ANNOUNCEMENT: The Car Book 2018 is now online!

Ratings on over 1,000 new & used models going back 5 years, from the Center from Auto Safety. Learn more about The Car Book 2018 here. 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...


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,492 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 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 132007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


Blower motor not always working, husband took apart and it was all corroded in there. He cleaned it up and it worked for about 3 months and started all over again. And finally quit we replaced with a new one.

- Wakefield, MI, USA

problem #7

Aug 172006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
A/C heater fan motor failed

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #6

Jul 012005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45 miles
My blower motor failed I was told this was a manufacturing defect. I am upset that Ford is not taking responsible for there problems. The repair cost is about $250-300. This should be a recall because the vehicle has no defroster, this is a hazard when driving if my windshield show fog up I have no way to see out the windshield.

- Bridgewater, NJ, USA

problem #5

Nov 152004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90 miles


Ford issued a recall on its 2002 Ford tauraus vehicles for updating the computer systems. After the computer systems were updated I was told that I need to purchase a new oxygen sensor to keep the light from coming on again. I asked if this was a part of the recall and the dealership stated no that is was something different. Well the same exact thing happened on my father-in-laws 2002 Ford escape. I took it in and was told the same thing. I asked again if it was part of the recall and they assured me that it wasnt. I think they are wrong. Well about a month later the car started accelerating on its on and jumping out of gear. This could have caused and accident but thankfully no one was in front of us at the time. Then the battery on it drained down so far that the big jump box at the dealership couldn't even fix it and we had to purchase a new battery. I'm not sure of the exact date of the incidents.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #4

Apr 232005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
2002 Ford Taurus ses blower fan stopped working and the consumer was unable to use the defroster and heater.** answer required*** the blower motor shorted out due to a manufacturer defect that allowed water to get into the motor. The motor was replaced. The consumer was informed that this was a common problem. The consumer requested reimbursement.

- Boiceville, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 062005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When consumer turned on the heat or air defogger, it failed. Consumer smelled odor coming from the vents. Took vehicle to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that the cooling fan needed to be replaced due to corrosion.

- Flushing, NY, USA

problem #2

Jul 162004


  • miles
We own two 2002 Ford Taurus vehicles. One was purchased new and one used. The first time owner vehcile experienced intermittent and finally complete malfunction of the heater/airconditioner blower fan. Dealer advised that water had leaked into the area which houses the unit and replaced as unit was under warranty. Second vehicle experienced same problem however was no longer under dealer warranty. Dealer installed a rain shield in the fresh air intake and replaced blower motor and resistor. Total repair bill was $363.02. When we questioned that this problem was a design defect and perhaps should be covered by Ford Motor Company we were told no and when we asked for the dealer to provide at least a senior citizen discount, we were declined. We also experienced the same problem with a previous 1998 Ford Contour.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #1

Aug 012004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,800 miles
The cover which allows water to get down into the fan motor rusted out. (blower motor)

- Curtice, OH, USA

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