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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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
101,583 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Ford Taurus fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Dec 152011

Taurus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 163,000 miles


the car is a piece of sh*t not only is that the problem my brakes are going out my car is pulling the car lights even go dim I really liked this car at first but now I think the car store in louisville, ky sold me a lemon they are known for that.

- , Louisville, KY, US

problem #2

Dec 052011

Taurus SES 3.0L V6 Flex Fuel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,750 miles

Since I bought this car (04/05/03), I have discussed poor fuel mileage with many service managers and mechanics at dealerships and other repair facilities. Have not seen any improvement in 81/2 years. My fuel mileage is 21-23 in the summer and 18-20 in the winter. I traded a 1993 Taurus with the same engine for this 2002 Taurus and I am very disappointed. 1993 Taurus got 24-26 around town and 31-33 mpg on trips. Quite a difference. On 2002 Taurus, the A/C compressor runs even when the heater controls are turned off. I've discussed this with service managers with no results. This car has cost me more money and inconvenience in 46000 miles of ownership than my 1993 Taurus did in 193000 miles. I wouldn't call that an improvement from 1993 to 2002.

- , Friendsville, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012007

Taurus SEL 3.0L 24v Dohc

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

2002 Taurus sel 24v dohc. getting 14-15 mpg. all these shops were telling me all these sensors wasting my time and money. and then ford recently said it was my exhaust valves and fuel injector. with a little tune up like spark plugs etc... just had it done so don't know if it's fixed yet.

- , Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

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