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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
17,684 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 #3

Dec 222006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,053 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that he experiences a lot of wind noise, water leakage, squeaks, and rattles coming from the vehicle's windshield. The contact stated that snow may have entered into the floor blower, motor, and resister and that speed was not a factor. The contact has performed the repair to his windshield. The current mileage is 50,457 and failure mileage was 47,053.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #2

Oct 202004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving in inclement weather the windshield wipers would come on and go off intermittently without warning. The consumer was able to drive it to the dealer for inspection. The mechanic informed the consumer that the windshield wiper motor needed to be replaced. Please fill in additional information.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #1

May 172003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 6,000 miles
The vehicle caught on fire. The vehicle was parked and locked for 8 hours when a noise was heard. The consumer viewed the front of the vehicle on fire. The insurance and fire investigators thought that maybe the fire started in the windshield wiper motor.

- Hammonton, NJ, USA

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