really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
41,787 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace air compressor (3 reports)
  2. replace compressor, A/C clutch, relay, hose and belt (1 reports)
2001 Ford Taurus AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2001 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 202008

Taurus SES 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,100 miles


This car has been a nightmare on many levels, but enough is now enough. I used this car for business for 2 years and put roughly 38,000 miles on it. My wife has used it for 5 years and put 25,000 miles on it in that time. It has been well maintained, serviced regularly, garage kept, and still continues to be a money pit. On a 90 degree day in Pittsburgh, my wife started the car with my 2 young daughters and my dog only to find out that the AC wasn't working. Long and short of it, $1300 later, the AC is now working and other things are not. Have owned Ford cars and trucks all of my life-I'm taking a break for a while just to try something else. This car has soured me on the whole Ford brand.

- , Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 032003

Taurus ES 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48 miles

the a/c compressor main clutch bearing locked after inspection it was that the a/c was damage the dealership planet ford from Houston Texas did everything they can possibly do not to repair the a/c compressor replaced the compressor because it was my only vehicle. it broke down 10 months after I bought the car

- , Ocala, FL, US

problem #2

Oct 202006

(reported on)

Taurus V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

I bought this car used and only had it for 3 weeks when the air conditioning went out (which is not a good thing during summer in Texas) I took it to the dealership and of course they gave me hell because the car was not under warranty, but I stood my ground and they finally paid to replace the air compressor. The problem first started when the air conditioner went out. I could not get it fixed right away so after a week the problem got much worse. A pulley on the air compressor locked up and snapped the belt, causing my steering to go out, the battery light to come on and the engine to seriously overheat. I could barely drive the car to the shop because it was almost impossible to steer. I'm not sure if this is a normal occurrence for the amount of miles on the car or if the previous owner just didn't take very good care of the vehicle, but it was definitely not something you'd expect to have to deal with when you've only had the car for three weeks from the dealership.

- , Pasadena, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 042006

(reported on)

Taurus SE 3.0L OHV V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,000 miles

Around late October, I began to hear a loud grinding, rattling noise coming from the engine compartment this was intermittent--it came on and off periodically. Then, the engine light came on, and I started to smell burning rubber. I had the car towed to the dealer. Apparently, the head to the A/C compressor had frozen--causing friction with the serpentine belt, hence, the burning smell--and was about to break off, which of course, would have left me stranded. I bought this car knowing that they had a good reliability record, and so far, I'm very disappointed.

- , Denton, TX, USA

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