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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,124 miles

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2006 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #135

Aug 212014


  • 73,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. While idling at a traffic light, the engine revved and the vehicle accelerated independently. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing, but the results were unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #134

Jul 302014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 71,900 miles
I was driving on the highway when the engine started to race, and I had to drive twenty miles to the mechanic's garage, barely being able to stop the car and nearly missing being in 3 accidents. Had to drive with my foot on the brake and had to use emergency brake to stop it at the end. When I put it in park, it sounded like the engine would explode, it was racing so fast. Mechanic saw a cruise control cable detached, and reconnected it, and "played" with the throttle and was finally able to bring it down to normal level. I checked at this site to see if there was a recall, but did not see one, but many complaints of this problem.

- Walpole, MA, USA

problem #133

May 292014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
2006 Ford Taurus. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle acceleration issues. The consumer stated he experienced three terrifying incidents, in which the vehicle suddenly accelerated. He came very close to running over pedestrians, each time the vehicle accelerated. After, paying hundreds of dollars, to replace the air control valve, which wasn't the problem, it was finally determined the cruise control cable was causing the vehicle to suddenly accelerate.

- West Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #132

Jul 152014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 141,000 miles


Car has unintended acceleration. Car is very dangerous to drive. Have had to take car away from my daughter. Local Ford dealers know nothing about this issue. There are article online regarding this issue. I am at a loss of what to do with this car. Will accel. Up to 70mph and is not stoppable. Thanks for your time [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chandler, IN, USA

problem #131

Jun 162014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 74,170 miles
I was driving through downtown when I noticed increases acceleration and trouble with stopping. When I put my car in park, it would rev up to 2500 pm. I would stomp on accelerator and it brought it down to normal below 1000 RPM in park. Thankfully I avoided having 3 accidents. I was about to call for a truck but did not. I managed to drive my car back to work. My co-worker looked at it and saw the throttle was sticking and cruise control cable came off. He was able to reattach it and fix the throttle. A week after he fixed it I started to have some acceleration issues but minor and today it finally got worse. I looked on here to see if other people having the same issue and yes I did find a lot of people with same issues. I do agree with a lot of those people that this should be a recall. I can't afford to get it fixed by a professional or a new car.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #130

Jun 042013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
About a year ago our Taurus started to experience sudden accelerations. It would go from 40 to 70 with your foot off the gas. Had to pull over, put in neutral, and stomp on gas peddle. This has happened several times with the last occurrence July 15, 2014. Mechanics can't figure it out. Car is too dangerous to operate. This needs to be recalled.

- Westfield, NC, USA

problem #129

Oct 022013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 119,200 miles


When driving, the car suddenly accelerates to high speed, causing me to constantly put the brakes on. The car accelerates without stepping on the gas. This has continued to happen. The car was looked at by a dealer on 10/2013 and they could not figure out what the problem is. This happens periodically one to several times per month. When this sudden acceleration happens, I am forced to put the car in neutral and then turn the car off. This has been an extremely frightening situation because it occurs in heavy traffic areas and on the highway.

- Trinity, FL, USA

problem #128

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 #127

Jun 122014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 69,874 miles
The car suddenly began to accelerate and was difficult to stop. I put it in neutral after I got to a place where I could park. The engine accelerated to 3000 RPM and I turned off the ignition. I attempted to start the car again and engine again rose to 3000 RPM. I checked to see that the accelerator was not stuck to the floorboard. Then started the engine again. Again it revved to over 3000 RPM so I pressed the gas pedal and then the idle returned to normal. Once I got on the freeway to return home the cruise control would not engage. I called the Ford dealership and they stated they were not aware of any recalls on 2006 Ford Taurus for acceleration problems.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #126

Jun 092014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
Sudden acceleration many times at random (I could not remember the first date of the incident so I put the most recent incident date, which is today 6/9/14): Ford Taurus 2006 accelerates on it's own at random times while driving. RPM will go over 3,000 and continues. I have put my foot on the brake as I drive but the car still pushes as I do and accelerates. Once I put it in park, it accelerates over 3,000 RPM going up to 5,000 RPM and not stopping until I turn off the car. Then when I turn on the car again it will go up to 4,000 RPM. It only would take once or twice for it to turn on normally without any sudden acceleration. But today, after another incident of sudden acceleration as I was going about 27 mph, even with my foot on the brake the car revved on it's own and it began accelerating. I put it in park fast and turned off the car; but, every time I turned it on, the car still wouldn't stop accelerating. I had to tow the car to my mechanic and it's still boggling us what could be wrong with the car, we might end up replacing the whole computer system. This has happened many times already. I have taken the car to the mechanic many times for this incident and they have done what they could but the problem never seems to get fixed.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #125

Jun 052013


  • 148,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving 35 mph, there was a sudden increase in engine rpms and the vehicle accelerated independently. The contact mentioned that accelerator pedal was depressed several times in an attempt to release the pedal, but the vehicle failed to stop. The contact stated that in order to stop the vehicle, the transmission had to be shifted into neutral. The problem recurred several times. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 148,000.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #124

Sep 022013


  • miles
I was driving about 25mph with my little brother and sister in the car and I felt it start to go faster. It kept on accelerating and wouldn't stop. When I got to a stop sign and was pressing on the break the RPM shot up. Even when I put it in park it kept on accelerating. I took it to a mechanic, but he didn't know what was wrong. It has done this many of times, once where I almost hit someone because of it. I'm afraid it will keep doing it.

