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...


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
92,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 192011

Taurus SES 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 92,000 miles


There is always something with this piece of crap car. Let's just put in a crappy cooling system so I am stuck with a mess and a big repair bill? First the transmission, then windows that I can't get up, and now a leaking cooling system. I've owned this car for 6 months and less than 100,000 miles. Ford would you like to take everything I have worked for in my lifetime? Because you sure haven't worked very hard in putting together a car that I can be proud to own..........or wait I don't even own the thing because I can't afford the payments because I am stuck with the repair bills! Sounds pretty backwards to me!

- , Greenville, WI, USA

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