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...


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
54,113 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace disks when changing brake pads (3 reports)
2002 Ford Taurus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 152003

Taurus SES 3.0L V6 Flex Fuel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles


Bought used 04/05.03. 16000 miles. Brakes shaking on test drive.Purchased w/ promise of fix. 18000 miles dealer tried turning rotors on vehicle. Made worse. Will order parts (not stocked ???). 3 weeks later finally got parts. Installed. Problem fixed for now. See later!

- , Friendsville, PA, USA

problem #2

Oct 052007

Taurus SES 3.0L V6 Flex Fuel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 36,339 miles

Here we are again w/ brakes shaking. Brake pads only 1/3 worn, but rotors warped.(Ford Rotors & pads) Replaced W/ aftermarket pads & rotors. (premium quality)

- , Friendsville, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 142010

Taurus SES 3.6L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 109,000 miles

Disks shouldn't have to be replaced every time. But they warp so badly the front of the car shakes when braking.

- , Kalamazoo, MI, USA

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