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

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2004 Ford Taurus engine problems

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2004 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 7 of 8)

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problem #28

Feb 012011


  • 100,000 miles


While driving, if the ac is on, the car will sometimes accelerate on its own. It will rev up to 3000-3500 rpms and maintain for awhile and eventually stop accelerating. Possibly related, the cruise control turns on, but a cruising speed cannot be set. This happens multiple times.

- Brandon, FL, USA

problem #27

Mar 102012


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. While traveling 60 mph, the contact noticed that the vehicle would gradually accelerate without depressing the accelerator pedal. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the contact was informed that the failure could not be repaired. The current and the failure mileages were 78,000.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #26

Mar 082010


  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated to higher speeds. The vehicle would not stop when the brakes were applied. The vehicle was safely coasted to the shoulder of the road and restarted. The vehicle was then taken to a dealer and they informed the contact that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was approximately 40,000.

- Courtland, OH, USA

problem #25

Mar 132011


  • 48,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the accelerator pedal would get jammed. In order to release the pedal, the contact had to place the vehicle in park. The vehicle had not been inspected by a dealer nor had it been repaired. The manufacturer was notified and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 48,000.

- Bedford Heights, OH, USA

problem #24

Mar 012010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
Date approximate. Ford Taurus 2004. Vehicle accelerated and RPM increased on a downhill grade after removing all pressure from the accelerator peddle. On subsequent level grades vehicle did not slow down when the accelerator peddle was released. Braking was difficult. Upon inspection, the cable end had slipped out of its socket and jammed behind the control linkage. The Ford garage said that Ford had no recalls on the item and I would have to pay to replace the entire throttle body. Not having the money and wanting to await news from Ford, I carefully drilled a small hole through the knuckle/linkage and then safety wired the knuckle to the linkage. I drive less than 6000 miles a year. It is still working but the weakened conditioned, original defect and subsequent temporary.

- Oak Harbor, WA, USA

problem #23

Mar 152010


  • 109,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact was driving 20 mph when the vehicle increased acceleration unexpectedly. The failure stopped after the brakes were depressed. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 109,000 and the current mileage was 126,258.

- New Bedford, MA, USA

problem #22

Apr 112011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 64,453 miles


My 2004 Ford Taurus accelerated on it's own on 3 separate occasions. Without my foot on any pedal, my car kept going faster & faster. It would not stop by pressing the brakes. Car had to be put in neutral & then turned off. It happened when mechanic drove my car, also. No car in front of me, so no accident. I paid twice to have my car fixed, since problem was difficult to diagnose. Sounds like same throttle problem that is happening to other tauruses now. I have copies of my car repair receipts.

- West Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #21

Feb 132012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
While leaving a pva, gas pedal went to floor and stuck causing the engine to rev up, had no control over car, crossed road into another pva and hit 3 cars and hit 2 concrete pillars which caused injuries to the driver and caused a death to the passenger. Driver indicates he had no steering or brakes. Car did not stop until slamming into the concrete pillars....updated 03/28/12...updated 07-15-13 updated 07/19/2013

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #20

May 202011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 68,200 miles
When attempting to slow down to stop the car the RPM's revved up to over 3000rpm and it was difficult to stop the car. I had to press on the brake really hard and the car was still revved up over 3000rpm. I could barely get the car off the road and had to throw it into park and turn the car off. When I turned the car back on it still revved up to over 3000rpms. The next day the car started and idled at a normal 1000rpms. The problem repeated itself two other times with very similar scenarios. It is very difficult to get the car stopped as if it wants to run away. The first occurrence was may, 2011, then Oct., 2011, and Feb. 2012.

- Allison Park, PA, USA

problem #19

Nov 082011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 70,500 miles
I read this story U.S. investigates Ford tauruses for stuck throttles by peter valdes-dapena @peterdrives March 12, 2012: 1:19 pm et and when it happened to me did not think much about it but after reading this I am now concerned. I just pulled out from a gas station accelerated to about 30mph when I notice it was still accelerating without my foot on the accelerator pedal. As it was still gaining speed I became nervous and put it into neutral it did rev up to a hi tach speed (5000) or better. I kicked the accelerator pedal quick and hard to see if that would knock it down before I would have turned it off but it did work. I latter stopped opened the hood looked for anything obvious around the area where accelerator & speed control cable come to and found the speed control cable not connected to the ball. Reattached it but seemed loose plastic seemed to be worn some. But has fallen off again. Checked the speed control cable where it goes into the control box seemed to be loose and no binding. In all the years I have had this car have had this problem one time....oh and by the way just before I kicked the accelerator I did try to turn on/off the speed control thinking that somehow it had engaged but had no effect.

