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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:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,642 miles

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2003 Ford Taurus suspension problems

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 4)

problem #71

May 052012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 143,173 miles

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

On or about May 5th of 2012 the front passenger coil spring fractured. Which then punctured a six month old tire. Then not more than 50 days later, on aproximately June 20th of 2012 the drivers side front coil spring fractured and punctured the drivers tire which was aproximately seven months old. If this were to happen on the road on either occasion it could have easily led to one or more fatality.

- Port St. Lucie, FL, USA

problem #70

Feb 012012

Taurus

  • miles
2003 Ford Taurus station wagon. Consumer states while backing out of the garage the left coil spring broke sending a piece of broken coil into the tire causing it to rupture the consumer stated the entire coil and strut assembly had to be replaced.

- Milaca, MN, USA

problem #69

May 312011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 112,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the front driver side coil spring fractured and punctured the front driver side tire. The contact had the vehicle towed to their mechanic who confirmed the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The current mileage is 112,000. Updated 08/31/11 updated 09/09/11

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #68

May 022011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

2003 Ford Taurus. Consumer states coil spring snapped from the strut assembly while the vehicle was parked in the driveway. Updated 10/06/11. Updated 01/05/12. The consumer stated the strut was replaced at a considerable cost. Updated 02/07/12.

- Frankfort, NY, USA

problem #67

May 162011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 59,845 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving approximately 1 mph and leaving his driveway he noticed he had a flat tire. When he inspected the tire he noticed that the front drivers side coil spring had punctured the tire. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic where they are waiting for the results of the diagnostic test. The manufacturer advised him that there were no recalls. The failure and current mileage was approximately 59,845 updated 6/8/11 updated 06/23/11

- North Brook, IL, USA

problem #66

Apr 262011

Taurus

  • 74,900 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. While attempting to drive out of a parking space, the contact smelled rubber burning when he noticed the front drivers side coil spring had fractured the side wall of the tire, causing the tire to deflate. The failure was similar to NHTSA campaign id number: 04V332000 (suspension front springs:coil springs). The dealer advised the contact that his vehicle was not included in the previous recall. The manufacturer confirmed that there were no recalls associated with his VIN and offered no further assistance. The current and failure mileages were 74,900.

- Union Town, OH, USA

problem #65

Apr 042011

Taurus

  • 75,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. While the driver was traveling approximately 20 mph, she heard a loud ping sound followed by a clanking sound as if metal was bouncing on the ground. The driver stopped the vehicle and noticed a piece of unknown metal had fractured from the vehicle. The vehicle was able to be driven home and was not taken for inspection or repairs. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed that the front passenger side coil spring had broken. There was an open investigation for the failure NHTSA action number: EA08018 (suspension: Front: Springs: Coil springs). The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Oxford, NY, USA

problem #64

May 172010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
2003 Ford Taurus. Consumer states defective front coil spring the consumer stated the coil springs failed twice.

- Anoka, MN, USA

problem #63

Jan 262011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the front drivers side coil spring punctured a hole in the tire, causing it to deflate similar to NHTSA campaign number 04V332000 (suspension:front:springs:coil springs). The dealer was notified and informed the contact that his VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The current and failure mileages were 98,000. Updated 4/4/11 updated 04/28/11

- Sanford, ME, USA

problem #62

Jan 112011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 112,300 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. While driving in reverse 2 mph, the front coil spring broke and punctured the driver side front tire. The contact exchanged the tire with the spare. The vehicle was taken to a discount tire company to replace the tire where the contact was informed that the coil spring broke and advised him to have it replaced. The vehicle was taken to a local repair shop where the two front coil springs and the strut assembly were replaced. The failure mileage was 112,300 and the current mileageias 112,310. Updated 04/15/11 updated 10/12/11

- South Elgin, IL, USA

problem #61

Dec 162010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 225,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while the vehicle was parked in the drive way the drivers side front tire became flat and the front end of the vehicle fell down. The vehicle was towed to the dealer who stated that the failure was caused by the drivers side front coil spring which also damaged the tire. The dealer replaced the driver and passengers front coil springs, struts, and the front tire. The failure mileage was 225,000 and the current mileage was 230,000. Updated 2/28/11 updated 05/19/11

