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:
No data
Average Mileage:
93,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Ford Taurus cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 072009

Taurus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles


(I have been going to my school's shop for the first few times for this.)First I went in to get the heater looked at because it was not blowing out hot air, just cool air. So when I took it in, they changed the thermostat and it worked at first but then it went back to cool air after 20 min of driving it. Then I brought it back in and they then flushed the heater core. When I took the car back after that I noticed a leaking but didnt think too much of it. So when I was driving it home, my car started to overheat, when I pulled into my garage the hood of the car started smoking like CRAZY and I noticed there was a HUGE leak of coolant everywhere. Then, I brought it back in, and they said that I have to bring it into a mechanic to get the Inlet tube and outlet tube replaced because the tubes were really rusted. So now I have to take it in, and hopefully they can fix it not for a SUPER large expense.

- , Elkhorn, WI, USA

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