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6.2

fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,162 miles

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2012 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #9

Sep 142016

Taurus

  • 60,000 miles

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

The contact owns a 2012 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle was driven during night time and that the low beams failed to illuminate bright enough to view the road. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the technician, adjusted the brightness according to manufacturer specifications. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on five separate occasions. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 60,000.

- St Martinville, LA, USA

problem #8

Nov 082013

Taurus

  • 40,000 miles
The headlights have a very definite line between the lit and unlit area of the roadway and surrounding areas. This makes for a very dangerous situation where in my and other posters opinions creates a very dangerous situation whenever driving at night.

- Waxhaw, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 272011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 1,200 miles
Headlight system is poor on low beam. There is a horizontal line making definite division in visibility that extends across the complete horizontal line of vision. Going to high beams stops this. I nearly had an accident as I cannot see well on low beams, upper gazing area. The same thing is reported by many owners. I stopped at the dealer, we looked at it, tried the lights and I find there is what appears a door to shield some of the upper area of the light bulb so that it is darker at the top. I assume it is to not blind oncoming drivers while on low beams. My wife constantly complains of this too, that she flat cannot see on low beams. In reality, if you were driving along the road and a deer was on the road with its head up looking at you, there would be no "deer in the headlights look" that you could see. This low beam headlight system just plain rots.

- Sault Sainte Marie, MI, USA

problem #6

Mar 012013

Taurus

  • 6,500 miles

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

After about 6,000 miles we began to notice that the right hand side blis sensor and signal light indicating a vehicle is in the blind spot when no vehicle or other object are within the area. Often the light will remain on for several minutes. Additionally, occasionally started to give false warnings when no cross traffic was in the area. Now vehicles can be as close as five feet before the cross traffic alert will signal traffic. Upon original purchase the cta worked as described. Online official Ford documentation cites the blis will work only for vehicles and not people, infrastructure, bicycles, etc. Cross traffic alert will pick up vehicles approaching from 65 feet away but not when approaching vehicles are moving faster than 15 mph. www.youtube.com/watch?V=wiwhcl1vs4S and media.Ford.com/images/10031/blis.pdf we've take the Taurus to the purchase dealer who keeps saying the system is working as seen by a tech walking behind the car effectively only testing the reverse sensor system but they will not test for cross traffic or blind spot situations and they keep saying that cannot fix something they cannot see as broken.

- Dayton, OH, USA

problem #5

Oct 012012

Taurus

  • 300 miles
When driving at night in our Ford Taurus there is a very noticeable horizontal line across the entire windshield. This divides the windshield in half and looking through the upper half is similar to looking through dark sunglasses at night while the lower half is clear. This makes it extremely difficult to see anything in front of the car, especially someone walking on the side of the road. This occurs on roads where there is no oncoming traffic. If there are oncoming vehicles with lights on this line disappears and the entire windshield is clear. If the headlights are switched to the brights position the line also disappears. This is so disturbing that my wife and I try to limit our nighttime driving to our other vehicle. I have noticed this complaint a number of other times in your database and you can find those complaints here: [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- New Berlin, WI, USA

problem #4

Mar 242012

Taurus

  • 1,450 miles
03/24/2012. 1st failure mileage approx.1,450: Driving on I-95S at approx. 70 mph, raining condition, wipers in use, headlights on. Suddenly the instrument panel lights went dark, wipers stopped in the middle of windshield, engine cut off. Was able to steer car from middle lane to road side and braked. Put car in park, lights still out, engine would not start. In less a minute, on the middle instrument gauge a green lighted message displayed: "power accessories..." for a very short time. Then car restarted. Ford services could not find any problem or error code. 08/04/2012. 2nd failure mileage approx. 5,360: Nice hot day of summer. After stopping at a travel center parking lot, drove about 25 yards in the parking lot at approx. 10 mph, the instrument panel lights went out and the engine cut off. Car would not start in "neutral" but started in "park" position right away. Ford services could not find any problem or error code. In both incidents, the passenger was accessing the "multi-media console" for radio station or gps.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #3

Jan 122012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 1 miles

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

2012 Taurus the headlights on the 2012 Taurus have a very sharp short cutoff that limits visibility greatly.this can only be experienced on a highway or back road where there is no back lights or other vehicles present.the cutoff projects a black line that floats up and down on the windshield that is hypnotic.if there was a bike or person walking ahead on the shoulder you would never see them in time.this problem is caused by an eyelid that drops down over the bulb when in the dim mode.when using the brights, the lights are fine.because of oncoming traffic you cannot always use your bright setting. This problem is especially bad in the following situations: Downhill; on curves; in deer country; this makes driving the Arkansas mountains extremely dangerous at night.

- Danville, AR, USA

problem #2

Sep 302011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 10 miles
The headlights do not produce a complete and full light field in front of the vehicle. There are several distinct "finger shadows" present throughout the entire light field, resulting in very poor night vision. This is compounded by the very distinct upper horizontal "cut-off" of the projected light beam. The visibility problem is even worse during rainy nights. Local Ford dealer replaced entire headlight assemblies under warranty, problem still persists.

- Flint, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 242011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
2012 Taurus the headlights on the 2012 Taurus have a very sharp short cutoff that limits visibility greatly. This can only be experienced on a highway or back road where there is no back lights or other vehicles present. The cutoff projects a black line that floats up and down on the windshield that is hypnotic. If there was a bike or person walking ahead on the shoulder you would never see them in time. This problem is caused by a eyelid that drops down over the bulb when in the dim mode.when using the brights, the lights are fine. Because of oncoming traffic you cannot always use your bright setting. Luckily I own another vehicle so I can drive that one at night until Ford comes up with fix for this problem.

- Irons, MI, USA

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