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:
113,969 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
  2. replace the camshaft synchronizer and sensor (1 reports)
2002 Ford Taurus engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #5

Jul 052011

Taurus V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,500 miles


Just had new plugs, wires, cylinder head replaced about 1500 miles ago; at 98k miles, I kinda expected that, although the plug self-welding to the cylinder head added about $800 to the job that I was NOT planning on. Current mileage=99,500. Now as I accelerated today, engine misfired, and check engine came on, blinking. Shut off A/C, shut car off and restarted after about 2 minutes; no check engine light. After about 2 minutes, I turned on A/C, check engine light began to blink again.

- , West Greenwich, RI, USA

problem #4

Aug 272010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,012 miles

Since 1 year that car is giving bad problems.. costing me almost 4000$ in repair f*ck!!! I had change gaz pump, oil pan, oxygen sensor and now the door lock that i change too is not functionning right and windows doesnt go up all the time the oil is leeking....... everything almost an now the check engine light is flashing !!! What else now tell me !!! I really dont know what is going on now... I was accelerating like the others and i slow down and the light went off... but i still have to go around wwith that piece of sh*t... Ford you suck! It

- , St0leonard, Quebec, Canada

problem #3

Jan 202010

Taurus SEL 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 242,335 miles

Seems to be a common problem but hard to identify until it's too late. My car was squeeking for about 6 months and had my belt replaced because I thought that might be the problem. It wasn't and the squeeking continued and then suddenly my check engine light began flashing. After a $100 check at the dealership it turned out there was a list of things wrong with my car including the camshaft synchronizer and sensor with a grad total of $1300

- , Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada

problem #2

Dec 102007

Taurus SEL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles

When accelerating hard, the engine light starts flashing. According to the manual this means there was a serious issue, and it says the light will continue to blink until fixed. Well, this has happened several times, and it seems that within a couple of minutes each time, the light goes off. During the period of the light flashing, there is a sluggish feeling to the car. That got me really worried the first time it happened, but it all seems to be back to normal in minutes.

- , Cranston, RI, US

problem #1

May 152004

(reported on)

Taurus SE

  • 47,000 miles

whenever accelerating to about 3500 rpms all of the sudden the check engine light starts flashing and then it goes off also during that period of time that it is flashing you can feel a misfire-like problem. taken it to the ford techs and no problem at all they say (yea right) but private shops say its a misfire on cylinder 2 or oxygen sensors.

- , Yabucoa, PR, Puerto Rico

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