- Franklin, WI, USA

problem #18

Mar 102010


  • 128,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the cruise control would become stuck and the vehicle would accelerate and abnormally. When the failure occurred, the contact would have difficulty bringing the vehicle to a stop. The contact stated that the failure could have been caused by the cable tightening, but the vehicle was not taken to the dealer for confirmation of the failure. The failure mileage was 128,000 and the current mileage was 141,000.

- Deland, FL, USA

problem #17

Feb 182012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
Starting approximately a month ago my throttle started getting stuck on my car. I was driving down the highway and when I took my foot off of the gas peddle, the speed slowed down some, but then it acted as though the cruise control was on and the throttle was stuck. I was pressing the brake but the throttle was still engaged. Even when I was at a complete stop, the throttle was still engaged and the engine racing. Several times I had to put the car in neutral and/or stomp on the gas pedal several times to get the throttle to release. This doesn't happen all the time but is an intermittent problem.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #16

Feb 012012


  • 108,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while stopped, there was a rapid increase in engine rpms. The contact applied heavy pressure to the brake pedal and shifted into neutral. The failure ceased and the contact continued driving. A few moments later, the failure recurred. The contact safely drove the vehicle home and had her spouse examine the vehicle. The contact's spouse noticed that the cruise control cable was detached and he reattached it. The vehicle was not take to have the failure diagnosed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 108,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Fredericksburg, VA, USA

problem #15

Jul 192011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
Just saw this that you were investigating on 2005-06 Ford Taurus models in local paper for similar complaint. My complaint is for the cruise control or throttle control on my Ford Taurus 2004. My cruise control stopped working. After that, sometimes my car would just lock on usually at 40 to 60 mph as far as acceleration and eventually disengage after a period of time after pressing gas pedal or I would shut my car off to reset/reboot. It happened many times, but luckily no accidents, just a lot of wear and tear on brakes. I did mention this phenomenon several years ago to local dealer when my cruise went out and they said nothing unusual was reported and no recalls at the time. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #14

Jun 222011


  • 114,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that when driving approximately 45 mph and merging onto a highway, the vehicle suddenly accelerated to higher speeds. After trying to depress the brakes, the vehicle still would not stop. After merging off the highway, she had to engage the emergency brake in order to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was then towed to the dealer where they advised that the speed control cable had fractured, which caused the unattended acceleration. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were approximately 114,000.

- Sanleandro, CA, USA

problem #13

Mar 152011


  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the driver informed him of the engine rpms increasing when the vehicle stopped. While driving at any speed the vehicle would not slow down when pressure was removed from the accelerator pedal. The contact examined the vehicle and noticed that the cable from the vehicle speed control was not properly attached to the throttle body arm. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer to have the failure diagnosed and it was not repaired. The failure mileage was 81,000 and the current mileage was 82,918.

- Waconia, MN, USA

problem #12

Feb 192011


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact was at a complete stop when the vehicle abnormally accelerated without warning. The brakes were applied but the vehicle would not stop until the contact shifted into neutral. The dealer was contacted and advised that the vehicle would need to be diagnosed for the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Huber Heights, OH, USA

problem #11

May 152008


  • miles
Gas pedal sticks at take off but will free after jerking it a little.

- Motley, MN, USA

problem #10

Aug 092010


  • 97,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that when traveling with the cruise control set at various speeds, the vehicle would independently accelerate intermittently. The vehicle was neither diagnosed for the failure nor repaired. The current and failure mileage was 97,000.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #9

Jun 112010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
Accelerator revved without foot on gas pedal. I was coming to a stop, removed foot from gas, stepped on brake when engine start revving. At first I though brakes were failing because it wasn't slowing down as quickly as usual. Had to put car in neutral and turn off. It happened years ago, before the Toyota problem. Thought it was an isolated incident until it now happened 2 times in 2 weeks. Only happens when stopping/parking. No sudden acceleration while in motion. Also happened to my wife. Floor mat issue or hitting accelerator instead of brake is not the case.

- Burlington, NJ, USA

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