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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,698 miles

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2011 Ford Taurus electrical problems

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2011 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Aug 152016


  • 73,000 miles


The rear window shade pops up and down when I put the car in reverse. Also the brakes roar when the brake is depressed hard. I've read a lot of complaints on the window shade. This appears to be a bad option that's put on a Ford.

- Winchester, TN, USA

problem #21

Jul 182015


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that when the vehicle was refueled, fuel leaked from underneath. In addition, the contact mentioned that after being refueled, the vehicle failed to start intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 85,000.

- Fort Washington, PA, USA

problem #20

Jun 162016


  • 500 miles
Our car was purchased new on 4/29/2011 from sheehy Ford in ashland Virginia. Within the first week of ownership we experienced a serious safety issue. While driving, the car suddenly just lost all electrical power and cut off. We contacted sheehy Ford and they could not identify the cause of the problem. This happened several more times and after several trips to sheehy, they attached a device to capture the problem when it happened. We had the device in the car for several months and it occurred only one time. The device provided no help in identifying the problem. They removed the device and said that it appeared the problem had resolved itself. We did not have the problem again until September of 2015. The odometer was near 25,000 miles. We were traveling on a very curvy 55 mph road with no shoulders when we lost power and it cut off. It was then when we realized how serious a safety issue this was as a car rounding the curve behind us could have rear-ended us as we had no break lights to warn them. As a result my wife refuses to even ride in the car. Once again we took the car to sheehy Ford and they could not find the problem. They contacted the regional customer service manager for sheehy Ford and he opened case cas-7525445. He made arrangements with sheehy Ford to engage ┐Ford engineering┐ to resolve the issue. As it turned out sheehy Ford had our car for nearly 2 weeks but merely drove it to attempt to repeat the problem. The car did not cut-off during their nearly 900 miles of driving it. In November of 2015 we contacted Ford Motor Company product claims department and they refused to resolve the issue. We had the same problem again on June 16, 2016 at approximately 29,500 miles wile driving on I-295 at 70 miles per hour.

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #19

Apr 042016


  • 132,000 miles


Computer controls glitched out at 132,000 miles ac went from 60 degrees to 90 degrees. Cant use the defogger in front windshield or the rear. Cant turn heat off it is a 90 degrees to. I am a heart and kidney and chemo patient! radio controls will not work collectors cd will not eject. Computer controls will not reset tele phone car system never worked

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #18

Jul 102015


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while depressing the brake pedal, the contact was informed by a following motorist that the brake lights had failed. The contact stated that the failure had occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the wiring harness needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, however the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 30,000.

- Rocky Mount, NC, USA

problem #17

Nov 152015


  • 85,000 miles
My car has simply shut down 4 times. Fist at a stop sign, then on a highway, again at a stop and again on a highway. Almost was hit on the highway. I was able to pull over just as a semi sped by me. Everything shuts down as if the key was turned off. There is no power at all, no lights, no steering etc.. I had to restart the car.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #16

Jan 142015


  • 32,000 miles


My mother was driving down the road, and turned on the seat heater. After several minutes the seat heater overheated and burned the backs of her legs. Several days later my father turned it on, it burned through several layers of his winter clothes and left a burn mark on the leather seat. This condition is extremely unsafe, and has caused both personal injury and damage to the car.

- Wurtsboro, NY, USA

problem #15

Oct 102014


  • 80,000 miles
Some of the airbags did not deploy, the car has electrical issues as well a a constant burning smell. The frame was bent as well!!! there are light that constantly appear for work to be done

- Live Oak, FL, USA

problem #14

Feb 262015

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 55,075 miles
Hello good morning I have a 2011 Ford Taurus sel and while going up a hill my car shut off while my keys were still in the ignition. My steering locked, check engine and low oil lights went on. The only thing I could do was apply brakes to the car and place it in park. I shut off the car and opened the hood to see if anything looked out of place. I checked my engine oil levels and that seemed fine. I closed the hood and turned the car back on. No check engine light or low oil? I haven't had a problem since but it seemed like an extremely dangerous situation. I see there are several complaints about the same issue.

- Allentown , PA, USA

problem #13

Feb 052015

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 26,570 miles
Dear sir my 2011 Ford Taurus has shut off--------(3 times)--------now since 2012 while I was driving it with my remote key in my car. I did not make a record about it for the first two so am reporting on the latest. I have a push button ignition and remote keys. It randomly does not detect the keys as well and then it takes some pushing all the buttons on the remote to recognize I have the key there. Yesterday the dealership replaced the batteries in the remote and recommended I replace them annually. They could not offer me an explanation as to why it was not recognizing the keys when I am driving down a road and it shuts off. This is an accident thing waiting to happen. They did a diagnostic on it as well and searched the home office for any defect or recall and have none. Is this a reported incident and is there anything on it? I am reporting this because if it causes an accident I want it on the record as well. I went to Ford dealership to try and get it remedied.

