The technician stated that the rear suspension needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 20,330.

- Belmar, NJ, USA

problem #46

May 022014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 78,300 miles
As I was traveling the rear spring snapped and started to gouge into the tire and cut the tire on the top corner sidewall where the steel belts are now showing also heated up so fast that I was not able to take off the lug nuts of the tire to see what was wrong. This is a common problem according to multiple Ford dealership service advisors and it could be fatal if the tire explodes. Ford claims there is not enough complaints to order a recall for a potential fatal flaw in the car.

- East Norwich, NY, USA

problem #45

May 012014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 129,123 miles
I was driving car at the speed of 40 and suddenly some sound came from left wheel. I saw around and found spring coil broken and that coil is rubbing the tyre.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #44

Apr 012014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles


Extensive corrosion on the engine cradle may impact its structure and failure can impact suspension and steering.

- Fulton, NY, USA

problem #43

Jan 152014


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact was driving 25 mph and heard a loud bang. The contact began to smell a burning rubber odor and merged off the roadway to inspect the vehicle. The contact found that the rear driver's side coil spring was fractured. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for inspection but no diagnosis for the failure was determined. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,000. Updated 03/05/14

- Bayville, NJ, USA

problem #42

May 162013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles
While driving my 2001 Ford Taurus ses today at city speeds (30 mph) I heard a very loud metallic clanking sound. I drove straight home and we put the car on the lift to inspect. We found the front left coil spring was broken from what appears to be rust/corrosion. We live in Illinois & called Ford to see about the recall (04V332-4235) and how to go about repairing this. The agent checked our VIN and told us that our car did not qualify for this recall despite having been produced in the Chicago manufacturing plant, which is one of the plants involved in the recall. Our tire was very close to being shredded by the broken spring and could have caused a very serious accident. I believe our car should be a part of this recall and stated to the Ford agent that I was dissatisfied by the apparent runaround I was receiving. I requested a formal complaint to be made, and he stated he would place my complaint in their database. If he actually did, I have no idea. All cars produced in the time frame at the Chicago plant should be included in this recall. I will not buy another Ford product again due to this issue.

- Pittsfield, IL, USA

problem #41

May 022013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 162,830 miles
During multipoint inspection dealer found rear springs broken total cost of repair $572.58. Your data base shows this has been a defective part issue and no recall. Local dealer not aware of rear spring issue.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #40

Dec 312012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 170,000 miles


The front, left coil spring broke leaving a jagged edge that shredded the tires sidewall when the car was put in reverse. I do not know exactly when the spring broke, but I was driving on the freeway prior to parking the vehicle. Had this happened on the freeway, the results could have been disastrous. The tire that was shredded was a near new studded snow tire. The total cost to repair the suspension and replace the tire will be about 400 - 500 dollars.

- Pocatello, ID, USA

problem #39

May 312012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the driver was driving 45 mph when the front driver's coil spring fractured. The vehicle was taken to an independent repair shop and the coil spring was repaired. An authorized dealer was then notified and stated that the vehicle was no longer covered under the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 04V332000 (suspension:front:springs:coil springs). The manufacturer offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 105,000...updated 09-19-12 updated 09/20/2012

- 3 Glenmore Circle, NY, USA

problem #38

Apr 232012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Front passenger coil spring fractured. This was an item that was covered by recall 04M04. The fix was to install a cheap plate to prevent the coil spring from puncturing the tire when it cracks. The recall included a prevision to replace a broken spring if the vehicle was in service less than 10 years or less than 150,000. I am disappointed that the corrective action was not to fix the coil spring itself before it would break.

- Solon Springs , WI, USA

problem #37

Apr 082012


  • 100,000 miles
We were pulling into a parking lot when we heard a loud "klunk". from that point on we always heard during left turns. The next day, I had my mechanic look at the car and the rear springs had broken. He said that it was good to get it in. $600 bill. This needs to be a recall! people have died.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #36

Mar 262012


  • 500,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle exhibited an abnormally loud noise while reversing. The contact inspected the vehicle and found that the driver and passenger side front coil springs were fractured. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer advised the contact that there was a prior manufacturer's recall for the coil springs but the recall has since expired. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 500,000.

- Hubertus , WI, USA

problem #35

Jun 042010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 65,101 miles
While driving on a city road my 2001 Ford Taurus had a blowout on the lr tire. The coil spring was broken in several places which caused part of the spring to gouge the inside wall of the rear tire. Had to replace both rear coil/shock assembly in the vehicle.

- Garden City, MI, USA

problem #34

Jan 222012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 115,000 miles
Heard clunk from rear of vehicle entering a parking lot. Inspection later that evening revealed rear spring break.

- Hudsonville, MI, USA

problem #33

Oct 202011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 144,000 miles
My frame is totally rotten!!! the a arm isn't even attracted to the frame.

- W Charleston, VT, USA

problem #32

Jul 132011


  • 120,164 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the front coil springs were fractured due to corrosion. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that there were no recalls for the failure and offered no assistance. The manufacturer was contacted and confirmed that there were no recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 120,164.

- Allenstown, NH, USA

problem #31

Mar 102010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Front springs on my 2001 Ford Taurus station wagon have broken, within a few months of each other. I thought that the problem was not common, but when I did some research on the internet I discovered that a recall notice was supposed to have been sent out in 2004. I did not receive that recall, even thought the car was registered with Ford. Note - these were clean breaks and not a result of the gradual deterioration of metal due to rust (caused by winter salt). The problem has not caused a crash, but my research found that in many cases the faulty springs broke through the spring seat and rupture the front tire. This problem has been documented as - 2000 Ford Taurus recall id from NHTSA: 04V332000 auto recall date: 20040715. Although that defect applied to a model year 2000 Taurus, the problem occurs in other model years. This is a serious safety hazard, particularly if the spring ruptures a front tire when the car is being driven on a highway. The problem has also been reported on rear springs, which have also punctured the tires. As such it should be mandatory for Ford to issue a recall notice to all owners of Taurus automobiles. This has not been done and will not be done unless NHTSA demands it.

- Markham, 00, USA

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