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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
96,811 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.

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2006 Ford Taurus drivetrain problems

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2006 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #15

Aug 102016


  • 118,320 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle accelerated to 40 mph on its own and while the brake pedal was applied. When the contact placed the gear shifter into the neutral position, the rpms increased from 200,000 to 300,000. The ignition was shut off and the gear shifter was placed into park. When the vehicle was restarted, the rpms increased to 300,000. The ignition was shut off a third time and restarted, and the rpms increased to 100,000. The failure recurred numerous times. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 118,320.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #14

May 142013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles
For the past year our car has had moments of sudden acceleration without explanation. Initially, turning the car off and then restarting it would solve the problem. As of June of this year, such was not the case. We stopped and turned the car off, but when restarted it immediately accelerated again (without any pressure to the gas pedal). Our mechanic has looked at the car twice and has not identified anything specific. He has made separate repairs hoping this would solve the problem, but as of today, October 26, 2014, it has happened again. Like in June, turning the car off and restarting it has not solved the problem. It is very dangerous and we are quite concerned, hoping for suggestions to solve the problem.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

problem #13

Jun 132014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
My son was driving the car, stopped at a stop sign then when he pressed the gas pedal to go on the car wouldn't move. It seemed the car was in neutral but it was still in drive. The transmission simply failed without warning, noise, leaks, anything. He was left stuck in the middle of the road/traffic with a car that wouldn't move.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #12

May 292014


  • 112,541 miles


Instant acceleration while driving approx.; 40 mph had to shift to neutral after stepping on accelerator several times engine returned to normal idle.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #11

Nov 202011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 31,500 miles
Vehicle has failing camshaft synchronizer chirping from engine failure began at 30,000-32,000 miles Ford refuses to honor emissions/extended defect warranty on part if part fails, it drives the oil pump, which will result in a sudden loss of engine power, and will require complete engine replacement. Vehicle has lower end of mileage for its age, long and thorough maintenance history contacted Ford, they had no interest in providing assistance total vehicle mileage as of 3/13/2014 is ~49,000 miles will be taking legal action.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #10

Dec 242013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 79,800 miles
Car auto accelerating while driving without gas pedal press. Had to brake very hard to stop the car. In park position, engine directly ran to 3000rpm. In drive position, the engine speed 400rpm higher than usual. Sent my car to 2 diff workshops. No vacuum leak, no dtc. Changed iac valve. Yet still not fix the issue. Problem happened several times recently. Fault can be recovered if drive long time in low drive.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #9

Nov 232012


  • 80,000 miles


I purchased a 2006 Ford Taurus on June 24th, 2012. The Taurus was in excellent condition and it ran wonderfully, for the first seven months of ownership. However, in November of 2012, the car began randomly shutting off, sometimes while I was driving. It would happen sporadically and I thought it was a problem that could be fixed. However, after taking it to a Ford dealership on two different occasions, no mechanic is able to figure out the problem. The reason being that since it happens sporadically, no one can duplicate it nor is there any saved censor abnormalities. I have replaced the fuel pump, hoping that would fix the problem. However, it has not. Sometimes it will happen up to six times in one day while IżżM going as fast as 50 M.P.H. I refuse to drive on the highway because I fear for my life since the car shuts off without warning. Sometimes the car will turn back on and other times, I will have to turn the engine off and re-turn on the car. This is a serious problem and a serious safety issue. I am now stuck with a car that does not work properly and is a danger to my well-being each time I get behind the wheel. I do not blame the dealership for selling me the car; however, I do blame the Ford Motor Company for this very serious and very faulty problem. Please consider this as a formal complaint against the Ford Motor Company and I urge you to take this issue seriously, for my safety as well as other Ford Taurus owners.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #8

Jul 032012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
I own a 2006 Ford Taurus sel 12V, I was driving when all of the sudden, all of the lights on the dashboard (like ABS, brake light, ) lighted up like a christmas tree and then I lost all power to the engine. I hit the gas pedal several times with no response but in about 5-8 seconds later, the car started up by itself with an abrupt and violent jerk forward. It was almost as if I turned the key in the ignition to the off position and then quickly back on.. while I was sitting at a red light, I noticed a whole lot of weird stuff going on. The headlights were dimming in and out, the light on the radio (that green light that lights up the controls) was also dimming in and out, and the odometer needle was jumping up and down between 0mph and 5mph, the radio would make a noise like it was shorting out this was due to car about to shut off suddenly, the car shut off with all the dashboard lights lighting up again and then quickly shut off. I replaced the battery, cleaned all batteries terminal and all grounds in car chassis any suggestions, thanks,

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #7

May 092012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the transmission failed and he had to coast the vehicle to the side of the road. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer or a mechanic for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Applespring, TX, USA

problem #6

Nov 142011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 74,000 miles
I was driving and out of no where the gas pedal got stuck and I had to put it in neutral and pump the gas to get it to stop revving. When I put it in neutral the RPM's go to 4,000-5,000. This has happened on many occasions and seems to be worse when it is wet outside.

- Spring Hill, FL, USA

problem #5

May 242012


  • 88,000 miles


After stopping for a traffic light I tried to proceed and, after reaching roughly 25 miles per hour, forward progress stopped and the engine revved freely. The transmission had completely failed with no ability to move the car. Luckily I was at a low speed and could safely get out of the way of unsuspecting traffic. This is a very common problem with this car. If this happened at highway speed, or any other number of dangerous driving instances, the occupants of the vehicle would most definitely be placed in a situation where injury or even death were possible. Ford needs to acknowledge to problem and offer to reimburse (fully or partially) their customers. There is a definite element of safety to this failure.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #4

Mar 162012


  • 106,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact was driving 40 mph when the vehicle begin to abnormally accelerate to 65 mph. The contact shifted into neutral and the rpms increased to 4000. He then depressed the brake pedal and as the vehicle decelerated, the contact was able to shift back into drive. The failure recurred seven times within one mile. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer for diagnosis but had not received a response back as to the cause of the failure. The manufacturer was not notified of the issue. The failure mileage was 106,000.

- Psl, FL, USA

problem #3

May 112012


  • 130,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 20 mph, the vehicle suddenly stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic. The mechanic advised the contact that the torque converter would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 130,000.

- Walled Lake, MI, USA

problem #2

Apr 282012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 178,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the brakes were applied and the vehicle did not respond to the brakes being engaged. The contact was able to finally stop the vehicle after repeated pressure was applied to the brakes. The vehicle was then shut off. Upon restart, the contact was able drive the vehicle as normal. The failure was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer had not been made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 178,000.... updated 08/15/12 the consumer stated the incident occurred again after the dealer made repairs. The dealer was unable to repair vehicle. Updated 08/16/2012

- Perham, MN, USA

problem #1

Feb 012012


  • miles
My 2006 Ford Taurus has started to accelerate itself. It is happening more often.this is quite scary. Is there a recall regarding this or will there be one" and if not then does it have to come to to what Toyota went through for Ford to issue a recall"

- Farmers Branch, TX, USA

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