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Crashes / Fires:
15 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
92,588 miles

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2004 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 5 of 8)

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problem #68

Sep 052012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 157,000 miles


The car just picked up speed and was difficult to slow down. I was able to maneuver the car off the expressway and turn the car off which allowed the car to slow down and stop. My brakes and tires were smoking (lucky no fire) but brand new brake pads gone. I discovered it was my cruise control cable Ford denies any problem with the cable I will be replacing it and brakes this weekend.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #67

Sep 062012


  • 104,200 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck while being depressed. The vehicle accelerated up to 50 mph. The contact was able to return the accelerator pedal to the upright position, and gain control of vehicle. The failure recurred. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or repair shop for inspection or repair. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 104,200.

- Vicksburg, MI, USA

problem #66

Aug 242012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
While driving the accelerator was racing so high, I turn off the engine then I start the engine it still racing.when I put in reverse then drive it stops racing it really scares me.

- Mckeesport, PA, USA

problem #65

Aug 132012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 141,326 miles


The cars accelerating all by itself. Started a few days ago then stopped. Today it wouldn't stop. Even after car was off for 10 mins. When turned on the car was still accelerating.

- Warren, MI, USA

problem #64

Jul 262012


  • 70,000 miles
I have a 2004 Ford Taurus with almost 70,000 miles on it, and now it has a stuck throttle. On 6/29/2012 I noticed that my cruise control was not working. I began driving the vehicle again on July 18 and starting on July 26 I noticed on the highway that it was accelerating itself without pressing down on the accelerator pedal. Upon turning the car on to drive home from work, the problem was instantly apparent again. The engine will rev itself up to 3000+RPM while in park, and I had to completely press down the brakes to get it to slow down at stop lights and then would put it in park (as a safety precaution). When the light would turn green shifting into drive would make the car jump instantly. Reading of the investigation of the Ford 2005 Taurus and the symptoms that other drivers have had, I am 100% convinced that I am experiencing the same issue. I plan on towing the car to a Ford dealership soon for repair.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #63

Jul 252012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 200,500 miles
Vehicle did not slow down when foot removed from gas pedal. Engine ran at high rate of speed even with brake on. When vehicle was shifted to neutral, RPM gauge showed engine running at 3500 to 4000 RPM. Mechanic found cruise control cable had disconnected from throttle and prevented throttle from moving properly, causing it to be stuck open.

- Dumfries , VA, USA

problem #62

Jul 222012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 92,960 miles


The car experienced sudden acceleration. Driving at ~40 mph, I noticed when I stepped on the brake to turn the car did not slow down that much and the tachometer was over 2000 RPM. When I pulled over and put the car in park the tachometer went to over 4000 RPM. I shutoff the engine tapped the gas pedal and restarted the engine. Once again the tachometer was over 4000 RPM. I put the car in drive and the car took off. I rode the brakes the ~1000 ft to my home. I once again shutoff the and then restarted this time it was idling at ~800 RPM (normal). Since I rode the brakes to keep the car under some control, all four wheels were very very hot. I went on line and found others have this problem when the cruise control cable becomes detached from the throttle cam. I inspected the cruise control cable and found it was in fact detached. Needless to this sudden acceleration could have led to a serious accident. At a minimum it did some wear to the braking system and possibly wheel bearing damage as a result of the excessive heat.

- Tolland , CT, USA

problem #61

Feb 012012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 177,000 miles
The throttle sticks when slowing down to a stop. It suddenly revs up. Must stomp on the brakes and attempt to throw into neutral. Had been able to stop but 2 days ago rear ended a truck. Damage to my car.

- Algonquin, IL, USA

problem #60

Feb 012012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 176,000 miles
The throttle sticks when slowing down to a stop, it suddenly revs up. Must then stomp on the brakes and try to throw it into neutral. Usually can catch it however, 2 days ago ended up rear ending someone. The front end of my car is damaged. Ran into a truck which wasn't damaged.