- Johnstown, PA, USA

problem #12

Jan 162015


  • 52,801 miles


The car shuts off while I am driving. There is no power steering and no nothing. Each time I have been able to get off the road and each time the car starts right back up no problems but I am afraid of what may happen the next time. This has happened at different speeds and different times of the year.the first few times I took it to the dealership they said they could not find a problem. This last time they gave me a loaner car to drive while they take a deeper look into the problem.

- Alpena, MI, USA

problem #11

Oct 292014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 30,000 miles
Was driving at 65 mph on highway when I tried to accelerate nothing happened and I noticed all dash lights were on. I coasted to shoulder, shifted to park and pushed ignition button and it restarted. This has happened 5 other times and luckily there was a shoulder available, but the holman Ford dealership, (who is the only one who has ever serviced the car), says they have no idea what the problem is. It was a very dangerous situation and I noticed GM had similar problem and recalled autos due to death!! I have been lucky but now fear this car, after 5 times. It is not a stall. It just shuts off.

- Williamstown, NJ, USA

problem #10

Apr 032013


  • 8,900 miles
Clearwater Florida 2013 vehicle traveling on the interstate at 65 mph.I watched as the key to the vehicle turned into the off position. The brakes did not work the steering column would not steer the whole electrical system in the vehicle shutdown. October 8, 2014 at approximately 5:30 pm while in boston mass the vehicles electrical system shutdown. Tires are cracked and dry at only 34,000 miles. I'm traveling back to Florida soon with my dog from boston and I'm afraid this car won't make it.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #9

Nov 192013


  • 46,700 miles
I own a 2011 Ford Taurus with heated leather seats. The heating mechanism began to get hotter in spots on the back of the seat on my drive into work. I begin to feel a burning sensation on my skin as well as a burning smell in the car. I originally thought it was in the heating vents, after turning off the car and stepping out I realized it was not. When I took off my coat, I realized that the seat had burned a hole in my jacket, my sweater and I had a burn on my skin. Looking at the drivers side seat you can see burn marks as well as a hole where the heating mechanism burned through the seat and burned out.

- Lewiston, NY, USA

problem #8

Jul 042012


  • 20,000 miles
Dash lights go dim for about 15 min then go bright again dealer can't find anything wrong

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #7

May 012012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 500 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that he could turn off the ignition even if the vehicle was not shifted into park. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, who stated that the vehicle was operating up to standard. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 500 and the current mileage was 2,000. Updated 6/7/12

- Gig Harbor , WA, USA

problem #6

May 152011


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while driving 55 mph. The vehicle restarted immediately after the failure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, but the manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 7,000 and the current mileage was 11,500.

- Millmont, PA, USA

problem #5

Jul 022011


  • 5,000 miles
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Taurus limited. The contact stated that while driving 50 mph, her hand erroneously brushed across the push to start button, causing the vehicle to stall. The vehicle was restarted within seconds and was taken to the dealer where they advised that the vehicle was designed as it was and could not be repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they informed her that they were looking into redesigning the push to start button. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 5,000.

- Oxford, MA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 1,100 miles
All electrical components of the vehicle shut down without any warning and braking was limited. The only thing that remained on was the engine.

- Fort Knox, KY, USA

problem #3

Mar 252011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 5,092 miles
2011 Ford Taurus stalls out at high speeds or low speeds, anytime foot is not on accelerator pedal, and once even while backing up. Ford service says that it's because of a defective electronic throttle body, which doesn't set idle speed high enough. Technical service bulletin 10-21-6 for codes P 2111 and P 2112 was issued about this. It started Mar 25, 2011, at 5, 092 miles, and was repaired at 5,354 miles. It's occurred five times since (on Mar 29, 2011, and June 10, 2011). This has nearly caused a rear-end collision. It's not safe. Ford service replaced defective part, yet problem persists. My vehicle gives no warning, until I have no power when I depress the gas. The dash lights up "shift to park." If I'm lucky, I can get off the road to re-start, but twice I couldn't and car was nearly rear-ended. Two different dealerships have evaluated this problem with no success. One found fluctuating idle speeds, and I've noticed the rpms are changing when I don't think they should be. Cafe standards to save gas will result in people dying to save the environment. These idle speeds must be set higher! the low idle speeds do not work, and the government should quit dictating engineering to car companies to save the environment, without any regard to people's lives.

- Delmont, PA, USA

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