Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. 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...


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,924 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.

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #13

Dec 202007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


When I purchased the car, the low setting on the blower motor didn't work. I had the resistor replaced, and the motor worked for a while. Then I noticed water on the passenger side floorboard. Water was entering the passenger side, behind the dashboard, through a leak near the air intake of the blower motor. The water has rusted the blower motor, causing it to blow the motor resistors and short out the motor. It has also caused water damage on the passenger side floor. I had to take the vehicle to the dealer to have the leak sealed and the blower motor replaced. I am currently waiting for the work to be done, so I don't have an idea of what it will cost yet. I will request that they return the old blower motor to me.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #12

Nov 232007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 58,800 miles
Water leaks onto the heater/ac blower motor on my 2002 Taurus. Dealership repaired at a cost, to me, of $322. This is a known problem with all 2001-2004 Ford Taurus'/Sable as evidenced by the tsb 04-15-3 found here: and a google search for (water leak & blower motor on Ford Taurus') a recall should be in order.

- Macomb, MI, USA

problem #11

Nov 032007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
When it rains, water enters the vehicle on the passenger side near the blower motor. Rugs and mats on right side of car are saturated. All attempts at stopping water entry are futile.

- Sicklerville, NJ, USA

problem #10

Aug 182007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,397 miles


Water leaks in cabin on passenger side. This will be the third time taking it in and not really being repaired properly. It is a 2002 Taurus bought brand new.

- Hales Corners, WI, USA

problem #9

Dec 012006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles
2002 SE Taurus - water leaking onto the passenger side floor through the air blower. Apparently coming in through a cowl (?) during heavy rain, the passenger floor collects water dripping form under the glove box and the blower area. Ford company told me this is my problem and not do I get them to take my complaint to heart. This should be reviewed by Ford as a defect. This is my 4th Ford and I have had enough!

- Perrysburg, OH, USA

problem #8

Dec 042004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a water leak in the cabin of my 2002 Ford Taurus. Ford acknowledged this problem and is conducting a silent recall. But no formal recall. This can be found on the web in numerous articles. Now I am experiencing electrical problems and I had to replace the blower motor assy.

- Londonderry, NH, USA

problem #7

Aug 012006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Recurring problem with 2002 Ford Taurus leaking water through cabin air intake. Results in puddles on passenger-side floorboard and ruined blower motor. Needed to replace blower motor and spray for mold in the carpet.

- Butler, NJ, USA

problem #6

Jun 252006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,012 miles
I discovered a puddle of water in the passenger side floor, and shortly after that the blower motor started malfunctioning. Now the motor doesn't work at all and I have no A/C and no defrost. My windshield fogs up all the time and causes me to have to pull over. This is the most unsafe car I have ever owned.

- Greenville, RI, USA

problem #5

Dec 252005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles
Component: Electrical system details: Heater blower resistor blew from water injection from cowl from windshield. Mechanic stated that cowl was problem. Permitted water to get into blower resistor. Blower resistor was irreparable. Replacement of cowl and blower resistor costs $325. Cause: Defective cowl. Result: Replacement of both cowl and blower motor. $325.

- Plainfield, IL, USA

problem #4

Jan 012005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
Blower of heat and defroster on my 2002 Ford Taurus ses failed. Due to failure, was unable to have windshield defrosted until problem was fixed for over $300. Motor failed due to defective drainage around windshield which caused water to get in blower motor and destroy it.

- Patchogue, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 012005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,032 miles


Water leaks into passenger compartment and fills blower motor with water during rain. This causes the blower motor to fail, which causes the defrost function to stop working. Lack of visibility.

- Tewksbury, MA, USA

problem #2

Oct 252004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
The consumer stated that water was getting into the blow motor. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer and contacted the manufacturer, and they were aware of the defect, but were not willing to assist the consumer.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #1

Mar 252003


  • 49,000 miles
Water leaked through the windshield when rained. The dealer was notified.

- Great Bend, KS, USA

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