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...


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,308 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.

2002 Ford Taurus fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 032005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,914 miles


Driving along the interstate at 70 mph and the car started slowing down and lost complete power; all the lights on the dash came on; no gas pedal and no steering. The tearrain was rolling hills. We had just under a half a tank of gas. There were no indications there was anything wrong with our vehicle it just went into these symptoms. It happened five more times as my wife was driving before she could get into a safe area. She called a tow truck to take our vehicle to the dealer. Each time she was able to make it to the side of the road, wait about 5 minutes and try to start the vehicle (didn't always start at first) she was able to travel only a couple of miles. We called the dealership the next morning and explained the symptoms and they replaced our "fb sender and pump asy" 2F1Z-9H307-fb (replaced fuel pump) and our "in line fuel filter" yf1Z-9155-ca(filter 1767). We had these same symptoms in Sep 05 ODI number 10141907. We believe this is the same problem that the Ford Motor Company identified for the 2000/2001ford Focus; program 03N01.

- Mcloud, OK, USA

problem #2

Sep 122005

Taurus 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,109 miles
I own a 2002 Ford Taurus which I bought from my father. It only has 27320 miles. On September 12, 2005, I had trouble starting the car. Once started, it would not run very long. Luckily, I was right across the street from a Ford dealer. I left it to be checked. The dealer called and said the fuel pump needs to be replaced. This cost me $100 deductible since it was past the time limit of the original warranty but under the mileage. I own a 2001 Mercury Sable with 65000 miles, on its 3rd fuel pump and I also own a 2002 Ford Taurus with 27000 miles, on its 2nd fuel pump.

- Brunswick, OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 012003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 21,900 miles
Car was driven for approx. 100 miles, gas was low, so stopped to refill. When car was restarted, the car hesitated then sounded choked like it was not getting gas. Revved car to try to 'clear' system. Problem continued, at worst when idling. After a few minutes, engine light came on, so I turned off the car and called Ford dealer. Wrecker driver came out, revved car a few more times (approx. 3000 RPM) small backfire out of muffler each time. Problem seemed to go away. Wrecker driver blamed 'baffles' in muffler? drove car another 200 miles home. Three days later, after driving a bit, parked for short time then restarted car, same problem reoccurred.

- Royal Oak, MI, USA

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