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:
92,500 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.

2002 Ford Taurus body / paint problems

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 272010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


Ford Taurus 2002 while driving on the freeway at 70 mph the front sub frame ( engine cradle ) broke away do to corrosion causing loss of steering control do to the fact that the engine, trans and front half shafts are held in place with engine cradle. This is a very dangerous problem that is just know coming to light.

- Allenton, MI, USA

problem #1

Feb 162008


  • 45,000 miles
My 2002 Ford Taurus leaks water through the right side of my front windshield and gets water all over my passenger side floor board, sometimes 1/2 an inch deep. The leak has also gotten into my blower fan for my heater/ac and caused it to short out. This makes my car very humid making all of the glass fog up when I am driving to where I cannot see the road. I can't even turn my defroster on because of the blower fan motor that got shorted out from the water leak. I use a rag now to wipe the moisture away with one hand and drive with the other. If it is below freezing, there will actually be a layer of frost on the inside of my front and rear windshields!, which is tough to get all the way off due to the concavity of the glass. I thought that I had just left my window slightly cracked the first few times there was water on my floor board. The first time I noticed the water leaking in was when I had a passenger in my car and the water squirted onto his foot as I was backing down my driveway on a clear day. That means that the water collects somewhere behind the glove box and under the dashboard, after a steady rain, and when the degree of my car changes the water comes pouring in. I saw it with my own eyes the next time it happened. There was a steady steam of water for about 5 seconds, about 1 1/2 cups of water total. I have seen this happen at least 3 times with varying amounts of water. To correct this failure, I went online and found out that my model of car had been recalled in 2003 for a loose windshield mount that could let water leak in. But when I took it to the dealership they said that my VIN wasn't up for any recalls. So, somehow my car got left off the list of recalled cars. They refused to fix it since it wasn't in the computer to be fixed, meaning they wouldn't get paid. Also, my rear windshield creaks when I am driving which means that it is affected too. I am scared that one day I will be an the interstate and one of my windshields will just fly off.

- Nashville, TN, USA

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