really awful
Crashes / Fires:
9 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
7 / 1
Average Mileage:
70,759 miles

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2001 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #56

Sep 282012


  • 37,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 1 mph and entering a parking space, the vehicle independently accelerated and crashed into a pole. The contact sustained injuries to the chest and the front passenger sustained injuries to the wrist and knee. The vehicle was destroyed. A police report was not filed of the incident. The failure and current mileage was 37,000.

- Surprise, AZ, USA

problem #55

Aug 032012


  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently. The contact depressed the brake pedal but the brakes would not respond. The contact was able to come to a stop and the vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing. The mechanic stated that the cruise control cable pushed the throttle, causing the failure. As a remedy, the mechanic disconnected the cruise control cable. There was a concurrent investigation under NHTSA action number: PE12033 (vehicle speed control:cruise control vehicle speed control:cables vehicle speed control:cruise control vehicle speed control:cables) that could have been related to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 113,000.

- West Bloomfield, MI, USA

problem #54

Jun 232012


  • 107,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while reversing from a driveway, she applied the brakes and the brakes failed to respond. The vehicle instead accelerated while the contact had the brake pedal depressed. The speed increased to about 50 mph. The contact applied the emergency brake lever and the vehicle did not stop. The contact turned off vehicle in order to stop. The vehicle was no taken to dealer or repair shop for inspection. The manufacturer was notified, however no further assistance was provided. The failure and current mileages were 107,000.

- Buffalo, NY, USA

problem #53

May 262012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 164,100 miles


I had just punched the gas pedal and then went to hit the brakes a few seconds later, but the car wasn't really slowing. Looked down and noticed the rpms were at 4000 so I moved the transmission to neutral and the car started slowing more. The car kept revving at 4K rpms though so I turned off the engine. I hadn't come to a complete stop yet so the last few feet were harder to stop, but luckily there wasn't any traffic in front of me and I wasn't in any danger of hitting anyone/anything. I tried starting the car up again and it went right up to 4000K rpms, I shut it off and then tried to hit the gas pedal thinking that maybe it was stuck or there was something under it or something, but that wasn't it so I shut the car off again. Then I popped the hood and noticed that one of the cables that went to the throttle had slid out of a grey boot and was jammed against the side of that boot holding the throttle open. I moved it back so that it popped into the center. Started it up again and it was fine. Closer examination later showed that the grey connector that holds the cable in the center had little bits broken off. If those bits there, it would prevent the cable from sliding out. As this was on a weekend, as a temporary fix, I used a zip tie and some duct tape to hold it in before I got a new cruise control cable. This was the first time this had happened to me.

- Boston, MA, USA

problem #52

May 062012


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle abnormally increased acceleration and failed to slow down until after applying the brake pedal several times. The failure occurred seven times. The malfunction would occur whenever the cruise control was activated or deactivated. The vehicle had not been diagnosed. The contact planned to notify the manufacturer of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 120,000.

- Rosamond , CA, USA

problem #51

May 012007


  • 92,965 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle accelerated abnormally and without command. The contact attempted to apply the brakes but to no avail. The contact was able to slow the speed of the vehicle and coasted to a stop. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnosis. The dealer stated that the cruise control cable needed replacing. The vehicle was serviced however, the failure continued. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure and current mileage was 92,965.

- Arlington , TX, USA

problem #50

Apr 292012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles


I was merging onto the freeway and I accelerated up to the speed of traffic which was 65 mph. I let up off of the gas pedal and the car kept accelerating. It felt like the cruise control was on but the cruise control was not on or set. Even when pressing on the brakes the car was not decelerating and the car kept going faster and faster to over 80mph. I kept tapping the brakes and even tried tapping the gas pedal. Nothing under the pedals was stuck but the engine was accelerating like I was flooring the gas pedal. Then after about a few miles I was able to regain control of my car by pressing on the brakes really hard.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #49

Oct 152007


  • 140,794 miles
This vehicle has a long history of speeding up on its own. I took it to the Ford dealership when it began in late 2007, but they could not find the problem. I also have record of its history involving this issue with my personal mechanic. No mechanic has ever found a solution to this problem, and I continue to drive this car. I recorded circumstances surrounding each incident, down to the temperature outside and weather conditions to find a common cause. Each case was unique and no cause was found. Often, I would recognize the issue when trying to stop for a red light or stop sign and found myself fighting the car to stop. The brakes continued to work during these episodes, however I could not come to a complete stop unless I put the car into neutral. During one instance, the car reached 70 mph before there was a popping noise, and it slowed. Most commonly, the car would speed up to about 45 mph before I put it into neutral and turned it off, oftentimes in front of intersections. The cruise control has been disabled, the throttle body cleaned, and electrical system checked. None of these were determined to be the cause.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #48

Feb 062012


  • 93,327 miles
The contact owns 2001 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 10 mph, the accelerator pedal became stuck to the floorboard abnormally. The contact was able to dislodge the accelerator pedal to no avail. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostics or repairs. There was an investigation for the 2005 Ford Taurus under NHTSA action number: PE12005 (vehicle speed control:cables) that could possibly have been related to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 93,327.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #47

Feb 202011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 116,563 miles
I have read the news this week about the preliminary investigation into 2005-06 Taurus speed control problems and it is exactly the same as a very scary problem I experienced last year with my 2001 Taurus. A Ford dealer replaced a cable for the speed control on the car's cruise control system. I still have a copy of my Ford invoice and I kept the broken cable that was replaced on my car. I was driving my car down a boulevard when the engine began to race even though I was not accelerating. I had to press hard on my brakes to stop for a red light, and put the car in neutral, but the engine continue to race at about 4,000 rpms. I turned the engine off, then turned it on again, hoping I could move out of the lanes of traffic. However, the engine continue to speed so I turned the engine off again and sat in my car until a good samaritan pushed me out of traffic. Aaa towed the car to worthington Ford in long beach, ca. Both the good samaritan and the aaa tow truck driver turned the engine on with the hood open and said the throttle was stuck. The aaa driver showed me a cable with a fitting that was loose, and when he pushed the fitting in, the engine slowed down. The Ford dealer said the problem was not the throttle but the cruise control system. They offered to disable the cruise control, but I had them fix it. The Ford invoice states: "customer states vehicle has a sticking throttle/cable. Something broken causing rpms to go over 4K and adv. Removed cylinder and added new speed control cable." The new part is listed as yf1Z-0A825-ca, with description "actuato 540397." The cost was $307.82.

