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CarComplaints.com Notes: Most people need a car where the coil springs don't puncture or shred tires while driving. The Taurus fails in that respect.

The 1999-2003 Ford Taurus has a huge problem with coil springs breaking, which can puncture or even shred tires while driving.

The US government spent THREE YEARS (2008-2011) investigating the 2002-2003 Taurus coil springs. Although Taurus/Sable from earlier years were recalled, ultimately the NHTSA did not force a recall. They determined that because there had been no deaths & very few bad crashes & injuries, the broken coil springs defect was no big deal & not a safety defect. Tell that to all the owners who had close calls...


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
127,485 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
2002 Ford Taurus accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 092010

Taurus SEL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 215,000 miles


Was intermittent for a while, now all the time. Can't see any gauges at night, nor speedometer.

- , Imperial, MO, USA

problem #4

Mar 052010

Taurus SE 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

My dash lights half work. There is a light or lights that have gone out. Half the dashboard lights up.

- , Evansville, IN, USA

problem #3

Apr 232008

Taurus ESE 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Just want a fix for the problem! dash light does not go on and the turn indicators are on.

- , Lake Villa, IL, USA

problem #2

Dec 192007

Taurus SE 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,395 miles

I haven't figured this one out yet and was wondering if anyone else has seen this problem and knows the solution?

- , Danville, NH, USA

problem #1

Nov 202007

Taurus SE 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,031 miles

When it is cold and outside the dash lights do not come on, only the turn indicators, when you turn on the head lights. At first it took a couple of minutes for the lights to come on, now it takes up to 45 minutes. It is unnerving to be driving at night without dash lights!

- , Trenton, ON, Canada

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