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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
93,160 miles

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2004 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #130

Sep 012014

Taurus

  • 68,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently. When the brake pedal was depressed, the throttle would continue to rev intermittently. The failure occurred multiple times. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and the mechanic stated that the control cables detached from the throttle body and subsequently interfered with the throttle fully closing to the idle position. The vehicle was not repaired and the manufacturer was not notified. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #129

Sep 022014

Taurus

  • 60,000 miles
I was accelerating after being stopped at a red light and noticed the car kept accelerating after taking my foot off the pedal. I applied the brake and it continued to accelerate after removing the brake. I put the vehicle in neutral and it went up to 3000rpm. I put it back in drive and the car corrected once drive was re-engaged. The cruise control in the car will not turn on and if it does it will not set an acceleration. The problem was noted earlier in the year but pushed off as a fluke. Then after doing research I see that most Taurus' have this same problem. When I contacted Ford they will not fix the problem because there is no recall. This is a huge safety concern and should be issued a recall. Perhaps if there is an accident there will be more investigation into the problem.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #128

Aug 152014

Taurus

  • 20,000 miles
This has happened to me a couple of times already. I was driving behind my boyfriend we where headed to his house, and my car started accelerating at a fast unusual pace. He stopped in front of me at a stop light, and as I was pressing on my brakes there was a couple of loud clunks coming from inside my engine. I was just riding my brakes, luckily the car was able to slow down and come to a stop. When the light turned green, it was behaving normally. I've looked this up, and noticed that this was a recurring problem with almost all models of Ford Taurus. Yet there is no recall? I hope you realize how dangerous this problem actually is, and I hope that something is done about it soon.

- New Albany, IN, USA

problem #127

Jul 242014

Taurus

  • 166,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while she drove up an incline the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The local mechanic performed a diagnostic which located the failure at the cruise control clip attached to the throttle body failed. The vehicle was repaired. The dealer disconnected the cruise control cable. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 166,000.

- Kansas City , MO, USA

problem #126

Mar 142014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
Driving on interstate and the cruise control started speeding up would not stop and when brakes applied it continued to rev the engine. I stopped the auto and it was still racing and squealing tires. Turned vehicle off then sat for awhile turned engine on and it took off again with engine racing and tires squealing as I sat in parking lot with foot on break. Finally after sitting for some time the cruise no stopped working all together and I am able to drive car but cruise no longer works and the gas pedal sticks at times now and I have to double tap to release.

- St Joseph , MO, USA

problem #125

Feb 032014

Taurus

  • 88,000 miles
The car jumps when stopped at a light. You have to leave plenty of room between cars or it will jump into a car. Also, we have had to replace the alternator and battery several times. The alternator was 3 times and the battery 5 times. All of the sudden out cruise control went out and after that is when the jumping started. Hard to start and it jumps while idling in park as well as all other gears. Transmission replace 4 years ago.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #124

Jun 182014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 65,024 miles

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

Vehicle unexpectedly gained speed while backing out of driveway causing collision with mailbox before car could be brake to stop. Prior to this the vehicle speed would remain constant when foot was removed from accelerator pedal while driving at approximately 35mph then the car gained speed on its own. Vehicle was able to be brought under control by braking even as the idle surged. Vehicle was taken to autonation Ford of katy where they diagnosed "rolling idle from proportioning valve leaking at back of intake" as the cause. Work was not performed because our son who happened to be in town saw that the cruise control cable had become detached from the throttle. My son reattached the cable and there have not been any further issues with a stuck idle or unattended acceleration.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #123

Mar 052014

Taurus

  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. While driving 30 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated and continued to do so even after the contact removed her foot from the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the failure could not be duplicated. The manufacturer was notified and the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Simpsonville, SC, USA

problem #122

Jun 162014

Taurus

  • 148,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerate independently without any warnings. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the cruise control disconnected and became lodge on the throttle. As a result, the cruise control needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 148,000 and the current mileage was 148,035.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

problem #121

May 262014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 121,900 miles
Have owned this car for 1 week. While replacing the spark plugs, found the cruise control cable was not connected to the throttle, which explained why the cruise didn't work. Reconnected the cable. On a test-drive, had the cruise set at 50. In testing the 3 right-side cruise buttons (resume, set, coast) the car accelerated past 65 on its own. "off" button and brake pedal did not disconnect cruise system. Rode the brakes to a stop and shut the engine off. Started the engine and it revved up to 3,000 without my foot on the pedal. Engine returned to normal idle speed after a blip or two on the gas pedal. Carefully drove home and checked - the cruise cable had come undone from the throttle again. Unintended acceleration of this model should be a recall issue before someone gets hurt.