- Algonquin, IL, USA

problem #59

Jun 022012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Accelerator on 2004 Ford Taurus ses sticks when accelerating onto highway or other high-speed roadway. Have to throw the transmission into neutral and then press on gas pedal to halt the acceleration. Seems to happen when accelerating. It may be connected to the car's cruise control, which recently stopped working. A cable that attached to throttle comes off and won't stay on the nipple where it normally attaches (have a photo of the cable).

- Houston , TX, USA

problem #58

Apr 012011


  • 110,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the vehicle abnormally and rapidly accelerated. The brake was applied and the vehicle was placed in neutral but the vehicle continued to accelerate. The contact began tapping the accelerator pedal and eventually regained control of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis and the throttle body was serviced. The manufacturer was notified and offered no assistance. The failure recurred over 150 times. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 147,000.

- Abbington, MD, USA

problem #57

May 022012


  • 175,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that as the vehicle was started with the accelerator depressed, the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but the dealer was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacture was contacted and advised the contact that there were no recalls and that they were unable to assist. The failure and current mileage was 175,000. The VIN was not available.

- Greendale , IN, USA

problem #56

Dec 012011


  • 98,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph the accelerator pedal became stuck, as a result rpms increased. The contact mentioned that he had to engaged the brake with an incredible amount of pressure in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance since the vehicle was not included on any recalls. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 98,000 and the current mileage was 105,000.

- Twinsburg , OH, USA

problem #55

May 092012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,350 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact was driving 50 mph when the acceleration pedal was released in an attempt to reduce speed. The vehicle suddenly accelerated abnormally. The brake was applied with extreme force in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed, they located the failure at the cruise control cable and the throttle body. The vehicle was repaired on May 11, 2012. The failure and the current mileage was 19,350. Updated 07/17/12

- Cranston , RI, USA

problem #54

May 052012


  • 51,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving 40 mph, the vehicle exhibited an abnormal noise as if the vehicle was attempting to accelerate. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 51,000 and the current mileage was 91,481.

- San Antonio , TX, USA

problem #53

May 012012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
Traveling southbound through a parking lot the vehicle suddenly accelerated with the brake engaged. The vehicle stuck a support pillar in front of a pizza hut restaurant. Driver suffered broken ribs, passenger suffered C2 fracture, broken ribs, internal bleeding. Vehicle has been declared totaled. I am filing this on behalf of my father.

- Briarcliff Manor, NY, USA

problem #52

Feb 202012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph the vehicle accelerated up to 60 mph on its own. The contact stated that he had to place the vehicle into neutral to stop the failure. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 100,000 and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Madison Height, VA, USA

problem #51

Mar 152012


  • 139,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, the vehicle unintendedly increased acceleration and the rpms increased up to 4,000. The vehicle was maneuvered to the side of the road cautiously. The vehicle was able to slow down to a stop after shifting into the neutral position and engaging the brake pedal. The contact resumed driving. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, where the cruise control cable was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 139,000.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #50

Jul 012006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
I have a 2004 Ford Taurus and around 2006 the throttle sometimes accelerates and sticks on its own. The cruise control also stopped working around this time. When I was driving I would notice the RPM's going up and not coming down, so I would have to put the car in neutral and rev the engine. This is happening more frequently. I have asked multiple mechanics to help with this problem but no one has had a clue about this or how to fix it, including classic Ford in mentor, Ohio.

- Willowick, OH, USA

problem #49

Jun 012011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Everytime the vehicle is driven the vehicle accelerates on its own even while applying the brake. While moving or stopped, I have to shift into neutral, the rpms rev up and I have to tap the gas pedal for the rpms to drop back down. Then, I have to shift back into drive. The only solution I have been given is to replace the idol air control valve (iac) and that didn't make a difference. I don't have a problem shifting into neutral while driving, because I am an experienced driver, but my 17 yr son drives the car as well and I worry about his safety.

- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, USA

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