Notes: Most people need a car where the coil springs don't puncture or shred tires while driving. The Taurus fails in that respect.

The 1999-2003 Ford Taurus has a huge problem with coil springs breaking, which can puncture or even shred tires while driving.

The US government spent THREE YEARS (2008-2011) investigating the 2002-2003 Taurus coil springs. Although Taurus/Sable from earlier years were recalled, ultimately the NHTSA did not force a recall. They determined that because there had been no deaths & very few bad crashes & injuries, the broken coil springs defect was no big deal & not a safety defect. Tell that to all the owners who had close calls...


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
62,265 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #7

Jan 152008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles


2002 Ford Taurus sel: The heater blower motor is shot, we have replaced it twice so it made me do some online research. Turns out this is very common with the Taurus and we can't afford to fix it on our dime again. We pull the motor out and there is water inside it. We've tried finding a leak or source of the water but no luck. This is getting costly and there is an existing recall #03V087000 for other Taurus models, ours should be included also. Problem started with 40K miles and now with 55K it still a ongoing problem.

- Nottingham, NH, USA

problem #6

Jan 032008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 74,000 miles
I took my 2002 Ford Taurus to the repair shop because I did not have any heat. I was told it was the heater core and they proceeded to replace it. After I picked my vehicle up, by the time I got home I had no heat again. The technicians at the repair shop said they do not know why it is not heating. Ford technicians do not know either.

- Covington, GA, USA

problem #5

Jan 062008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
No visibility on cold/snow days due to heater/defroster failure. Having zero visibility is a very serious safety issue. Numerous Taurus owners have indicated the same problem. The heater resistor fails due to water getting into the blower motor compartment and shorting out the resistor. This is a faulty design by the manufacturer. My 2002 Taurus had the heater resistor replaced approximately 3 weeks ago, and has now quit again. Since the original replacement, we have experienced several strong rain storms. (although not a safety issue, the water also comes into the passenger side floor board causing mold and odor problems) through research via Taurus owner websites, several owners have also experienced heater blower motor failure, in addition to the resistor failure. This is not a normal maintenance type issue, and due to the zero visibility issue, should be considered a safety issue.

- Olive Hill, KY, USA

problem #4

Dec 222006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,053 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that he experiences a lot of wind noise, water leakage, squeaks, and rattles coming from the vehicle's windshield. The contact stated that snow may have entered into the floor blower, motor, and resister and that speed was not a factor. The contact has performed the repair to his windshield. The current mileage is 50,457 and failure mileage was 47,053.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #3

Mar 022005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
The contact stated the heater blower motor stopped working. The motor and resistor short out due to rainwater that entered the heater assembly through the venting along the hood of the vehicle. Also, the rain water leaked onto the floorboard. He has replaced the heater blower motor twice at his own expense.

- Clarksburg, WV, USA

problem #2

Mar 232005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Windshield is always damp on starting. Blower motor ceased working and was repaired for $250. Wondering about the winddshield leaking? and recall as this will probably happen again.

- Toronto, 00, USA

problem #1

Oct 282004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,799 miles
Water leakage on the front passenger side. Heater failure.

- Worcester, MA, USA

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