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...


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,762 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

Nov 012002

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles


The contact stated the brakes have not operated properly since purchase. The vehicle will not slow down when the brake pedal is depressed. She must pump the pedal repeatedly, but this does not always work. The rotors and pads have been replaced by the dealership. The dealership was unable to diagnose the cause of the problem. The vehicle has been to an independent repair shop, and they too were unable to diagnose the cause of the problem. Also, the contact detected fumes coming from the engine. The vehicle was taken to the same repair shop, and they determined the radiator overflow tank had a crack on the bottom. No repairs have been made.

- Newport, VA, USA

problem #3

Nov 012002

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,047 miles
2002 Ford Taurus experiencing problems with brake equipment. The vehicle has been serviced four times for brake problems. When the consumer would brake the steering wheel would shimmy and the brakes would pulsate. Each time the brake rotors were replaced or resurfaced but they would fail again within a few months.

- Conventry , RI, USA

problem #2

Jan 092004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,000 miles
Brake failure under wet/ drizzly road continues to roll and will not stop. This has happened three times in the past few months with the most recent on 01-09-04.

- Belleview, FL, USA

problem #1

Nov 152003


  • 33,000 miles
Consumer complained about front brake rotors. The front brake rotors were replaced on four separate occasions, but the problem still occurs.

- Havertown, PA, USA

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