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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 6 of 24)

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problem #374

Jan 092014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 120,100 miles

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

My problem is my accelerator has been sticking making it difficult to control speed in traffic. I am concerned the problem will gradually get worse. I contacted Ford Motor Corp about the possibility of a recall or warranty with this issue. With a small amount of research it seems there is well known issues with this make and model for accelerator problems. See my correspondence with Ford below: "hi ------, my name is [xxx] and I'm from Ford's customer relationship center (crc). I received your email regarding your 2005 Ford Taurus SE. I'm sorry to hear about the issues with the seatbelt and accelerator sticking. I completely understand your concern for the safety of yourself and your family. After reviewing my resources, there are no warranties or programs in effect that would provide coverage for your current concern. We recommend that you keep your receipts in case Ford initiates a recall in the future based on customer feedback... ------------------- original message -------------------...I have couple of safety concerns. I love my 2005 Ford Taurus and I want to continue to own it. Last year I had a seatbelt issue where intermittently the buckle releases while car is in motion. I called dealership to ask if Ford will take care of this for safety reasons and was promptly told no. Recently I have an accelerator that is sticking. The pedal returns to position but the RPM's remain elevated. I have not notified the dealership yet about this issue. I wanted to contact Ford Corp first so I could have documentation on this recent safety concern for I have not had much luck in the past contacting the dealership...." information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Battlefield, MO, USA

problem #373

Dec 282013

Taurus

  • 106,000 miles
Cruise control indicated engaged but car would not maintain speed. Car later accelerated on it's own, up to 85 mph. Had to apply brakes consistently to keep from accelerating above 85 mph and maintain appropriate speed. Happened 8 times in 3 days. Mechanic found cruise cable detached and tangled around throttle. Mechanic left cruise cable detached and tied it away from throttle.

- Mason City, IA, USA

problem #372

Jan 142014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 104,628 miles
The vehicle accelerator got stuck. The vehicle accelerated automatically and continued to accelerate even after you take your foot off of the accelerator. This severely effected the control of the vehicle. It was difficult to stop the vehicle even when applying the brakes. Even when placed in neutral and foot off of the accelerator, the engine continued to rev up. This was not an issue with the floor mat pressing the gas pedal.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #371

Jan 012014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 143,076 miles

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

Sudden acceleration incident, the gas pedal was not stuck however the throttle flange was jammed due to the cruise control cable separating from the housing clip (cruise control actuator cable adjuster) that jammed the throttle in the open position. Disconnected the cruise control cable from the throttle and continued driving with no further problem except that the cruise control no longer functions.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #370

Dec 302013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
While stopping at a red light my car was wanting to accelerate and not stop the engine was revving up RPM about 4000 had to put the gear in neutral then hit the gas pedal a couple of times for it to stop, a short time later it did it again.

- Christiansburg, VA, USA

problem #369

Dec 302013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 118,463 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerated when the consumer hit some black ice. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was found that the throttle body had failed. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 118,463. Updated 02/11/2014 the consumer was able to put the vehicle in neutral.

- Russellville, AR, USA

problem #368

Dec 212013

Taurus 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles

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

Vehicle started to accelerate and kept going faster. Brakes would not stop the vehicle and ended up in a cotton field. This is the third time the acceleration stuck. Tapping the gas peddle worked the first two but not the last time. It knocked a hole in the transmission pan and did something to the brake line.

- Wilson, TX, USA

problem #367

Dec 212013

Taurus

  • 75,500 miles
While driving with my some in the car on an interstate, I tried to set my cruise control. The cruise would register that it was set but it would not hold the speed that was set. After a little while my car accelerated on its own. After trying to apply the brakes, which just sounded like it was grinding the brakes because it didn't want to idle down. Put the car in neutral, the rpms revved over 4000 and the same when I switched to drive. I shut the car off and upon turning the car back on the rpms went over 4000 RPM again. I talked to Ford and they said since there was no recall that there was lot bing they could do for me. I think that something needs to be done.

- Lebanon, MO, USA

problem #366

Dec 222013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 98,050 miles
Car accelerates on its own. I have to put the card in neutral and kick the accelerator to get it to decelerate. I googled it and it sounds like the frayed accelerator problem that has been reported on the internet.

- North Kingstown, RI, USA

problem #365

Dec 172013

Taurus

  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 20 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently. The engine rpms also increased while the vehicle was secured in park. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer or an independent mechanic. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 81,000.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #364

May 072013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 167,000 miles

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

As I was accelerating, and get to around 40 or 45mph, the car would lunge forward and the speed would suddenly increase even if I wasn't pushing the accelerator. Then I would try to slow down the car and it would be jerking and would come to a stop finally, but the RPM would be to over 4,000 or even 5,000. It would do it for a few miles then suddenly go back to running normal. I also noticed the cruise control is not working since the car stated doing this. I took it to a mechanic and all they could find wrong with the car was that the throttle body plates were covered in gunk and they cleaned them, and I needed to replace my idle air intake valve which I had both done. From time to time the car will still accelerate suddenly without warning, and I am afraid I am going to either blow the engine from the high RPM's or run into someone if I can't get the car slowed down in time.

