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:
34,750 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. the weather stip had to be replaced (1 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

May 282007

(reported on)

Taurus SES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles


Ford NEEDS to recall this crappy part that is flooding out my car!! I have researched this & its happens to many Taurus/ sable, owners. Mine is in the shop as I type. I don't think my warranty ( extended) is going to cover this project, others have quoted a 250.00 price tag on getting this fixed. I just PRAY the water didn't mess up anything other than my carpet & pocketbook!

- , Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #1

Jan 052006

(reported on)


  • 32,500 miles

The car is only 32500 mile the 3 yr warranty expired 2 months ago. The weathersttrip in the dashboard failed resultting in rain water seeping into the blower motor. The blower motor & some resistors blew. Heating system totally failed in freezing weather. Water also leaked into the floor of the passender side seat ( I could see at least a gallon of rain water on the floor).

The ford dealership was nice enough to get ford to pay 70% of the costs but I still had to pay $212. The problem should not have happened in the first place in a car barely 3 yrs (32000 miles). Just shows poor buiild quality from ford. No wonder they just give a 3 yr/35,000 miles warranty.

I would never buy or recommend a ford again.

- , Old Bridge, NJ, USA

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