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.

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...

10.0

really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
109,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

AC / heater problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 062009

Taurus ES 3.2L V

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

MY CAR CUTS COMPLETELY OFF IF I HAVE THE A/C, HEATER OR THE FRONT DEFROST ON--AS SOON AS U PUT IT INTO DRIVE THE CAR SHUT RIGHT OFF!!!

I am a single mother of 2 and this problem affects my children as well as myself. In the summer it's hot and there's no a/c and in the winter my poor babies are freezing. I have to use blankets to try to stay warm. My job was a nice distance from my home. It would be ok in the summer but in bad weather it was, and is, horrible--did I mention my front defrost will not work while my car is in drive either. This poses a potential danger in rain, hail,ice and snow storms.

- , Philadelphia, PA, USA

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