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...


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,391 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 suspension problems

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 052007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles


2002 Ford Taurus with left coil spring broke. A recall was issued but not on the year the consumer owned.** the ball joints were replaced because they were loose and worn. The wheel cylinders were replaced due to them leaking.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #2

Jan 062006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,174 miles
Upon routine oil change and inspection the passenger side lower ball joint was stated to be loose and needed replacing. After work, I jacked up the car and verified the passenger front tire could be wobbled when pulling on the top & bottom of the tire. This car has 37,174 miles. A repair has been scheduled at a local shop.

- Marcellus, MI, USA

problem #1

Oct 052004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving in inclement weather the blower motor failed work and the windshield became foggy. This caused poor visibility for the driver. Consumer heard a loud knock noise coming from the front. Consumer took vehicle to the dealer, and mechanic determined that defroster/defogger motor, and the passenger side lower ball joints needed to be replaced.

- North Mankato, MN, USA

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