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:
61,000 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace (3 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

Apr 022011

Taurus SES 3.2L V6

  • Manual transmission
  • 105,000 miles


The AC went completely went out which affected my belts in the car like the water pump. I was unable to drive the car and the repairs were over 600.00 dollars.

- , Tehachapi, CA, US

problem #3

Jan 182010

Taurus SEZ 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

The heat and AC stopped working one day, i tried to ingore the problem but u cant do that in NY its too cold to go on without a heater, Took it to the mechanic and i was told that it was the fan blower motor which cost me $200 with labor and parts. Now its working just fine.

- , Lake Success, NY, USA

problem #2

Aug 172004

Taurus SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles

fan quit running due to leak that allowed rain to run through the heater system somehow - car was repaired, glove compartment door was cracked by dealer then replaced by a cheaper version which pops open at every opportunity

- , Somerset, PA, USA

problem #1

May 092008

Taurus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles

the fan motor appears to have quit, I can feel cold air and heat out of vents but certainly not enough to cool or heat car or to use defroster. Any one have a fix for this

- , MOss Point, MS, USA

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