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:
39,517 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.

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

May 122005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


The contact's friend owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that everytime his friend took his vehicle to get inspected, the check engine light illuminated. The cause of failure was due to a leak in the evaporation emissions control. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage is 87,000 and failure mileage was 40,000.

- Ephrath, PA, USA

problem #2

Jul 012005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,550 miles
Egr valve and sensor went bad. Rusty inside.

- Temperance, MI, USA

problem #1

May 162004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
Bad odor comes out of the vents when heater or air conditioner is running. Smells like antifreeze, and another unidentifiable smell.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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