- Culver City, CA, USA

problem #46

Jun 082010


  • 200,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 10 mph, the vehicle abnormally accelerated up to 50 mph. The contact applied the brakes and the vehicle came to a stop. The engine was turned off and the cruise control was disconnected. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who recommended that the cruise control remain disconnected. The manufacturer had not been notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 200,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Tupelo, MS, USA

problem #45

Dec 292007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while attempting to park, the vehicle lunged forward and crashed into a coffee shop. A police report was filed. There were no injuries. The vehicle was not repaired. The dealer was notified of the failure, but was unable to determine the cause. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 40,000 and the current mileage was 62,476...updated 04/16/12 the consumer stated on December 24, 2011, while driving 35-40 mph, the vehicle began to accelerate on its own and the engine began racing. When the consumer arrived to his destination, the engine was still revving loudly. The consumer placed the vehicle in park. However, the engine continued to rev. He pressed hard on the accelerator and the engine stopped revving. Updated 05/30/12

- West Seneca, NY, USA

problem #44

Mar 132012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
I have been experiencing the effects described in recent new article (link below) of a sticky throttle and unexpected acceleration while at a stop. Also the cruise control doesn't always release. Please advise how an individual consumer can have these serious issues repaired at Ford's expense now to prevent an accident or worse! when will your Agency announce a formal recall of these issues. Here's the link I saw from a local seattle, wa news release: www.komonews.com/news/consumer/feds-probe-sticky-throttles-in-19M-Ford-sedans-142392835.html.

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #43

Jun 152010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, the vehicle accelerated. The contact then applied the brakes with extreme pressure, but the vehicle would not decelerate. The contact shut the vehicle off and coasted to a stop on the shoulder. The vehicle could not be restarted due to the high rpms. The vehicle was towed to an independent repair shop, where they diagnosed the failure and stated that the cruise control cable was frayed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 95,000 and the current mileage was 105,000. The VIN was unavailable...updated 04/26/12 updated 04/30/12

- Milin, IL, USA

problem #42

Mar 022009

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
The gas peddle on my 2001 Taurus has been sticking for about the past three years. I have taken it to auto repair shops and always ask for it to be looked at when other repairs are needed. However, no one seems to know what to do about the sticking. I am afraid that it will stay in a stuck position while driving so I am extremely cautious. Lately it seems to have gotten worse especially in the colder weather. I realize the car is over 10 years old, but this is a real hazard.

- Athens, AL, USA

problem #41

Nov 152011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
Car suddenly accelerated without touching the gas pedal. The engine revved up very high and it was very difficult to stop. Car was shaking violently and had to shift to neutral and use emergency brkae. Determined cruise control cable had popped out. Happened several times until we cut the cable. Extremely dangerous.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #40

Jul 092007


  • miles
My parents were getting off of the highway and the vehicle would not stop. My dad was standing on the brake pedal with all of his strength but the car kept moving through a red light and into oncoming traffic where they were hit by several vehicles. My father had multiple serious injuries and died on August 10th of 2007 as a result of those injuries.

- Roswell, GA, USA

problem #39

Apr 122011


  • 99,000 miles
The contact owns 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving at any speed the vehicle surged and continued to surge while the brake was depressed. The contact had to place the vehicle in neutral in order to stop the surging and caused the contact to crash into a vehicle. The contact stated the failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 99,000 and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Marietta, GA, USA

problem #38

Jun 012011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 96,653 miles
I have been a licensed drive for 37 years. After merging my 2001 Ford Taurus onto an interstate highway, the vehicle continued to accelerate after I removed my foot from the gas pedal. I tapped the brakes to see if cruise control was on. It wasn't. I glanced at the gas pedal to see is something was on it. There wasn't. I tapped the gas pedal to see if it was stuck. It stayed depressed. I braked hard and the vehicle slowed to 60mph. I released the brake pedal and the car began accelerating again. To keep from rear-ending the car ahead of me, I downshifted and stood on the brake pedal. I pulled onto the road shoulder, shifted the transmission to neutral and was able to stop the car with brakes smoking. The engine continued to race. I turned off the car and had it towed to a Ford dealer. The service representative told me the plastic bracket that holds the throttle cable in place had broken and the cable had jammed in with the throttle open. The service department replaced the throttle cable assembly(yfiz*9A825 actuator asy). They kept the old part. I feel I was fortunate not to have caused an accident and been injured or killed. My teenagers also drive the vehicle and might not have been able to successfully stop the car as I did.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #37

Apr 142010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the accelerator pedal suddenly stuck while traveling 60 mph. The contact stated that the cruise control was connected to the throttle and when he depressed the accelerator pedal, it would disconnect. The contact stated that when the accelerator pedal was released, it stuck. Furthermore, the cruise control would not deactivate unless the brake pedal was depressed because the on/off switch did not function. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer (repair information was not provided). The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 66,000 and the current mileage was approximately 77,000. Updated 02/08/11 updated 02/14/11

- Bethleham, PA, USA

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