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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,208 miles

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2005 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 19 of 24)

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problem #114

Nov 012010

Taurus

  • 68,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 30 mph, the driver disengaged the accelerator pedal but noticed that the vehicle would not decelerate. The vehicle eventually decelerated on its own. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for a diagnostic test. The mechanic stated that the end of the cruise control cable became loose from the throttle and caused the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact disconnected the cable to avoid a recurrence of the failure. There was an investigation under NHTSA action number PE12005 (vehicle speed control:cables) that may be related to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 68,000.

- East Rochester, NC, USA

problem #113

Mar 082012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 63,000 miles
I was driving in Suburban rush hour traffic, 35-40mph, slowed for red light and engine started racing. Rpms over 2000, car would not slow down. I had to literally "stand" on the brake pedal to prevent hitting the car in front of me. My car then slowed down to about 5-10 mph, I shifted to neutral and turned engine off. There I sat, traumatized, blocking traffic for several minutes, before restarting engine, pulling off road and turning engine off again. After about 10 minutes I restarted and drove to my destination without problem recurring. There were no engine warning lights. This was second time this has happened, oddly enough at about the same location in my commute (after about 20 minutes of driving). Broadcast and internet sources indicate that you are investigating this issue. I contacted Ford, where customer service personnel were polite but not very helpful. They acknowledge issue, but say there's no recall. They took contact information, but would not give me an incident/case number because "our computers are down." I contacted two local dealers, who say they have heard nothing about the problem, but will be happy to take a look (at their regular service charge of $200-300). Please add this to your list of safety complaints for this model.

- Derwood, MD, USA

problem #112

Mar 052012

Taurus

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle unexpectedly accelerated while stopped or while driving at speeds up to 45 mph. The failure continued even when the brakes were engaged. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer, but the manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 78,000 and the current mileage was 78,600.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #111

Mar 142010

Taurus

  • 140,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly acceleration up to 7,000 rpms. The contact quickly applied the brakes and shifted into neutral. The high engine rpms continued as the brakes were depressed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the vehicle speed control needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 140,000 and the current mileage was 149,000.

- Olmsted Township, OH, USA

problem #110

Mar 112012

Taurus

  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that upon shifted from park and into drive, the vehicle suddenly lunged forward. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for a diagnostic test. There was an investigation under NHTSA action PE12005 (vehicle speed control:cables) that may be related to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000.

- Buckeye, AZ, USA

problem #109

Mar 122009

Taurus

  • 62,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle would abnormally accelerate sporadically and at any rate of speed traveled. In order to stop the acceleration, the contact would shift into neutral and shut the vehicle off. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The current mileage was 76,000 and the failure mileage was 62,000.

- Mckes Rocks, PA, USA

problem #108

Feb 242012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles

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

While driving at approx 45mph in traffic noticed engine revving higher and RPM indicator speeding above 4000rpm. Placed transmission in neutral and braked heavily. Vehicle slowed but had to tap accelerator pedal a couple of times unstick it and to reduce RPM's. the weather was cold so sprayed linkage with lubricant but problem continues periodically. The problem seems to occur when accelerating and the cruise control is no longer operative. As I am aware of the problem have paid close attention while driving but am concerned when in heavy traffic at highway speeds. I am planning on contacting a Ford dealership to discuss the problem, but would appreciate any information that you have in connection with this problem. [xxx] [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Newport News, VA, USA

problem #107

Feb 202012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
While driving the car accelerates on it's own. It happens on a daily basis. It's hard to get it unstuck. Have to press the accelerator really hard to unstick it.

- Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #106

Oct 142010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact was driving 40 mph when the acceleration pedal became stuck in open throttle position. The contact had to abruptly stomp on the pedal in order for it to release. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who advised that the throttle or the vehicle speed control cable failed and caused the failure. The dealer advised that the cables would need to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 110,000 and the current mileage was 126,000. The consumer stated sudden acceleration caused the transmission to fail, due to the strain of trying to slow the vehicle down. Updated 08/22/12

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #105

Jun 212007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 53,000 miles
In June of 2007, I was driving home and my car began to accelerate by itself, I reached speeds in excess to 80 mph in a 35 mph zone. I was able to stop at a red light but not without my vehicle's engine revving higher and higher. I put the car into neutral so that once the light changed green, I would not lunge in to the intersection. Upon getting home, my husband discovered that the cruise control cable had become disconnected and secured it back on, over the next several weeks this continued to happen. In no way was I pressing the wrong pedal, we have since corrected the problem by securing the cable with a zip tie.