- N. Chesterfield, VA, USA

problem #363

Dec 132013

Taurus

  • 89,000 miles
Driving at 45mph notice that the car was speeding up by its self tried to brake the car had bad vibration when finally stop, rpms were at 4000.

- North Olmsted , OH, USA

problem #362

Dec 052013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 128,000 miles
Y vehicle experienced unexpected high RPM and uncontrollable high speeds. It was first discovered when accelerating up to 40 mph, and suddenly the speed increased with the RPM going up to 4,000. The gas pedal was untouched and the speed continued to increased. The driver immediately applied the brakes to stop but the RPM remained at 4,000 RPM, while at a stop, the driver changed the drive shaft to neutral, and the vehicle continued to go at 4,000 RPM. This would go on for about 3-4 miles, and suddenly go back to normal mode. Then the symptoms would return again unexpectedly. This behavior has been ongoing since December 5th, and it is worse when the vehicle is on the freeway. The speed control would also become erratic once it hits 60 mph. The driver would change shift to neutral or to D mode just to disrupt the erratic speed behaviors. The symptoms would go away "on its own". in addition, I found that the cruise control is not operational at this time. The cruise control can be turned on but the cruise control is not engaged or is not holding the speed. I have done a thorough check on the engine looking for any damages, any leaks in the intake air pipes, or faulty sensors and found nothing, but from resources, I learned that it may be a faulty cruise control operation. It is now a safety concern, for me as the driver but for my children and my wife.

- Rocklin, CA, USA

problem #361

Dec 042012

Taurus

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle erroneously accelerated to 80 mph. The vehicle was taken to the dealer but the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 70,000.

- Warren, PA, USA

problem #360

Sep 022013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle unexpectedly increased acceleration. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who performed an unknown repair however the failure persisted. The vehicle was not further repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 48,000. Updated 2/11/14

- Claremont, NC, USA

problem #359

Jul 152011

Taurus

  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #358

Nov 032013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 154,641 miles
I was driving at 45mph and got up to the speed limit and let off the gas, but the car kept on speeding up. I tapped the brakes and it quit accelerating. (cruise control was not on) a few minutes later we were on a highway and got up to 55mph, again let off of the gas and the car kept accelerating. Tapping the brake did nothing, so I pushed the brakes to stop the car alongside the road, the whole time, the car was fighting me, it wanted to keep accelerating. I did get it to stop, and then popped it into neutral, which caused the rpms to ramp up to 5500rpms. I shut the car off. Waited a few minutes and then started it back up in park, and rpms ramped up again. Shut the car off again. Popped the hood and looked at the throttle/cruise control cable, pulled on it a bit, and it seemed as if it was stuck. Started the car again and worked just fine. But then the cruise control no longer worked. The next morning looked at the cable again and found that the cruise cable was detached, so hooked it back up, which fixed the cruise control, but it has accelerated on its own twice this past week. So problem not fixed.

- Traer, IA, USA

problem #357

Nov 032013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 154,641 miles
I was driving at 45mph and got up to the speed limit and let off the gas, but the car kept on speeding up. I tapped the brakes and it quit accelerating. (cruise control was not on) a few minutes later we were on a highway and got up to 55mph, again let off of the gas and the car kept accelerating. Tapping the brake did nothing, so I pushed the brakes to stop the car alongside the road, the whole time, the car was fighting me, it wanted to keep accelerating. I did get it to stop, and then popped it into neutral, which caused the rpms to ramp up to 5500rpms. I shut the car off. Waited a few minutes and then started it back up in park, and rpms ramped up again. Shut the car off again. Popped the hood and looked at the throttle/cruise control cable, pulled on it a bit, and it seemed as if it was stuck. Started the car again and worked just fine. But then the cruise control no longer worked. The next morning looked at the cable again and found that the cruise cable was detached, so hooked it back up, which fixed the cruise control, but it has accelerated on its own twice this past week. So problem not fixed.

- Traer, IA, USA

problem #356

Nov 102013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 935,000 miles
My husband was traveling to newnam, ga on 11-10-13 late at night when the car accelerated while just going up hwy 85 S., the second time was at a red light making a left turn coming into our area and third time when he came near our house to a stop sign. My husband tried to kick the accelerator to bring it down, it helped some then tapered off. Is this something that is under a Ford recall? thank you

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #355

Oct 162012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 56,000 miles
Accelerator sticks under acceleration. Attempting to pull the accelerator pedal upwards doesn't stop acceleration. Had to shift car into neutral or apply brakes. Had to have vehicle serviced at Ford dealership.

- Milford, CT, USA

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