hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,750 miles

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2001 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

Jul 022012


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 40 mph and attempting to engage the brakes, the vehicle continued to accelerate and failed to stop. As a result, the contact drove through a red light. In order to stop the vehicle, the shifter had to be switched to the park position and the engine was turned off. The contact indicated that the failure occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician determined that the plastic ring on the end of the cruise control was defective due to damaged prongs that snapped. The failure caused the cruise control to become stuck when pressing the throttle. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified, but no solution was offered. The failure mileage was 135,000.

- Stuart, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 282009

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles
The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. When driving 25 mph the vehicle speed cruise control will activate and then deactivate without intention. Also he has to turn off the engine in order to disengage the speed control. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer nor has the manufacturer been notified. The failure mileage was 136,000. Updated 01/26/10 when the consumer attempted to set the cruise control, there were times when it didn't work and times when it did work. When it was engaged, and the consumer applied the brake to reduce speed without touching the resume button the vehicle would take off at the preset speed. Even when using the off, the cruise would resume to the preset speed. The only way to disengage the cruise control was to turn the vehicle off. Updated 01/26/10.

- Wausaukee, WI, USA

problem #2

Jan 012004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving and upon using the cruise control consumer had to continuously press the button to shut the cruise control off. However, the button became inoperable, and he had to depress the brakes very hard to stop the vehicle.

- Daytona Beach, FL, USA

problem #1

Aug 302001

(reported on)


  • miles
After vehicle is started engine idled to 1400 rpms. This occurred for about 1-3 minutes. When taking off vehicle surged forward. Dealer reprogrammed computer, which did not correct the problem.

- Waukesha, WI, USA

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