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...


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,227 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 windows / windshield problems

windows / windshield problem

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2002 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 292007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,500 miles


Rear passenger power window went out. Mechanic said that he sees this all the time and that I'll probably be back shortly for another one. He said that they put cheap motors in them and they don't last long.

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #3

Jun 232006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,222 miles
The motors of the two windows on the driver's side of a 2002 Taurus 4 door sedan both failed. The Ford dealer determined that the motors had failed and offered to replace them at $225 each. Charge for inspection was $42. Having power windows that won't go down could be a safety problem in some situations.

- Matthews, NC, USA

problem #2

Feb 262004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,187 miles
Interior tires separated. The windows made a noise when going up, the dealer lubricated the regulator.

- Sebring, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 012002


  • miles
Right power window is in failure. Dealer

- Irving, TX, USA

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