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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,096 miles

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2008 Ford Taurus drivetrain problems

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2008 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #25

Aug 152014


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. While driving various speeds, the vehicle would independently downshift and shift roughly. Also, while attempting to reverse, there was an abnormal banging noise coming from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing; however, the failure could not be duplicated. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 70,000.

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #24

Jul 282016


  • 109,000 miles
In March 2016 my vehicle began having problems. When making a turn, right front wheel spontaneously grabs intermittently. This disables the vehicle for a period of time. This has almost caused an accident several times, as it happens as I'm heading out into traffic. I have taken the vehicle into the valley Ford dealership here in kalispell, Montana 3 times in an effort to resolve this issue. The first time I took it in right after it first started happening, they told me it was the brakes. So I paid $1070 to have the brakes and rotters replaced. However, this did not resolve the problem. I have since taken the vehicle back to them 2 more times and they have been unable to resolve the issue. I am very concerned that this is a very dangerous ongoing problem. I am seeking your help in resolution in this matter. This has occurred about a dozen times.

- Kalispell, MT, USA

problem #23

Jan 072016


  • 80,000 miles
Transmission speed sensor issue: Car would get stuck in high gear losing power at slow speeds. Attempts to put the car in reverse or park would cause a large clunk. Speedometer would also fluctuate uncontrollably during this time. Diagnostic codes showed failed output sensor and I had it replaced. Function of transmission after sensor replacement is still rough. The safety issue caused by this caused me to lose forward power several times while in traffic almost causing several accidents.

- Sterling, VA, USA

problem #22

Jan 032016


  • 119,000 miles


Car suddenly would not accelerate from a complete stop. When driving, RPM dial will rev up to 5 or higher and will not come back down and shift the gears unless the car is shifted into neutral allowing the RPM's to go back down. Once RPM's are back to 0 and car is put back into drive, it will drive normally. Once the car has like two or three episodes of revving, the powertrain icon then comes on the dash, and stays on, and then the car drives normally again. The car has never had any acceleration issues or transmission issues. I got the car from a dealer in 2012 and it had under 60K when I bought it.

- South Bend, IN, USA

problem #21

Dec 182015


  • 110,000 miles
Transmission slips into neutral while driving. Same transmission is used in Chevrolet and Saturn vehicles and has been recalled by GM.

- Boone, NC, USA

problem #20

Dec 072015


  • 93,000 miles
My 2008 Taurus sel felt like it was slipping between gears when pulling out of a parking lot. 100 yards later, on an uphill street, the car would barely move and roll backwards when I let off the brake. I was blocking traffic so I had to rev the engine at max RPM to barely make it out of traffic and onto the shoulder. When I started the engine, there was a loud clunk coming from the transmission. When I shifted into reverse, there was a loud clunk and a jolt like someone just rear-ended me. Same when shifting into N or L. the car needed to be towed. The obd code reader indicated a pending P720 failure, "output speed sensor circuit malfunction". I contacted Ford customer service and they pretended to be unaware of this problem. The output speed sensor is located inside the transmission, not a user serviceable part. Even the most meticulous maintenance could not have avoided the sensor failure which clearly points to a design flaw in the sensor. My Taurus is 7 years old with 93,000 miles. A request for financial aid was declined by Ford customer service. Any car with a 6F50 transmission should be recalled as these time bombs are a highway safety hazards.

- Redondo Beach, CA, USA

problem #19

Sep 182015


  • 150,000 miles


Purchased vehicle in Feb 2010. Driven to take children to and from school and back home approx total mileage round trip daily is 6 miles at most. First instance happened when approaching a stop sign and slowing down by pressing the brake but the motor accelerated rpms instead as if I were pressing the gas. Lasted few seconds and began doing as it should. Next instant happened couple months later when pressing the brake to stop after returning home from taking children to school. Tried to stop in my driveway when I reached the house and the motor accelerated instead and had to turn the switch off to make it stop making the acceleration noise. This has happened several times with each time a little more intense. Most recently, while taking my son to a travelball tournament I slowed to stop at a stop sign and it briefly revved the motor. When I tried to start going again it took a second for the car to actually go, then began running normal. Few miles down the road traveling about 45 miles per hour all of a sudden lost all ability to control the vehicle when the motor began accelerating but car slowing down as if it had been knocked out of gear. The difference was it was still in gear and pressing the brake did nothing and steering became very difficult. Managed to get off the road and stopped then it just started driving normal again. Proceeded to drive to destination and slowed to turn right at intersection with oncoming traffic when car did the same thing again. That was a month ago and has not done it since.

- Temple, GA, USA

problem #18

Jul 242015


  • 31,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that upon starting the vehicle, the vehicle begun to make an abnormal noise when accelerating from a completed stop as numerous indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact noticed that the speedometer was no longer working. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, where it was diagnosed that there were 13 error codes, however; the technician was unable to duplicate the failure. The vehicle was taken to a dealer to be diagnosed and the failure was not able to be duplicated at that time either. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 31,000.

