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...

8.0

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
68,231 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 032011

Taurus SES 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles

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

I have owned my 2003 Ford Taurus for about a year and the trans-axle light flashes after I drive about 5 to 10 miles. It then turns off when I shut the car off. It won't start again until I drive about 5 more miles. I don't have the money to have any repair bills so I just don't drive it out of town or for any long distances. Now I have to sell it and afraid I can't be honest because of the problem. Probably going to lose quite a bit of money on the deal.

- , Virginia Beach, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 092007

(reported on)

Taurus 4D Sedan V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,462 miles

Work States:

CUST STATES CK ENGINE LIGHT ON TRANS LIGHT ON E29 INTERNAL HERNESS DIAGRAM WAS CHRDEH CUST CONSRON TO REMOVE COER MAIN CONTROL AND VALVE BODY TO REMOVE INTERNAL HARNESS AND RETEST INTERNAL HARNESS

Location: Northside Ford, San Antonio, TX

- , San Antonio, TX, USA

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