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...


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
100,034 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.

2002 Ford Taurus suspension problems

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 8 of 8)

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problem #13

Mar 152007


  • miles


After today I have replaced all the coil springs my 2002 Ford Taurus, which I purchased brand new. The first coil spring to go was a rear coil spring, fortunately when it decided to go I was driving on my street. It grazed the rear tire causing a giant rip. The car was still under warranty when this occurred. The second coil (front drivers side) went in March of 2007, it basically blew out my tire, on a busy street. It cause nearly $1500 worth of damage today my car went to a local Ford dealership for service (unrelated to the coil springs) and I was told I need to replace two coil springs to the tune of over $700. I understand that there have been several complaints of this occurring on the 2002 Ford Taurus.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #12

Jun 152008


  • 75,000 miles
In February, 2008, had both rear springs fixed on my 2002 Ford Taurus. Was told by the garage that this was a common problem for Ford but the 2002 was not included in the recall. Just today, June 15, 2008, was driving at about 55 mph with my family home from church when it sounded like we ran over a log - my husband checked and the drivers side front spring is busted.

- Goshen, IN, USA

problem #11

Jun 032008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 94,600 miles
Drove my car in normal conditions. I heard a rattling noise and when checking it out found the front driver side coil spring had snapped. Took it in to have both front coil springs replaced.

- Sheboygan, WI, USA

problem #10

Apr 112008


  • 44,483 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. While driving in reverse at an unknown speed, the contact felt a bump and heard a popping noise when she turned the steering wheel. She discovered that the front driver side tire was flat. She replaced the tire with the spare and went to the tire store. She was informed that the spring strut failed. The vehicle was taken to an auto garage and the spring strut and stabilizer bar were replaced at the cost of $300. The manufacturer added the contact's name to the recall waiting list, but they would be unable to assist. The recall number was unknown. The failure mileage was 44,483.

- Lake Ariel , PA, USA

problem #9

May 062008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 75,624 miles
Coil springs broke on my 2002 Ford Taurus. When I called the tow truck company, he stated it was about the sixth Taurus he had towed that month with the same, exact problem. When we got to the auto mechanic, he said he fixes these all the time on Taurus' and he's very surprised they will not cover it on a recall. I was just researching this on the internet & found hundreds of complaints of the very same issue on 2002 Ford Taurus'.

- Holmen, WI, USA

problem #8

Feb 012008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,930 miles
We just had to replace both rear coil springs in my 2002 Ford Taurus with only 32000 miles. Do you think when I go to replace this car that I will look for another Ford"??????????????????"I don't think so.

- Galion, OH, USA

problem #7

Jan 222008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


I have a 2002 Ford Taurus. On the evening of Jan. 22, 2008 my wife was leaving work when she heard a loud thump, the front of the vehicle fell downward. She was unable to steer, move forward or reverse. Having to move the vehicle, we had it towed to a near by auto repair station where it was than inspected. Needing the vehicle asap, the technician called that night to inform us that the drivers front coil spring broke in half and that it was wedge into the wheel. After further inspection he found that the pass front coil spring was also cracked. Needing the vehicle, I had them do the repairs which included coil springs, struts, damaged sway bar links, and bearings for a total $ $810.84. When I picked the vehicle up I was told by the tech that the rear springs are also cracked and should be replaced asap. I was told by the local dealer that there was a recall on this matter but only on the 2001. Why not the 2002 and what corrections were made? it doesn't seem right that the exact same issue still occurs on the 2002 vehicle. I did contact Ford customer service for help paying for these repairs, but was told they could not help me. Thank god my wife was not driving on the highway when the spring broke and wedged in the wheel.

- Adrian, MI, USA

problem #6

Dec 162007


  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,958 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the front left driver side tire blew. Upon inspection, he notice the strut spring punctured the tire. The dealer replaced the left front strut spring. The current and failure mileages were 96,958. The VIN, engine size, and number of cylinders were unavailable.

- Clyde, OH, USA

problem #5

Dec 202007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles
2002 Ford Taurus 108,000 miles, broken front left spring 12/10/07, broken right rear spring 12/20/07, upon checking right rear, also checked left rear, broken left rear spring also, appears to have been broken for a long time. Replaced front springs and struts-$500 (labor was done by myself), replaced both rear springs ($330) labor done by myself and sway bar links on both sides, $70.

- Belvidere, NJ, USA

problem #4

Feb 182007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,000 miles
The 2002 Ford Taurus began to shake during braking or over speeds of 20 mph. The shaking became worse until three of the five lug studs on the front driver side wheel snapped off. This caused the vehicle to become undrivable. The hub had to be completely removed and the five studs had to be replaced.

- Kaysville, UT, USA

problem #3

Aug 172006

(reported on)


  • miles


2002 Ford Taurus coils broke and punctured the tire and consumer would like reimbursement for repairs. The year before the problem with the coils, the dealer replaced the front stabilizer limb and strut connection. The consumer was informed by the manufacturer that there was no recall on his make and year, therefore, there was no defect.

- Niagara Falls, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 222005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,022 miles
The contact stated the hub bearings on the right wheel in the front were bad, had to replace them three times. On 8-22-05 a garage told the contact the wheel was getting ready to fall off. They had not taken it back to the dealer. She heard a noise like a rubbing, grinding sound and the noise got worse. The noise occurred at speeds of 10 mph and above. Also the engine light was coming on, and they had to replace the feedback sensor to the engine. The vehicle would stall while being driven. The dealer replaced the fuel tank and pump. The vehicle could not be started. The dealer replaced the battery. Two ball joints, one inner tie rod and left side axle shaft were replaced.

- Inkster, MI, USA

problem #1

May 132003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When applying the brakes to come to a stop vehicle jerked as if it was rear ended. Took vehicle to dealership, and was informed by mechanic nothing could be found.

- Washington, DC, USA

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