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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...

2.5

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,300 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2003 Ford Taurus exhaust system problems

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #1

Sep 032007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,300 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. While pulling into the driveway, the contact heard a rattling noise. The mechanic stated that the belt failed. The failure was repaired, however, the noise continued. Another mechanic stated that the cam sensor failed and, once it was repaired, the noise ceased. The speed was unknown. The current mileage was 61,884 and failure mileage was 61,300.

- Fayetteville, GA, USA

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