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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...


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Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
68,508 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. oil leaking onto exhaust (3 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Ford Taurus engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 102010

Taurus SES 3.0L V6 Flex Fuel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,110 miles


Noticed a burning smell with engine running. Checked oil filter ( after last event -similar situation) and found it loose- AGAIN. Tightened it more than one full turn and leak stopped. ( oil & filter changed at Sherwood- Groves Ford). See later.

- , Friendsville, PA, USA

problem #3

Oct 052009

Taurus SES 3.0L V6 Flex Fuel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,210 miles

I smelled something burning when driving. Found oil leaking on ground. I checked and found oil leaking from oil filter. Oil filter had loosened. I tightened it more than one full turn. See later.

- , Friendsville, PA, USA

problem #2

Dec 012011

Taurus SES 3.0L V6 Flex Fuel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,710 miles

I noticed a burning smell with engine running. Checked oil filter (from previous experience) and found it loose. Tightened it one and one half turns. (Last oil change by Feduke Ford). Discussed this with service manager at Feduke, but was given no definitive answer about cause of leak, at next service ( 12/05/11).

- , Friendsville, PA, USA

problem #1

Nov 012009

Taurus SE 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Since I have had my car, I have had an oil burning smell in my heater or ac when I am idling at a stop light...too many in my city. I have taken my car in and explained the problem. They have attributed these problems to something else..coolant reservoir problem, radiator, problem, etc. However, the problem is still there. Plus, my car engine light came on a few days ago for a day and a half (the yellow engine light which means go get it looked at...red means stop your car, I am told). After a day and a half, the indicator light went off. It funs fine. When the light was on, the engine ran rough, especially at idle.

- , Evansville, IN, USA

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