- Newcastle, OK, USA

problem #123

Apr 192014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 122,500 miles
My wife was driving our 2006 Ford Taurus and suddenly the car started accelerating out of control. She was able to slow the car down by braking firmly and eventually the car stopped doing it. We did not drive it the next day. Two days later, I was driving and braking for a red light when the car aggressively accelerated again. Only by slamming on the brakes did I avoid hitting the car in front of me. I put the car in park and turned it off and on again, but the engine was still racing out of control. I turned the car off and on again and pressed the accelerator quickly up and down and this stopped the engine from racing. Since that time, the car has accelerated more gently (without any pressure on the accelerator pedal) twice, both at highway speeds. Both times, mashing the accelerator seemed to temporarily relieve the symptoms. I am going to call Ford, although I doubt they will do anything for me.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #122

Apr 162014


  • miles
My husband was just involved in a collision today in our 2006 Ford Taurus. He noticed a vehicle stopping in front of him so he began to hit the brake. As he coasted on his brakes towards the stop vehicle in front of him, the car began to automatically accelerate causing him to rear-end the other driver. We're pretty sure the car is totaled. Plus, the air bags did not deploy.

- Houston, MS, USA

problem #121

Apr 132014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 98,200 miles
I was heading home in a 35 miles an hr zone, when suddenly, my gas pedal flattened from under my feet and my car started going faster. I tried breaking, but the car kept lunging forward even though I was on the breaks, the RPM also revved up to about 3000 even though I was still breaking. I pulled off the road and put it in park and it still sounded as if I was gassing it, so I shut it off and waited, then started it again, it revved, then the RPM dropped suddenly and was back to normal.

- Waltham, MA, USA

problem #120

Aug 012009

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
Intermittently throttle will keep rising and the car will not stop unless shifted to neutral and acceleration pedal pushed to dislodge stuck throttle. Brakes will not stop throttle from rising unless steps above followed. First time this occurred, I had to fight the acceleration with the brakes causing my engine to smell like burnt rubber until I figured out the trick of taping the acceleration pedal when in neutral.

- Cicero, IL, USA

problem #119

Apr 072014


  • 115,000 miles
I was driving to work and noticed that my car was revving at the stop light even though my foot was on the break. When I took off, I pumped the gas pedal a few times and it went back to normal. I didn't think much of it. However, I picked up my carpool rider and started my drive down the highway at 60mph. I attempted to slow down after about ten minutes and I noticed my car was sounded as if it was revving up higher than I was pressing the gas medal. I slowed down to 45mph and took my foot off the gas pedal and noticed that my car sped back up to 60mph on its own. I pressed on the gas pedal to see if I could again get it to dislodge, but that did not work. I pumped it several times, lifted the pedal to see if that would help but nothing would cause the engine to slow down. As I was on an open highway, I stayed in the center lane and kept tryin to slow down. I only worked to pump my brakes and then slowed down with my foot on the brakes. I exited the freeway and continued to brake. I stopped a few carlinks away from anyone and the car was still revving very high. I put the car in park and turned it off. I started it again and it revved immediately, it pulled forward as soon as it was in drive and I kept my foot on the brake. I stayed in the less traveled lane far away from other cars, then coasted with my foot on the brake. However, my car barely brakes were shot. I called a tow truck and gave two messages to the dealership that it will automatically rev and please make certain everyone knows they should not put the car in drive without their foot on the brake. Huge safety issue, brakes were smoking and are completely gone.

- Lakewood, WA, USA

problem #118

Mar 282014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 134,500 miles
I was driving with my 2 year old grandson when my car started to accelerate to a higher speed. I had to keep my foot on the brake to maintain the speed. I pulled over in a parking lot and had a difficult time stopping the car because the engine was accelerating while stopping. I managed to put the car in park and my rpms were up to 4000. I turned the car off and restarted again and the rpms jumped back up to 4000. I noticed that this was investigated with this car but no recalls were issued yet many reports. I had my only grandson with me. I could not imagine what would have happened if I could not stop. This makes me wonder if someone has to get killed before this fixed.

- Morrisville, NY, USA

problem #117

Feb 272014


  • 69,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without any warnings. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician was not able to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 69,800 and the current mileage was 70,007.

- Berwyn, IL, USA

problem #116

Jul 012013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
I have had issues with my sudden acceleration, sticking accelerator pedal since my cruise control stopped functioning. I pull over or place my car into neutral to get the acceleration to stop. I have seen many other complaints and feel a recall is advisable for this issue before injury occurs.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

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