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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,988 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.

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2004 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 072012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 88,700 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact removed his foot from the accelerator pedal and noticed that the vehicle erroneously accelerated. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics where the technician advised that the cruise control cable would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 88,700. Updated 8/24/12 updated 09/11/12.

- Sauk Rapids, MN, USA

problem #3

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 #2

May 012010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 59,900 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal would become stuck, causing the vehicle to accelerate uncontrollably. The contact would pump in order to dislodge the pedal. The dealer diagnosed that the cruise control cable separated, which interfered with the throttle body. The dealer replaced the cruise control cable. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 59,900 and the current mileage was 80,000. Updated 04/19/2012

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #1

May 222001

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Throttle cable rubbing against engine causing gas pedal vibration. Oil filter leaks onto part of muffler causing smoke no matter how tight.

- Sauk Rapids , MN, USA

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