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:
68,212 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. corroded battery cable (1 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2002 Ford Taurus engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 162011

Taurus SE 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


The car was shutting itself off periodically when I came to a stop, or would not start without repeated attempts. Eventually I had to have it towed from my workplace to a mechanics shop when it would not start at all. The voltage testing I did throughout the engine compartment will show appropriate levels at the battery terminals but a sharp drop off between the battery and where the cables connect. The positive battery cable, OE, cost 120 to replace.

- , Gr, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 062012

Taurus Ses Sports V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 71,425 miles

Husband went to get a book on this stupid car. the book doesn't cover my car cause its a sports version. It drove fine March to Jan 5,2012. Friday morning woke up started the same way. And you can hear that there is something wrong. It shakes, has power, wont even go up the hill. Hit the gas rpm will go to 4-5-6 and im lucky if im going 35. If i have stop you can hear that it wants to stall. No one that my husband has talk to can help him find out what the problem is.

- , Ware, MA, USA

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