- Highland, MI, USA

problem #104

Feb 142012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 108,000 miles

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

On two occasions the gas pedal would not lift up after accelerating. The car kept increasing speed. I applied the brakes, shifted into neutral and turned off the ignition.

- Plattsburgh, NY, USA

problem #103

Sep 122011

Taurus

  • miles
I was driving 45 mph when the car suddenly accelerated quickly. I took my foot off of the gas pedal, however it continued to accelerate beyond 65 mph, despite my pressing the brake pedal all the way to the floor. As I was on a busy main road with multiple stop lights, I had to ride the shoulder and drive through two stoplights (approximately 0.25 mile) before forcing the car into neutral. This happened several more times over the next week. My local garage did a diagnostic and stated that the problem involved the cruise control cable coming loose. They performed a "temporary fix" and stated that it would need a lot more work. Although the fix has diminished the frequency and intensity of the occurrences, the car still accelerates randomly at times.

- Kingston, PA, USA

problem #102

Jan 192012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 93,000 miles
I was coming to a stop my foot on the brake the RPM`S shoot up. I had to put one foot on the brake and the other to slam the gas to floor to stop it form sticking.

- Bridgewater, MA, USA

problem #101

Aug 152011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I was driving and felt the accelerator pad click, then I noticed that my speed was increasing. As I applied the brake, I noticed that the car was not slowing down. I swerved down a side street and pull on my emergency breaks and turned off the engine. It began at approximately 30 mph and accelerated itself to approximately 40 mph. The dealership determined that my throttle cable was eroded and needed a replacement. I got a new throttle cable. About a month later, I felt the click again and I saw my speed go up again; this time, it unclicked. I contacted the dealership and dropped off the vehicle. The dealership determined this time that the tube in which the throttle cable is inserted was filled was debris so that caused another jam. The dealership did not charge me again for this service but it leads to me suspect if there are further issues with the accelerator itself.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #100

Mar 012011

Taurus

  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. While stopped at a traffic stop, the engine rpms increased abnormally. The contact stated that the failure would occur when driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostics but the mechanic was unable to diagnose the failure. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Hemitage, TN, USA

problem #99

Sep 222010

Taurus

  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck. The contact shifted into neutral in order to tap the pedal until it became dislodged. This failure recurred twice and the dealer was contacted who advised that the vehicle had previously been inspected for the same failure with lubrication to the cruise control cable. The vehicle was not further repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 90,000 and the current mileage was 94,000.

- Seneca, SC, USA

problem #98

Feb 282012

Taurus

  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while stopped at a red light with the brakes applied, the vehicle accelerated abnormally. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic and the dealer but neither could diagnose a failure with the vehicle. The contact was fearful of driving the vehicle. The failure mileage was unknown.

- Amite, LA, USA

problem #97

Oct 032011

Taurus

  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while stopped at a traffic stop, the vehicle began to accelerate without warning. The contact turned into a side street, placed the vehicle in neutral and turned the vehicle off to stop the failure. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic where the mechanic replaced the throttle body and the cruise control cable. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 78,000 and the current mileage was 88,000.

- Medford, NY, USA

problem #96

Mar 082009

Taurus

  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while attempting to accelerate from a stop, the accelerator pedal became jammed. After depressing the brakes, the engine rpms increase drastically. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where they advised him that they were unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was contacted and they offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 45,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Nccordsville, IN, USA

problem #95

May 122009

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 77,982 miles
Our company has 2 of the 2005 Ford Taurus. Both bought new from Ford dealer. Within weeks of each other in year 2009 both experienced major problem. The vehicle would accelerate while driving and while at stop. Driver could not brake to deactivate cruise or put car in neutral to slow down. Rpms revved very high. Driver had to keep both feet on brake to keep car from moving when at stop. Both taken to Ford dealership for work. Different things were done to prevent. I have recently read an article on investigation into this same problem. I felt it important to relay this information.

- Springfield, OH, USA

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