- Carmel, IN, USA

problem #120

Mar 122014

Taurus

  • 165,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving various speeds and depressing the accelerator pedal it became stuck intermittently. The failure was not diagnosed by a mechanic. Both the dealer and manufacturer were made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 165,000.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #119

Oct 112013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 111,550 miles
When accelerating at about 40 mph the cruise control would not work when I tried to engage it, however the car began speeding up quickly while my foot was off the gas peddle. I tried to engage/disengage the cruise control but got no response, except the engine RPM and car was still speeding up, the car was getting close to 60mph and I began putting on the brakes the car was still trying to accelerate and RPM still going up as I was stopping the car. This car continues to accelerate faster on it's own when driven and today 5/19/14 again from about 35 to 50 in about a mile, this was not as severe as the first time but is troubling and a waste of my gas and brakes. This is a Taurus sel with automatic trans. And a 3.9L V6 engine. I found the cruise control cable off of the lever it connects to near the intake manifold( after reading about other Taurus models/years with the same problem). I will be contacting a Ford dealer to see if they have a fix as cable is still very loose after I tried to reconnect it.

- Shelby Township, MI, USA

problem #118

Apr 072014

Taurus

  • 120,934 miles
I was headed to the grocery store a little after noon and when I pulled away from a stop sign and accelerated toward 45 mph the RPM kept increasing after I took my foot off the accelerator once I reached the desired speed. They quickly jumped to between 3000 and 3500 RPM so I applied pressure to the brake and thought it would stop. It didn't. the second I let go of the brakes the car started to accelerate on its own quickly. I pulled over, turned the car off, but when I turned it back on the rpms went high again as if I was flooring the gas pedal. I turned around and cautiously went back home, riding the brakes the entire way (almost 5 miles) and parked it. The next day everything was normal.

- Smyrna, TN, USA

problem #117

Apr 072014

Taurus

  • 120,934 miles
I was headed to the grocery store a little after noon and when I pulled away from a stop sign and accelerated toward 45 mph the RPM kept increasing after I took my foot off the accelerator once I reached the desired speed. They quickly jumped to between 3000 and 3500 RPM so I applied pressure to the brake and thought it would stop. It didn't. the second I let go of the brakes the car started to accelerate on its own quickly. I pulled over, turned the car off, but when I turned it back on the rpms went high again as if I was flooring the gas pedal. I turned around and cautiously went back home, riding the brakes the entire way (almost 5 miles) and parked it. The next day everything was normal.

- Smyrna, TN, USA

problem #116

Apr 072014

Taurus

  • 120,934 miles
I was headed to the grocery store a little after noon and when I pulled away from a stop sign and accelerated toward 45 mph the RPM kept increasing after I took my foot off the accelerator once I reached the desired speed. They quickly jumped to between 3000 and 3500 RPM so I applied pressure to the brake and thought it would stop. It didn't. the second I let go of the brakes the car started to accelerate on its own quickly. I pulled over, turned the car off, but when I turned it back on the rpms went high again as if I was flooring the gas pedal. I turned around and cautiously went back home, riding the brakes the entire way (almost 5 miles) and parked it. The next day everything was normal.

- Smyrna, TN, USA

problem #115

Apr 072014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
Driving down a side street going approximately 15 mph. The vehicle started racing and speeding up. I applied the brakes and could feel the jerking of the car fighting to speed up. I pulled over and put the car in neutral which caused the RPM meter to race. I pushed hard on the hard accelerator and let off and that stopped the RPM's from racing. This has been happening more and more over the past few months. One time, I had to turn the car off and when I started it up it was still racing. A combination of pressing hard on the accelerator (in N) and turning the car off seems to help. There is not always a place to pull over, this is an accident waiting to happen. My mechanic had no ideas why this is happening so I researching solutions myself.

- Oakland, ME, USA

problem #114

May 102012

Taurus

  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford torus. The contact stated while driving approximately 10 mph the vehicle accelerated independently as the brake was being applied without warning. The failure occurred five times over a one month period. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who did not diagnosed the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000. Updated 5/27/14

- Spring Vally, NY, USA

problem #113

Mar 312014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
Vehicle suddenly began to accelerate after I had taken my foot off the gas pedal. It reached approximately 50 mph before I applied the brakes. It responded to the brakes, but was difficult to hold at a stop for a stoplight. Putting the car in park or neutral caused the engine to rev to 3,00 - 4,000 rpms. The problem recurred several times on a 4 -5 mile drive. Car was taken to a dealership where the problem was diagnosed as a faulty cruise control cable holding the throttle open. Cruise control cable assembly was replaced and problem has not recurred. I have contacted Ford to discuss the issue and mentioned the high number of similar complaints seen on this site.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #112

Apr 042014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 131,000 miles
Car continues to accelerate at moderate rate when foot is not on the accelerator. I was still able to stop the car easily using foot brake, but when stopped the car was revving at a much higher rate than usual. Not clear yet whether the problem is getting worse.

- Enumclaw, WA, USA

problem #111

Mar 042014

Taurus

  • 160,000 miles
I was driving and coming to a complete stop, when the car began to accelerate itself. I brake, that didn't help much. It stopped the car, but did not stop the engine from abnormally revving itself up. I pushed the gas and it was okay, but still at a higher RPM than normal. Again, 5 mins later, while sitting in traffic it revved up again. It was at about 2500 RPM, coming from a dead stop. I freaked out and tried to put the car in park thinking that would help. When I put it in park, it revved itself to about 4000rpm. I turned it off. I turned it back on a short while later and drove to a parking lot and kept it parked.

- Portland, OR, USA

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