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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...

8.2

pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
$504.00
Average Mileage:
88,653 miles
Total Complaints:
13 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (9 reports)
  2. new alternator (3 reports)
  3. replaced the coil pack (1 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #13

Feb 192015

Taurus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

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

Car will stall or hesitate. Have had it scoped 4 times engine and electrically. Can't find anything. We've done a tune up coil pack diode in alternator checked. New fuel filter. May go for days and no problem, then all of sudden stalls have to pull off road lights all come on but will restart. We even went to ford dealer and they said why waste time scoping it again. Afraid to drive interstate at this point. Has anyone had similar problem please reply. We are at a stand still and don't know how to proceed in correcting this.

- , Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #12

Aug 042014

Taurus SES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

I bought this car 1 year ago from an estate, the driver was an older lady and in 10 years only put 72,000 miles on the car. Starting 2 months ago my radio started cutting out, I thought there was a short in the stereo and was going to take it to a car audio place but I was sitting at a light one morning less than 2 miles from the house and I lost all power and the car stalled. I turned it off then back on and it was fine. Less then a week later the same thing except the radio got staticy sitting at a red light and the speedometer was jumping between 20-50mph. Once the light turned red I stepped on the gas it jerked for a second then the radio came back, the speedometer went back to normal and away I went.

I did research and what I saw pointed to the VSS (vehicle speed sensor) so we replaced that and it changed nothing. After this happening 3 more times (losing power stalling and stepping on the gas and all power coming back) I went to a Ford dealer in Columbus and explained what was going on and the guy said "Gee, that's really weird, never heard of that before but we can look at it in a month" Called another dealer in Dublin and they said if I could leave it they would work it in. They had the car for a week and could never get it to do it for them so here I am 3 weeks later and still having this problem. They said they had never heard of it either so how is it that this seems to be a common problem Ford had "never heard of"? I'm afraid this car is going to kill me and my son.

- , Westerville, OH, USA

problem #11

Dec 022010

Taurus 3.0L Ohv

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

Driving down the road and it just shuts off. No POWER what so ever then sometimes i have to wait 10 minutes and it will start again. The other day the remote door locks wouldn't work and the car wouldn't start, then after a few minutes it started. just want to get it fixed and get rid of it. Any ideas???

- , Boise, ID, USA

problem #10

Dec 232010

Taurus SES 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles

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

I have replaced 3 alternators and the battery since buying the car used in 2006. it seems to be running fine then all the dash lights come on and it dies, happened again yesterday jumped it got home wouldn't restart. I am tired of replacing alternators.

- , Bullhead City, AZ, USA

problem #9

Jun 062008

Taurus SEL 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 46,000 miles

I will just be driving along and the car will stall and die. I would come back the next day to it and it would start up as if nothing was wrong. I kept putting it off since it would start again. Also i got this car from CARMAX...never go there! its now 2010 and it dies on me again and I went and the mechanic said it was the battery...so new battery. One month later now and it died again, except this time it didn't start the next day. So again i had it towed to a mechanic, hopefully they can fix it; because I am getting rid of this POS. My engine would also rev itself at a stoplight, and the speed of the car would increase on its won as well. Horrible car! I really hope someone finds a solution because I think the car is a lemon for sure!

- , Braidwood, IL, USA

problem #8

Oct 012010

Taurus V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 170,000 miles

I am so sick and tired of this freakin car. I purchased it used (2003) hoping to reduce my transportation costs.

First I had a problem with the air conditioning. Second I had a problem with the indicator lights coming on. Third was the fan belt. Fourth (after an electrical inspection and a rental vehicle) I had to change the battery. But that wasn't the problem, it was the alternator and the throttle position sensor. For 4 weeks or so the car was running well. It then needed to be state inspected and found out that the the lower ball joints needed to by changed and almost every Clown is St. Louis wanted to rip me off for about $500-$600. Finally after much searching I found someone that charged a decent price of about $300. After getting that done and verifying that everything was great according to state standards, all the freakin indicator lights came on and the car started loosing power. After stopping the car, I turned off the radio and the headlights but it was still trying to cut off. I finally turned off the heater and the car resumed to normal. I drove it around the block and then I turned it off and then on to make sure it was ok. I went into the house and 15 minutes later I came out to the car and it wouldn't turn on. I heard clicking which indicates the battery but I heard some other sound too...it was some type of moaning/grinding sound. You got to be kidding me! What was weird is that when this happened before with the battery the cabin lights were very low and the headlight were extremely low. Not this time. The lights, radio and everything appeared to be at full power........I will never buy another FORD again!

- , Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #7

Nov 262010

Taurus SEL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

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

While driving, my car acts like it is going to die, but doesn't always. All the lights on the dash come on and off. When I stop the car and take the key out of the ignition I can hear a clicking sound and when I go back later to start it the battery is dead. Please help!!

- , Lawton, OK, USA

problem #6

Nov 242010

Taurus V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles

This actually started after the car was hit in an accident in July, though the insurance co. insists it is unrelated. It started by the radio losing power while driving, without warning, & then it would come back on again. I took it to 4 garages, including the Ford dealership, & nobody could get it to repeat the problem. I was told the keys on my key chain were too heavy, so I lightened the load. The radio stopped going off, but the brake light & the fan light kept coming on periodically for no apparent reason. Again, no one could get it to repeat the problem to get it diagnosed. On Wed., twice in a few minutes the dash lights came on, the car lost power, then it came right back on. I have stopped running the radio, A/C, lights - anything electrical, so I haven't lost power since, but the brake light & fan light are still coming on. I'm scared to drive it & have it cut off again.

At this point, I'm wondering if its worth it to attempt to have it fixed, which no one seems able to do anyway, or just trade it in. It is also apparently in need of new rotors. Prior to the accident, I had no problems with the car & was very pleased with it. If someone can tell me how to fix it, I'd rather keep it.

- , Madison, AL, USA

problem #5

Aug 022010

Taurus SE 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles

THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR TWO MONTHS NOW, VERY INTERMITTENT AND NOT WORTH TAKING TO SHOP YET! GETTING VERY FRUSTRATED, I WILL B SITTING AT AN INTERSECTION AND THE SPEEDOMETER WILL INCREASE, LIGHTS FLICKER AND POWER WILL BE GONE. I ALLOW IT TO SIT FOR A MINUTE OR TWO AND IT RESETS ITSELF. I AM CONCERNED I WILL BE LEFT STRANDED SOMEWHERE. SURPRISED TO SEE OTHERS HAVING THIS SAME PROBLEM, WILL LOVE A SOLUTION!

- , Monroe, NC, USA

problem #4

Jun 092009

Taurus SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

The car idles way too fast. Car will accelerate going 50 mph without the drivers foot on the gas. Must constantly brake while driving in traffic in fear of rear-ending the car in front. I have gone through 2 alternators, 1 transmission, and 1 battery. Then spent 585.00 on some other garbage that the ford mechanics said would fix the problem. It worked.... for a month and now I am back at square one. Ohh did I mention that the car just shuts off when traveling down the road. Reeeaaallll safe Ford engineers. Don't worry though, if this ever happens to you just sit around on the side of the road for about 15 - 20 minutes and try to restart the car - it sometimes works. Put it this way... Found On Road Dead is no joke, it has happened to me numerous times.

- , Cross Plains, WI, USA

problem #3

Oct 192007

Taurus Centenial 3.0L V6 24 V

  • Automatic transmission
  • 67,000 miles

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

Driving to airport the thing dies on the interstate. Then starts up again. Limp into a Ford dealer and $500 later on my way with a new alternator. 2 years later it happens again, this time a new battery. Since the problem is intermittent we are not sure at this time if it was indeed the battery. Time will tell, but have gone thru 2 batteries and an alternator in 80,000 miles. Tell you anything about the electrical system?

- , Floyd, IA, USA

problem #2

Mar 032008

Taurus SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles

This was an issue that I had several times with the car but only during the spring months. I had it in to a couple of diff auto repair shops including the ford dealership and no one knew what the actual resolution was. After several items being replaced and to no avail, it wasn't until I had to do a tune up on the car that I had to replace the failing coil pack at 93,000 miles that I noticed the issue quit happening it was a easy two min fix.

- , Irving, TX, USA

problem #1

Jan 022007

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,490 miles

I think Ford has a defect, Iv'e had the car in for service several times. They replaced a relay this week and it is worse now. I'm bringing back to shop tonight. Very dangerous, it happens on the highway, around town, in traffic - not good

- , Apple Valley, MN, USA

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