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...


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
95,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. fix short in the anti-theft device (1 reports)
2002 Ford Taurus engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 082014


  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


I inherited this car from my mother-in-law. When the vehicle gets warm and you shut it off - it won't start up again. It turns over - but never enough to go. Basically the solution has been to let it cool and this can vary from 1 hour to 4 or 5 hours. I have been stranded numerous time. I've taken the vehicle to various shops only to be told - they aren't sure what it is - but they always recommend that I replace something and the price varies from $250 to $700. I've had it. I don't want to drive the thing - because it is not reliable and the problem is intermittent. I would appreciate any direction on how to solve this irritating problem. Thanks

- , Neenah, WI, USA

problem #2

Jun 192007

Taurus 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

This from a short in the anti-theft system. Either unhook your anti-theft device or do what I did. Lock and unlock your door manually from the button inside the door repeatedly for about one minute. Every time I do this, the car starts. It doesn't happen all the time, very sporadically really. Every two or three months and always after I've driven the car a short distance and tried to restart it. One day I was blocking my brother in his driveway and started my car to let him out. I shut off the car and five minutes later when I went to start the car to leave it would not start. The cars anti-theft system keeps the car from starting because it thinks the car is being stolen. Other tricks that help start a vehicle in this condition include using your key to open either of the front doors or opening the trunk with your key. Hope this helps. I tried everything before I discovered this, including replacing my fuel pump-------$411 OUCH!

- , Newark, OH, USA

problem #1

Apr 012008

Taurus 24 valve V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

When the car is warm (only) it can fail to start, but it's very intermittent. Only happens after it's been run for a while, never on cold start. New plugs and wires. After this happens and I crank I can sometimes start it but it will stall if I don't keep giving it lots of gas, like there's a bad sensor - but there's no code (it's been checked) and no check engine light. After about 5 minutes of running 'past this' the problem seems to be gone.

- , Worcester, MA, USA

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