- Westlake, OH, USA

problem #17

May 182015


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. While driving at 20 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed, but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The rpms increased and the transmission warning light illuminated. The vehicle was inspected by an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 50,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Venango, PA, USA

problem #16

Aug 082014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
This car has only about 16,000 on it. I was driving on the interstate when I started getting this hard jerk and then the car speed went down to about 30 mph. After a few moments, the speed will pick back up for about a mile or 2. the hard jerk will come again and the transmission will not change out properly. This could have cause an accident on the interstate, so I got off the interstate and started traveling on the back roads to make it home. By the time I got home, I could have hardly make it. I had the car towed to a Ford dealership and they informed me that the transmission was gone out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I called the Ford company, but said it was not a recall on the transmission. This is a very serious ordeal, someone could have gotten hurt from this situation. The hard jerk, the speed dropping while the transmission trying to change out. Please look into this matter. I am sure this has happen to others, but has not been reported.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #15

May 302014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 118,557 miles


Started driving and car would just jerk and then would go again and not go into gear.only could get speed up to 20 or 40mph. Took to dealership and they state I need a new transmission. Called for and they can do nothing about it and still owe on it.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #14

Apr 152012


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximate 40 mph, the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was taken the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the computer was providing incorrect codes to the transmission, resulting in a transmission failure. The technician also stated that the computer required a programming repair. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 180,000.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #13

Oct 042013


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for routine maintenance when the contact was informed that the vehicle was leaking transmission fluid. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but no assistance was provided. The approximate failure mileage was 56,000.

- Buckhannon, WV, USA

problem #12

Jul 212013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
At a complete stop, car lurched forward at full throttle. I have had the car in for this problem previously. The dealership said no codes were stored and they could not duplicate the concern. This is a real safety issue.

- Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

problem #11

May 012013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
The automatic gear shifter has a rubber mat under the metal plate with the prndl gears listed. It is difficult to shift out of P and then you reach R and D the mat has bunched up so much that the metal plate telling you what gear you're in pops off. This is an extreme hazard, as I back into the road and then to put it in D, not knowing where D is because the plate pops off, I could be hit. I also have a 2005 Ford five hundred experiencing the same problem. I called Ford and they acted as if there were no previous issues. This is certainly not true. This will cause an accident or fatality.

- Berea, KY, USA

problem #10

Dec 012012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 36,000 miles
When ambient temp is below 20 degrees, harsh 2-1 downshift with impact after stopping and restarting. The transmission doesn't seem to be in any gear until movement starts thenna high impact bang occurs just as the car begins to move. After about 1 mile, the problem goes away until next cold start up. Ford dealer stated they replaced valve body because of sticky valves. Problem still there. Returned to dealer and they contacted Ford. Ford service tech(Ford service request #106142903) says problem is normal. This problem never occurred the last 2 winters I have had the car and Ford loaner car I had while they worked on my car did not have this harsh downshift. This transmission is a joint development with GM and I know a Buick owner with similar complaint and Buick could not repair the problem-he traded cars. Warranty will end for my car this coming July and I think I will have a huge repair to be made on this transmission next winter as the problem has gotten steadily worst since last fall (2012 winter season) but only when temp is 20 degrees or colder. Please inform Ford of this complaint. I would like a repair or extend my warranty to Feb 1, 2014 to cover my complaint-thank you

- Zion, IL, USA

problem #9

Jul 252012


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle began jerking violently. The engine rpms also increased excessively. The vehicle was taken to a transmission specialist, where the vehicle was inspected and the contact was advised that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure, who advised the contact that there were no recalls for the vehicle and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 91,000.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #8

Mar 012010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
We purchased a 2008 Ford Taurus limited AWD new four years ago. We have had four (4) seperate times when the transaxle will not work properly. Car will be in drive, but vehicle will barely move. Vehicle will be towed to the dealership who is unable to replicate the problem, so we are sent home without any "fix." Latest event occurred on 12/17/2012. Dealer's response: "customer states vehicle starts, but when put into gear it does not move. Throttle will not do anything could not duplicate concern. Road tested multiple times, checked transmission fluid level could not verified [sic] concern." This website, as well as many others on-line, seems to verify that there is a problem with Ford's transaxle. We wonder why no recall has been issued for this obvious problem. Situation could be quite dangerous. Dealership claims that there is no "computer code, " and therefore cannot offer any solution to the problem.

- Geneva, OH, USA

problem #7

Apr 012012


  • 13,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle jerked abnormally while accelerating. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed. The failure was located at the air conditioning condenser. The air conditioning condenser was replaced however, the failure was not corrected. The vehicle continued to jerk when accelerating. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 13,000 and the current mileage was 106,556.

- Houma , LA, USA

problem #6

Oct 262012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 86,341 miles
At highway speed, vehicle suddenly, without any warning lights, stops running, resulting in loss of all power assist to maneuver vehicle to safety. Unable to restart vehicle. Towed to repair shop. Problem determined to be failure of "coil on plug" ignition coils, which shorted out PCM/processor assembly (main computer). Additionally, this mis-firing resulted in partial low effiency in catalytic converter, which will eventually impair vehicle's ability to meet emission standards. Total repair costs: Ignition coils (6), spark plugs (6), and PCM replacement - $2,314.14, catalytic converter replacement - $1,589.95, for a total of $3,904.09 Ford Motor Company has been aware of this problem since at least 2010, and has issued two technical service bulletins regarding this problem.

- Norwalk, OH, USA

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