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:
115,978 miles
Total Complaints:
24 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replaced transmission (11 reports)
  2. not sure (10 reports)
  3. replaced spline in torque converter (1 reports)
  4. sell car (1 reports)
  5. transmission rebuild (1 reports)
2002 Ford Taurus transmission problems

transmission problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #4

Aug 032010

Taurus SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,673 miles


Pulled away from intersection got up to speed when I realized I was losing power.Total transmission failure.Had to be towed to service centre.Total cost for repairs was $2000.00.Seems to be common problem.

- , Courtland, Ontario, Canada

problem #3

Jun 132010

Taurus SES 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,100 miles

I was driving down a four lane freeway and was passing someone in the left lane when suddenly my car just revved up and lost all acceleration. I got to the side of the road and the only gear I could get was park, all others acted as if they were in neutral. No warning signs or anything. Ryan M from Carleton, Mi indicates that "the problem stems from a bad heat treatment on the torque converter stamped steel part" from this website at (see complaint #69). It seems to me that us consumers should not be held responsible for bad manufacturing practices. I have already submitted my report to NHTSA at and I strongly urge others to do the same. I see that they are already looking into the 2004-2005 Ford Freestar and the 2004-2005 Mercury Monterey transmission (the AX4N/4F50N), the very same that is in the 1994-2007 Ford Taurus (see NHTSA Action Number : PE09033 indicating 227 owner complaints). If we all contact NHTSA and file reports, perhaps we can get Ford to issue a recall so we can get compensated accordingly.

- , Lansing, MI, US

problem #2

Jul 102009

Taurus SE 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

Transmission went at 90,000 which i think is ridiculas for a car built in the two thousands. It showed no signs of going bad and then just went out on the freeway and was stuck there with a two year old in the back till a tow truck showed up. Not cool ford. Honestly this car has been nothing but problems i have had to repair so many things it's not funny.

For anyone looking to buy this car i hope you read this and change your mind, it will save you a lot of money and headaches

- , Mentor, OH, USA

problem #1

Oct 092007

Taurus SES 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

This was just the start. In Feb 2008 Trans went out (cool huh) ,and 2300.00 dollars later the problem was was fixed. In March 2009 DPFE went out (melted around hose fittings) and eventually find out that it melted due to Back Pressure from the Catalytic Converters. REPLACED all 3 for under 1800.00. WTF Ford, if a small business tried to sell an obviously defective product they would be sued and eventually put out business. I will never buy another FORD product again. One last item, A/C compressor went out in May 2009, 1173.00 dollars later problem solved. I am waiting for my next great FORD adventure !!!

- , Austin, TX, USA

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