really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,000 miles

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2001 Ford Taurus exhaust system problems

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2001 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Apr 272011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles


Approximately 1 year ago, I was having mechanic problems with my 2001 Ford Taurus. The engine light came on. I had it inspected by a mechanic. The egr valve and egr sensor was replaced. About two weeks ago, the engine light came back on. I was not able to have it checked by a mechanic again. About a week ago, I noticed that when I started the engine, there was an instantaneous smell of exhaust in the passenger compartment. The windows were all in the closed position. I was required to drive with my windows down for a few days until I could have it looked at by a mechanic. The mechanic found that the egr sensor had melted due to the egr valve not functioning properly. The vacuum line from the egr valve to the egr sensor had also melted. During the few days that I had to drive it, I suffered from extreme headaches, nausea, and lightheadedness from the exhaust coming into the car. Although there was no fire, there was a great potential for a fire due to the extreme heat causing the sensor to melt.

- Sullivan, WI, USA

problem #2

Apr 122001


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When using turn signal to go left or right signal will go out before turn is made. Took to dealer and had it repaired, but problem still exists. The turn signal was repaired twice, but the problem still exists. The exhaust makes humming sound when at idle. Wiper blade failed and was replaced. The vehicle gets low mileage when A/C on, the engine was leaking oil.

- Covinna, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 202000


  • miles
My Taurus has a strong smell of fuel vapors coming from under the hood after the engine is at operating temp!! I had a 2000 Taurus that did exactly the same thing! after the dealer could not fix car Ford sent out a factoy tech.he could not fix my 2000 Taurus.I went to arbitration and the arbitrators could smell the fuel.I was awarded a new 2001 Taurus.I received my 2001 with the same type engine.this is the 24 valve 3.0 litre V-6.now as I get more miles on my 2001 it has the same symptoms exactly as my 2000 did.I have noticed other people on ypur own web page complaining about a fuel odor on their 2000-2001 Taurus.if you drive the car somewhere and shut it off the smell builds up under the hood.when you restart the car the smell comes inside the car thru the vents or heat ducts!!!!! I have walked up to other Taurus in parking lots and they also smell of fuel.this is of courses that they have the 24V emblems on their fenders.

- Yorkville, IL, USA

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