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...


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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.

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 152003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Auto: Ford Taurus 2002 with the ("ffe") "fuel flex engine" installed problem: Car experiences "classic miss under load" or "hesitation" at constant speed with a low throttle angle on the gas petal between 20-50 mph while in either "over drive or drive". most pronounced in cruise control between 20-50 mph with A/C off. Repair effort: After (4) repair cycles within local dealer's shop, the last with Ford field engineering present, have identified the problem to be isolated to the "exhaust gas recycling valve". since the "ffe" engine is design to work with both ethanol and standard gasoline, it is believed the opening and closing cycle of the egr valve is incorrect for use with standard gasoline. The fourth and final repair report states egr is the cause of the auto performance problem. The owner firmly believes this egr problem is also the cause of periodic motion felt within the car, which may cause feelings of "nausea" possibly due to "motion sickness" to the driver and any occupants in the car. Dealer mechanics and the service manager have been successful in repeating the performance problem during test drives and can stop problem by disconnecting of portion of erg system. Ford field engineering final decision on repair: "no repair necessary, this effect is normal for this type of engine". auto owner is now using "dispute settlement board" within Ford Motor Company to resolve this problem. Owner believes this type of problem falls under "defective product" statute.

- Indialantic, FL, USA

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