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2003 Ford Taurus
Problems & Complaints
CarComplaints.com Notes: Most people need a car that shifts gears & coil springs that don't shred tires. The Taurus fails in that respect.
The 2003 Ford Taurus has major issues with the transmission failing. Typically the 2003 Taurus transmission failure costs $2,000 to fix by about 90k-100k miles. Not good.
Adding insult to injury, the 1999-2003 Taurus also 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...
Worst 2003 Taurus Problems by Category
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- transmission problems386NHTSA complaints: 147
- engine problems37NHTSA complaints: 146
- suspension problems27NHTSA complaints: 322
- AC / heater problems20NHTSA complaints: 22
- interior accessories problems19NHTSA complaints: 11
- electrical problems19NHTSA complaints: 91
- windows / windshield problems9NHTSA complaints: 85
- body / paint problems6NHTSA complaints: 110
- lights problems5NHTSA complaints: 39
- brakes problems3NHTSA complaints: 37
- exhaust system problems3NHTSA complaints: 2
- fuel system problems3NHTSA complaints: 20
- cooling system problems1NHTSA complaints: 15
- steering problems1NHTSA complaints: 10
- drivetrain problemsNHTSA: 157
- exterior accessories problemsNHTSA: 126
- seat belts / air bags problemsNHTSA: 44
- wheels / hubs problemsNHTSA: 26
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 17
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