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...


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
76,120 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. r/r both front springs (1 reports)
2002 Ford Taurus suspension problems

suspension problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

Jul 162014

Taurus SEL 3.1L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


Both Front Coils Springs broke in less then 1 month of each other and punctured & shredded both front tires that were not even 1 1/2 yeas old. Just had a flatbed tow take it in to local shop today, now just waiting to hear the cost that I can't afford and will have to place myself in debt to pay for the repairs.

Also the transmission fluid leaked out, all of it, I left it sitting for a while then put some in it and now it seems to be holding but I know that only cause I cannot drive it for any length of time till the springs and struts are replaced. Shredded the tires that the coils springs punctured getting it out of the driveway to line it up with the flatbed, it started riding on the rim.

- , Leonard, MI, USA

problem #1

May 142009

Taurus SES 3.0L V6 Flex Fuel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,239 miles

Car in driveway, moved 40 feet, front suspension collapsed & blew out L/F tire. Called 4 Ford dealers for quotes.($275.00-$720.00) Towed to H L Stephens Ford & they ordered parts and repaired within 24 hrs ($248) +$125 for studded tire that was ruined.When they removed springs,r/f spring also broken. Both springs were fresh breaks. There were tiny pockets of rust revealed in the breaks (defective materials).Both springs still had the original paint onthem. Ongoing problem with Taurus. Ford issued recall for 1998-2001 but would not cover this even though this unit was an early 2002 production. Thankfully I wasn't driving 65 mph on the interstate.

- , Friendsville, PA, USA

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