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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,770 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.

2004 Ford Taurus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2004 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 242011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,981 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for an unrelated repair where it was detected that the rear driver side brake adjuster was fractured. A temporary repair was performed on the vehicle. The failure recurred three times. The component was replaced after each recurrence and once by the dealer. The third recurrence of the failure was repaired by an independent mechanic. The contact planned to notify the manufacturer of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 82,981.updated 05/23/12 updated 06/25/12

- Rutherford, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 252010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Brake line failure.. needed to replace brake lines due to chaffing.. reinforced rubber brake line under driver is chaffing in the 45 degree turn at the crossmember. I caught it B4 any accidents but just barely. This could result in sudden brake failure causing sever injury or death and should be at least investigated...

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #2

Sep 052010


  • 82,000 miles
My son and wife were in the vehicle when it accelerated out of control. My son hit the brakes hard and found it difficult to keep the car below 30 mph. He noticed the tachometer was racing 3,000 RPM even though he was applying the brake hard. He was able to pull over into a convenience store and shut off the engine. This was the only time this happened although I often felt the car was going too fast (@ 20mph) when starting up with no foot pressure on accelerator. Car was towed to dealer and repaired 2 days later. Mechanic said the 'air intake valve' was dirty (carbon deposits) and replaced. He also noted car was reprogrammed by the computer. Car performance I believe, was due to malfunction of computer or microprocessors which caused too much fuel to be injected into the engine.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #1

Jun 042004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
I purchased a new 2004 Taurus wagon with ABS and optional traction control in March,2004. I have had three instances wherein at low speed (5-10 mph) and on either wet road, gravel or other rough surface, and on attempt to brake, I have experienced brake failure and/or the engine simultaneously accelerates. I have had to place the car in neutral to overcome the forward surge. On one occasion I failed to stop at a stop sign. I had presented the vehicle to the dealer in April, 2004. At that time the dealer (smith cairns Ford, yonkers, NY) claimed the brake rotors were uneven. Subsequent to that repair, I experienced the same problem only this time the "ABS"and traction control" warning indicators activated. The dealer replaced left front wheel traction control sensor. The same problem occurred again on July 8, 2004. The dealer has been notified and I am awaiting advice from the service manager as to when the company service rep. Can inspect the vehicle.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

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