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #60

Dec 282010

Taurus

  • 81,300 miles
Tue 28dec2010 outside temp = 21F I entered driver's seat & immediately heard loud "bong!" sound of lf coil spring breaking. I am familiar w/ Ford recall# 04V332000 (NHTSA reference #04V332000) and have been waiting similar recall for newer models during NHTSA action number: EA08018, ongoing for over two years now. I tried to drive off slowly to avoid tire damage but could not, as within the first tire rotation the broken spring slashed the entire inside sidewall of the lf tire. Repairs will cost $300 for strut/spring replacement + $60 tow + $150 for tire, total = $510, and I expect rf to break identically at any moment. It is outrageous that the investigation of a safety hazard identical to vehicles two years older has taken two years!

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #59

Aug 152010

Taurus

  • 159,280 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The vehicle was in the driveway where the left front spring broke and punctured the tire. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where who replaced both front springs and four new tires at her expense for $1405. The manufacturer was contacted and stated that there was a recall but it did not include her year, make or model vehicle. The failure mileage was 159,280.

- Eagan, MN, USA

problem #58

Feb 162010

Taurus

  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving at 70 mph, the driver side coil spring fractured and caused the vehicle suspension to drop. The tire and axle were damaged as a result. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was awaiting repairs. The contact also stated that prior to the failure, he noticed the rear spring exhibited signs of rust. The manufacturer would not provide any assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 110,000 and the current mileage was approximately 120,000.

- Dowagiak, MI, USA

problem #57

Jul 172010

Taurus

  • 71,300 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 4 mph and making a turn, the contact heard a loud grinding and popping noise. The front end of the vehicle dropped down and the contact observed that the front drivers side tire blew out because the coil spring pierced it. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the front coil springs were replaced. The failure and current mileages were 71,300.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #56

Jul 122010

Taurus

  • 80,156 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. While reversing from a parking space at 2 mph, he heard a loud pop and the front driver tire went flat. He attempted to change the tire and noticed the coil spring was fractured in three parts. The coil spring punctured the tire and caused it to become flat. There was not a recall for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 80,156.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #55

Jun 282010

Taurus

  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. While driving in reverse at a very low speed there was a loud noise near the front driver side tire. Upon examining the vehicle, the contact noticed that the front driver side coil spring broke and pierced the tire. The coil spring was replaced by an independent mechanic. After the vehicle was repaired, the contact stated that he drove approximately 2 miles when the front passenger side coil spring broke and pierced the tire. The vehicle was not repaired for the second failure. The failure and current mileages were 64,000.

- Florence, WI, USA

problem #54

Jun 282010

Taurus

  • 140,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 5 mph, the front driver side coil spring broke. The contact replaced the front coil spring and noticed that the passenger side front coil spring was corroded. The contact had not called the manufacturer regarding the front coil spring. The contact stated that the coil spring could have caused a major crash if the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed. The failure mileage was 142,000.

- Hannah City, IL, USA

problem #53

Dec 122008

Taurus

  • 77,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the check engine light illuminated on the dashboard.the vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the cam sensor was replaced. Approximately 5 months later the failure recurred and the vehicle was taken back to an independent mechanic where the cam sensor was again replaced. The failure recurred again and the vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the cam sensor was reset. The failure has not recurred. Approximately 1 year later while driving at approximately 20 mph the front passenger side tire blew out. Upon examining the vehicle the contact noticed the coil spring was broken and pierced the tire. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where the front passenger side coil spring was replaced. The contact also stated that approximately 2 months later while attempting to operate the vehicle it would not shift into gear and would not move. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where it was in the process of being diagnosed. The failure mileage was 77,000 and the current mileage was 90,600.

- Quinnesec, MI, USA

problem #52

Mar 172010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,617 miles
2003 Ford Taurus. Consumer states problems with coil springs the consumer questioned the lack of a recall for an obvious safety problem and perhaps defective material. The front and rear coil springs ruptured on the consumers vehicle. The ball joints, front stabilizer and serpentine belt all had to be replaced on different occasions. The caliper froze, and the rotors were warped. Updated consumer letter 10/27/10.

- Sanbornville, NH, USA

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