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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
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,688 miles

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2003 Ford Taurus drivetrain problems

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 7 of 9)

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problem #41

Jul 272011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 76,075 miles

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

While accelerating from a stop at a red light, vehicle shuddered a little as if transmission shifter was bumped out of gear. Vehicle coasted to a stop through the intersection. No motion was found by selecting other gears. Vehicle was towed to transmission shop and trans failure confirmed. Torque converter failure, tc bearing failure, boost pump failing and check valves out of specification. $1,800 in repair costs. I know of many people with failed Ford transaxle failures before 75K miles....

- Willoughby, OH, USA

problem #40

Feb 022012

Taurus

  • miles
Came home on my 03 Ford Taurus working great the next day turned on the car to go to work started great put it in gear to leave and no go will not go forward or back. Friends and family told me transmission might have gone bad but the strange thing is no warning signs lucky for me it failed outside my house. Explored the internet and found out that the 03 Ford Taurus has a faulty transmission.

- El Centro, CA, USA

problem #39

Jan 222012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle made noise while driving on flat ground. Asked passenger if they heard the noise and they did not. Car continued to drive approximately 2 more miles. Car started to fail while driving uphill. The car made a revving sound and then stopped moving. Turned flashers on and pulled over to the side of the road. Scared that car would not park. Tried to change gears and vehicle went into park. Still scared so hand brake was applied. Called father and uncle to move car. Car had to be pushed backwards down the hill into a parking space at a secondary school. Next day, car was towed to residence. Vehicle will be towed to transmission specialist in February for diagnosis. Had to worry about getting to work to even pay for repair. Scared to imagine the cost.

- Goodlettsville, TN, USA

problem #38

Dec 152010

Taurus

  • 0 miles

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

Was pulling out of the car garage and put in reverse the car started back and the engines RPM roared up and crashed in to neighbor tree went across the street and crashed in the other neighbor tree and house all of this in reverse.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #37

Jan 172012

Taurus

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the gear shifter would not shift into drive or reverse. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Knoble , AR, USA

problem #36

Jan 092012

Taurus

  • 159,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus station wagon. The contact was entering a parking space when the vehicle stalled on without warning. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the torque converter and pump shaft failed. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The failure and the current mileage was approximately 159,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #35

Jan 132012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 48,482 miles

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

I was just driving along and all of a sudden the rpms just went up and I started to slow down, pulled over to the side of the road and tried shifting in reverse and then drive and would not move, rpms just went up when I stepped on the gas.

- Ticonderoga, NY, USA

problem #34

Jan 102011

Taurus

  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact was driving 65 mph, the vehicle would stall without warning at any time. The contact would have to restart the vehicle for the vehicle to perform normally. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer stated that the symptoms were similar to the NHTSA campaign id number: 12V006000 (power train:automatic transmission:torque converter) recall, but the VIN was not associated. The manufacturer denied any assistance with repair to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 82,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Walnut Creek, CA, USA

problem #33

Jan 082012

Taurus

  • 65,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. While parked, the contact moved the gear shifter into reverse but the vehicle would not respond. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing where the mechanic advised the contact that the transmission would have to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 65,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #32

Jan 072012

Taurus

  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while accelerating from a red light, the engine rpms increased but the vehicle would not move. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission was defective and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 138,000.

- Derby, NY, USA

problem #31

Jan 042012

Taurus

  • 82,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact started the vehicle, but was unable to shift into any gear. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 82,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Cokeburg, PA, USA

problem #30

Jan 022012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
2003 Ford Taurus. We were driving down the road and the engine revved up like it was in neutral. No power at all. The car started slowing down in traffic and there wasn't anything that we could do about it. We coasted over to the shoulder of the roadway. We put the car in reverse - nothing, put the car in drive - nothing. We had the car towed to the mechanic. It will cost $2,500 to fix. The car only has 53,000 miles on it. Ford knows about the defective transmissions on these cars but fails to do any recalls.

- Whitesboro, TX, USA

problem #29

Jul 012010

Taurus

  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle decelerated abnormally with an increase in engines rpms. The contact mentioned that the failure was encountered once before. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who diagnosed that there was a transmission failure and that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000 and the current mileage was 98,000. The VIN was not available.

- Louisville , KY, USA

problem #28

Dec 312011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 90,456 miles
In the middle of a busy intersection, the transmission suddenly quit. The motor continued to run fine, but I had no forward power. I had to coast through the intersection. I was on a slight uphill incline and was able to put the transmission in park. Cars were passing me on both sides. Fortunately someone stopped and helped me push the vehicle to the side of the road. A very scary situation for a while.

- Clearwater, FL, USA

problem #27

Nov 242011

Taurus

  • 180,000 miles
Driving down the highway on Nov. 24, 2011 and all of a sudden car lost driving power. Coasted to the side of the road and can not drive car. Will not drive, reverse, nothing. Car turns on but will not drive. Transmission fluid is red and does not appear to be leaking.

- Belchertown, MA, USA

problem #26

Nov 132011

Taurus

  • 118,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that when first starting the vehicle, the transmission would not engage. The contact mentioned that she tried shifting into reverse to drive but the vehicle did not respond. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was 118,000.

- Wiscasset , ME, USA

problem #25

Nov 132011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Was going to work on 11/13/2011 at 5A.M., warmed up car, jumped in said car put it in reverse...nothing; put it in drive....again nothing= blown transmission...no warning at all!!

- Wiscasset, ME, USA

problem #24

Oct 242011

Taurus

  • 51,175 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact was driving 55 mph when the transmission failed. The vehicle was inspected by a local mechanic who advised that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 51,175.

- St. Simons Island, GA, USA

problem #23

Jun 012010

Taurus

  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that when shifting into drive and depressing the accelerator, the vehicle would lunge forward violently. He vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who repaired the failure, but the defect recurred. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 64,000 and the current mileage was 76,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Swannoanoa, NC, USA

problem #22

Oct 112011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 39,464 miles
My 2003 Ford Taurus has 39,464. I got in it to go to work, started it, put it in reverse and car would not move. I tried drive and nothing. I have been doing research on this problem, and find this issue is very common in the 03 Taurus, and other Ford vehicles with this transmission. I was lucky enough not to be driving when this happened, as a lot of the people I have read about. The problem being a defective torque converter. I understand that you opened an investigation in July of 2009, with aprrox. 3000 reports of this part failing. Ford needs to have a recall on these parts, before someone is killed. This is my first step in complaining about this matter, but it is not my last.

- Loudonville, OH, USA

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