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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 problems359NHTSA complaints: 146
- engine problems37NHTSA complaints: 135
- suspension problems23NHTSA complaints: 315
- AC / heater problems20NHTSA complaints: 22
- interior accessories problems19NHTSA complaints: 11
- electrical problems17NHTSA complaints: 86
- windows / windshield problems9NHTSA complaints: 84
- body / paint problems4NHTSA complaints: 106
- lights problems4NHTSA complaints: 31
- exhaust system problems3NHTSA complaints: 2
- fuel system problems2NHTSA complaints: 18
- brakes problems1NHTSA complaints: 31
- cooling system problems1NHTSA complaints: 15
- steering problems1NHTSA complaints: 8
- drivetrain problemsNHTSA: 134
- exterior accessories problemsNHTSA: 125
- seat belts / air bags problemsNHTSA: 42
- wheels / hubs problemsNHTSA: 25
- miscellaneous problemsNHTSA: 19
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