Notes: Most people need a car that shifts gears & coil springs that don't shred tires. The Taurus fails in that respect.

The 2003 Ford Taurus has major issues with the transmission failing. Typically the 2003 Taurus transmission failure costs $2,000 to fix by about 90k-100k miles. Not good.

Adding insult to injury, the 1999-2003 Taurus also 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...


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
98,308 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace ac compressor (2 reports)
  2. replace with a replacement pulley (2 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 052016

Taurus SES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


This is the one thing that was fixed before my gas leak. Taurus is one big lemon.

- , Morgan Mill, TX, USA

problem #3

Sep 142010

Taurus SES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 140,000 miles

Problem after problem with this car.... Ac clutch burned out, caused by a bad compressor. CANNOT afford $500 to $600 to replace the compressor and clutch.

- , Jeffersonville, IN, US

problem #2

Jan 022012

Taurus SEL 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,777 miles

I bought this car used thinking of it as a great deal due to the low mileage. After one month, my A/C compressor went out. I replaced it with a replacement pulley, since I really don't trust this model after everything I read about it and I didn't want to invest money to fix it with a new compressor. Two weeks later, both my rear power windows stopped working. I swear, this will be my last Ford ever!

- , Saint-Hubert, Quebec, Canada

problem #1

Jun 012011

Taurus SES 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 94,456 miles

The AC Compressor was making a sound inside the Compressor every 3 4 seconds the Pulley inside was bad and it broke the Compressor.

- , Orlando, FL, US

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