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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,428 miles

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2008 Ford Taurus X transmission problems

transmission problem

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2008 Ford Taurus X Owner Comments

problem #7

Jul 172011

Taurus X 6-cyl

  • miles


I was pulling out of a parking lot onto a street, when I pushed on the accelerator the car crept forward with resistance, as if trying to accelerate with the parking brake on. The car moved into the road at no more than 2 miles per hour. I immediately took my foot off the accelerator, then back on to try to move forward and out of the way of coming traffic. The car then moved forward and accelerated as it normally should. I was very fortunate that there was no immediate oncoming traffic, however, if the car had failed to accelerate normally after I released it and reengaged I probably would have been hit. After getting home I noticed a spot on the driveway where something was leaking from the car. My husband investigated and thought power steering fluid was leaking. I took the car in for a diagnostic check and the report was that it was actually a leak from the transmission cooler. Because the transmission coolant is the same coil as the air conditioning it will cost around $600 to replace. I'm currently waiting for a second quote for the repairs.

- Worthington, OH, USA

problem #6

Jun 092011

Taurus X 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
2008 Ford Taurus X transmission problems. While shifting into drive and giving it gas there is little to no acceleration. I have to pullover turn off engine and restart sometimes its takes an hour or so to return to normal. I have had it towed to the dealership when it wouldn't drive, it sat over night and the next morning it was driving fine. Thewrench light has come on once during he incident but then went off.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 252008

Taurus X 6-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
We have been having transmission problems since we bought this car, they keep re-setting the computer so it does not show any codes now that it is out of warranty we need to purchase a new transmission on a car that is only 2 years old. The dealership says that they are not willing to help with this even though we have already purchased a new cooling system for the transmission, they have changed the throttle body and it has been in numerous times. As of Friday Dec 3,2010 they told me that we needed to purchase a new transmission so we told them that we wanted to have are car back after I got my car back they reset the code again when they put it back into my car. I took it to a transmission place it is not showing any codes... Ford did not fix the car they just re-set it 5,677 miles - windshield leaked they resealed 6, 000 miles - engine light came on they put in a new throttle body told us the gas cap was not on correctly 32,368 miles - sent back in because engine light came on again it was hard shifting in to 2nd. Tech verified it was shifting hard into second they re-set it and told me I had to get new tires. I purchased them 47,477 miles - sent back in because there car was smoking they found A/C/ condenser/oil cooler leaking we replaced it for over $400 58,923 we called because it was shifting hard again they could not see us for 2 1/2 weeks car is now over mileage warranty and they are stating that I need a new transmission. I came and took my car back and they put my transmission back in my car and re-set it again. I took it to a transmission place and it is not showing any codes because they re-set it. By re-setting it and not fixing it from the beginning now we are responsible for paying for a new transmission I believe that Ford should pay for the new transmission because this matter was started and continued while under warranty they pushed me off until it was out of warranty. I do not feel we should be responsible for this on going problem.

- Torrington, CT, USA

problem #4

Feb 162010

Taurus X

  • 9,803 miles


I own a 2008 Ford Taurus X AWD. I noticed a puddle of transmission fluid underneath the vehicle along the front passenger side. Dealer diagnosed the problem as a bad front transmission seal. I was advised that the repair would take from five to twenty five days to complete due to a backlog of approximately 3,000 vehicles (Taurus, Taurus X) nationwide necessitating this part replacement. Why wouldn't this be made part of a nationwide recall or at least a technical service bulletin? quality is supposed to be "job number one" at Ford.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #3

Sep 302009

Taurus X 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus X. the transmission will not down-shift properly. This condition causes her to increase her stopping distances. On one occasion the transmission shifted into a higher gear, but the vehicle would not accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer multiple times for inspection. Since the technicians could not identify the cause of the failure, nor locate any error codes, they could not provide a remedy. The failure mileage was 28,000. Updated 11/10/09. Updated 11/10/09

- Manhattan, MT, USA

problem #2

Jun 232008

Taurus X

  • 190 miles
The vehicle will roll backwards while in drive if stopped on an incline and foot is removed from brake, it rolls like it is in neutral.

- Beaverton, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 222008

Taurus X

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
The new Ford Taurus X (front wheel drive) vehicle rolls back when you take your foot off the brake to move it to the accelerator when on an incline. It will keep rolling as far as you let it go. This is a safety concern to anyone owning one. I am not use to driving with two feet and should not have to. This vehicle is an accident waiting to happen. What are they going to do when some child runs behind a car and the car rolls back and hits them. We were told at the dealership it is because of the transmission Ford put in it. I have written the Ford company many times about the situation. The last email said Ford was within their specifications for the vehicle. I am getting rid of this vehicle. The all wheel drive car gives you about 3 seconds to get your foot from the brake to the accelerator before it rolls back which is enough time but the front wheel drives do not. We were also told Ford has this same transmission in most of their vehicles. I have not hit anyone yet, but have come close 3 times already and I have only had the vehicle since December.

- Dunlap, IA, USA

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