really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,606 miles

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2001 Ford Taurus transmission problems

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2001 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Feb 162010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. The contact stated there was an unknown fluid leaking excessively from the vehicle while parked. The dealer advised the transmission casing fractured, causing the spillage. The dealer advised the failure caused all of the transmission fluid to leak and believed the failure to be a manufacturing defect. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 50,000. Updated 11/19/10. The consumer stated there was a problem with the fuel lines. Updated 12/01/10

- Leavenworth, KS, USA

problem #26

Sep 102009

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Without notice Ford Taurus 2001 ses just stopped accelerating. I was on a very busy highway and going around 70mph. And the vehicle just stopped going. Seems like a very common problem with this vehicle luckily I was able to get safely to the side of the road.

- Brockport, NY, USA

problem #25

Jan 102008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,500 miles
I own a 2001 Ford Taurus station wagon. Twice now I've been told I need a new transmission. True, I have just under 100,000 miles on it; but that's still two transmissions. The first time I replaced the tranny I had about 50,000 miles on it. Piece of junk!

- Wasilla, AK, USA

problem #24

Sep 012007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 107,000 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford Taurus. When the contact started the vehicle, it jerked when the engine was cold. He stated that when he places the vehicle in drive, it accelerates too quickly. The vehicle has not been taken to the dealer. The dealer stated that all of the vehicles of that year, make, and model start in that manner. The VIN was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 107,000. Updated 11/06/07

- Thomasville, GA, USA

problem #23

Apr 072006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,000 miles
Transmission failed on 2001 Ford Taurus at 41,000 mile. Transmission was rebuilt and began failing again at 77,000 miles. Car began vibrating around 45 mph until 60 mph, Ford dealership took it for a test ride and said there was nothing wrong and I should get new tires. Now at 97,000 miles the transmission has failed again. Slips out of gear when driving, slips on the upshift, clunks on the downshift. When dealership was notified of vibration car was still under warranty, now that it has failed completely there is no longer a warranty.

- Waterford, WI, USA

problem #22

Feb 212005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,000 miles
My daughter got to work and shut the car off and when she came out the car started but would not go in gear. No warning of any kind. We had the vehicle towed to inver grove Ford and found out the transmission went out with only 38,000 miles on the vehicle. Of course the warranty expired at 36,000. We talked with Ford and they stated that since we didn't buy the extended warranty there was nothing they could do. I helped my daughter buy this car so she would have a reliable car to drive my two grandchildren around in and get back and forth to work. I thank god everyday that the car was parked and she was not driving it let alone with my grandchildren in it. Inver grove Ford stated that a major component had gone out and it would be $3400 to fix the component or for $3500 we could get a new transmission put in it. Give me a break. A $100 difference. I most definetely will not be buying another Ford product. Shame on them for not stressing the fact to me that by buying this car I really needed to buy the extended warranty. Now the car will be sitting until we can afford to get it fixed. The Ford Motor Company takes the money but really doesn't care about the consumer. We were told we were not loyal customers because we didn't bring the car back for oil changes and such and give them more money. We were faulted because we could change the oil ourselves.

- Cottage Grove, MN, USA

problem #21

Dec 102004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles


2001 Ford Taurus developed a loud chirping sound that was heard when car was running. This car has only a little over 80000 miles on it. When it was taken to a garage to be looked out. They claimed the sound was coming from the transmission and the tork converter. To make a long story short, we now have to pay $2300 for a new transmission. After the transmission was installed, the sound is still there. We were informed that the tork converter is what is making the sound and it will take several weeks of driving before the sound disappears. We have been without our car for 3 weeks and very disappointed in the Ford Taurus.

- Sumter, SC, USA

problem #20

Sep 302002

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 35,000 miles
As with my 1992 Taurus my 2001 Taurus has the same problem with the windshield wiper switch or motor.presently not fixed because I do not want to pay for it. Also my trans. Slips and up and down shifts hard in and out of second gear. Once again I don't want to pay for it.

- Highland Lks., NJ, USA

problem #19

Aug 102004


  • miles
Consumer complained about transmission problems. While driving transmission shook since February, 2004. Took vehicle to dealer, and was told that it had a problem, and kept vehicle for 4 days. When consumer received vehicle back she was told that they replaced the computer piston because it was stuck. Also, had problems wit the windows. They made a weird noise. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they just realigned the windows.

- East Chicago, IN, USA

problem #18

Jul 212004

Taurus 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 35 mph consumer heard a loud noise coming from the front of the vehicle. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to a garage for inspection, where mechanic determined that transmission needed to be replaced.

- Galloway, NJ, USA

problem #17

Jul 252004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 29,500 miles


Intermittent transmition disengaging. The other day I drove to my driveway, slowed down, pulling into the driveway, gave it some gas and the RPM's went up but I could not get up my driveway because of this issue. I have had my 2001 Ford tauras with 31000 in two other times to the Ford dealer for this issue and they find nothing wrong, yet they want me to by an extended warranty.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #16

May 082004


  • miles
I own a 2001 Ford Taurus the car won't shift into gear is this problem going to be recalled" 23,000 miles same vehicle has 23,000 miles the egr valve has been replaced twice is this going to be recalled"

- Olyphant, PA, USA

problem #15

Apr 102004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,010 miles
I was parallel parking my 2001 Taurus and when I put the car in drive(to pull forward in the parking space) the car sped up to hi RPM's and I had to jam the brakes on to avoid crashing into the vehicle that was parked in front of me.

- Tonawanda, NY, USA

problem #14

Feb 102004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have, on several occasions taken my car to the dealership for check engine light, engine running roughly, and transmission problems. Each time the check engine light has been taken care of by installing a different type of sensor (which happens to never be covered under the so-called extended warranty I purchased). The transmission problem, on the other hand, is a problem that has yet to be rectified yet remains a problem. For example, when turning out onto the highway from a stopped position, car will accelerate properly at first but then RPM's will build and transmission will violently jerk after the increase in RPM's. this has also happened on several occasions during high-speed (55-75) driving conditions. Of course, the dealers (yes, I've had it at two dealers) have never found anything wrong with the transmission even though I have had an independent transmission repair person change the fluid and filter and inform me that there was a film in the fluid indicating a wearing problem within the transmission.

- Kings Mountain, KY, USA

problem #13

Jul 102003

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2001 Ford Taurus 4 door sedan. There was a clunking noise when the consumer moved the gear shift selector from park to another gear position. The lock cylinder in the ignition was frozen, the radio was inoperative, and the door panels were removed to clean the window runs... the rear drum assembly was cracked and pitted.

- Hawk Run, PA, USA

problem #12

Jun 112003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,350 miles
Consumer states while traveling at 30 mph, the vehicle began to respond like it was in neutral. There was no power. The vehicle experienced complete transmission failure. The vehicle was repaired by a transmission shop and the consumer requested that Ford reimburse him for the repairs. Ford denied the request due to expiration of his warranty.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #11

May 282003


  • miles
While traveling on the highway the transmission stalled and made a loud grinding noise.

- Hawk Run, PA, USA

problem #10

Aug 082002


  • 93,000 miles
NHTSA# 15190 01-F-071-000 automatic transmission loose third gear operation. Consumer states having problem with the automatic transmission which broke on August 8, 2002. Dealer charged over two thousands dollars, four months later vehicle has the same problem with the transmission.

- Elk Grove, CA, USA

problem #9

Jul 282002


  • miles

- Bellville, MI, USA

problem #8

Mar 012002


  • miles
Consumer states transmission jerks in and out of gear while driving.

- Houston, TX, USA

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