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:
61,000 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace (3 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 022011

Taurus SES 3.2L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 105,000 miles


The AC went completely went out which affected my belts in the car like the water pump. I was unable to drive the car and the repairs were over 600.00 dollars.

- , Tehachapi, CA, USA

problem #3

Jan 182010

Taurus SEZ 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

The heat and AC stopped working one day, i tried to ingore the problem but u cant do that in NY its too cold to go on without a heater, Took it to the mechanic and i was told that it was the fan blower motor which cost me $200 with labor and parts. Now its working just fine.

- , Lake Success, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 172004

Taurus SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

fan quit running due to leak that allowed rain to run through the heater system somehow - car was repaired, glove compartment door was cracked by dealer then replaced by a cheaper version which pops open at every opportunity

- , Somerset, PA, USA

problem #1

May 092008

Taurus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

the fan motor appears to have quit, I can feel cold air and heat out of vents but certainly not enough to cool or heat car or to use defroster. Any one have a fix for this

- , MOss Point, MS, USA

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