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 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...


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
98,308 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace ac compressor (2 reports)
  2. replace with a replacement pulley (2 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 052016

Taurus SES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


This is the one thing that was fixed before my gas leak. Taurus is one big lemon.

- , Morgan Mill, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 142010

Taurus SES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Problem after problem with this car.... Ac clutch burned out, caused by a bad compressor. CANNOT afford $500 to $600 to replace the compressor and clutch.

- , Jeffersonville, IN, USA

problem #2

Jan 022012

Taurus SEL 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,777 miles

I bought this car used thinking of it as a great deal due to the low mileage. After one month, my A/C compressor went out. I replaced it with a replacement pulley, since I really don't trust this model after everything I read about it and I didn't want to invest money to fix it with a new compressor. Two weeks later, both my rear power windows stopped working. I swear, this will be my last Ford ever!

- , Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Canada

problem #1

Jun 012011

Taurus SES 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,456 miles

The AC Compressor was making a sound inside the Compressor every 3 4 seconds the Pulley inside was bad and it broke the Compressor.

- , Orando, FL, USA

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