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...


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,528 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.

2003 Ford Taurus AC / heater problems

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #19

Sep 262011


  • 106,349 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle was leaking water under the front passenger seat. The contact was unaware of where the water was coming from. The contact did not take the vehicle to the dealer or a local mechanic. The contact believed that the air conditioner blower resister malfunctioned and caused the water leak. The contact vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 106,349.

- Wesley Chapel, FL, USA

problem #18

Feb 102010


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact started the ignition and activated the air condition. There was an unusual knocking noise and a musty odor emitting through the vents. The failure occurred intermittently. The contact stated during rainy conditions water would leak through the defective front windshield that resulted to an accumulation of water over a period of time in the air condition blower motor. There was a recall associated with the NHTSA campaign id number: 003V087000 (visibility: Windshield); the vehicle had not been repaired under the recall. The contact had spoken with a technician that stated the failure was related to the air condition blower motor however, the vehicle had not been diagnosed. The failure mileage was approximately 38,000.

- Glen Burnie, MD, USA

problem #17

Aug 252009


  • 82,351 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. While the contact was examining his vehicle he noticed that the floor of the vehicle was covered with water. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where the contact was informed that the ac blower motor needed to be replaced. The contact noticed that the blower motor would only operate if it were on high. The current and failure mileages were 82351.

- Debukue, IL, USA

problem #16

Aug 202009


  • 43,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. Water was leaking from the air conditioner vent on the right front passenger side of the vehicle. The floor was also wet each time it rained. The vehicle was purchased three days ago. The vehicle will be diagnosed by the dealer. The failure mileage was 43,000.

- Perkasia, PA, USA

problem #15

Jul 202009


  • 87,000 miles
A/C heater blower motor shortout.

- Lincoln, NE, USA

problem #14

Aug 012008


  • miles
2003 Ford Taurus water leak under passenger side carpet from firewall seal drainage from a.C. looks like had been seeping for years as pad was very moldy and mildew under carpet. Musty smell that may be hazardous to ones health. Ford refused to replace defective boot free but dealer did replace with new seal and siliconed it unlike the original part. Bill was $775 but dealer did take $200 off. I feel the part was defective and not installed properly at manufacture and we bought new. I feel this is not an isolated incident and Ford should do a recall and pay 100% of my expense.

- Kasson, MN, USA

problem #13

Jun 152008


  • 86,500 miles


2003 Ford Taurus, water leaking in cabin on passenger side and flooded A/C unit. Ac only works on high. Repair of leak will cost $579 from dealer. Ford is aware of problem in vehicles but will not repair.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #12

Oct 102007


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. When it rains, water leaks into the passenger compartment, which may have caused the blower to malfunction. While driving 55 mph, the air conditioner began to lose power and went from high to low; however, the control knob was still set on high. Once he arrived home, the air conditioner failed completely. The contact turned off and then turned the air conditioner back on and the power level went back to high. Approximately five minutes later, the power was reduced again to low. The air conditioner failed completely once again and the contact smelled burning wires. The air conditioner failed to come back on after this failure; however, all the other components still functioned properly. He took the vehicle to a local mechanic after several months and was informed that everything was working properly, except for the air conditioner blower motor. The mechanic located a recall and instructed the contact to call NHTSA. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and current mileage was 96,295.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #11

Jan 162008


  • 75,000 miles
The A/C will only work on high pressure.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #10

May 282008


  • 53,000 miles
The air conditioner fan has stopped working due to a leak in a defective cowl.

- Frisco, TX, USA

problem #9

May 032008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 26,625 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The air conditioner switch was not working in the vehicle and water was leaking into the front passenger side of the vehicle. The inability to use the heater or fan caused the contact to defog the windshield during irregular weather conditions. The dealer has not been notified. The failure mileage was 26,625 and current mileage is 26,645. Updated 6/2/08

- Camphill, PA, USA

problem #8

Nov 012007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 28,500 miles
2003 Ford Taurus several months ago the A/C worked only on high for a few days then A/C went out completely. As I didn't have money nor the time to fix, I have left until now to look into the problem now I see many people online have had the same symptoms. Since this originally occurred I've noted water leaking on the passenger floor after some rain storms. I think the blower fan has gone out and probably what ever caused the leak caused the blower to go out, too many coincidences and other people experiencing the same thing. Refer to recall ref# 03V087000 and complaint #10184014. Ford should step up and take responsibility for the problems they are causing due to design flaws.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #7

Feb 072008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
Front passenger side water leak. This leak causes unhealthy mold to build up in carpeting etc. As well as destroys the air conditioning fan switch. This is the 3rd Ford Taurus I have had the same problem with. Dealer wants $995 to repair while I am suffering from mold related allergies.

- Macclenny, GA, USA

problem #6

Jun 162007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact changed the heater blower resistor on two occasions after it was diagnosed by the dealer. The heater blower motor has failed completely. The temperature was 2 or 3 degrees at the time of the failure. The temperature inside the passenger compartment was uncomfortable. The dealer stated that the repair would cost over $100. The failure mileage was 41,000 and current mileage was 49,960.

- Marshfield, IN, USA

problem #5

Jan 122006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact noticed a leak underneath the dashboard on the passenger side floorboard. She also detected smoke and then the air conditioner failed. The mechanic stated that blower motor was leaking and it was replaced. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 91,000 and failure mileage was approximately 80,000. Updated 3/5/08 the consumer stated the mechanic replaced the blower motor but the blower resistor was not repaired but the mechanic stated both were rusted from water damage. Updated 03/05/08

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #4

Nov 052006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,000 miles
Any time air conditioner was used it smelled musty, then the fan blower quit working except for high, replaced blower resistor.

- Dolores, CO, USA

problem #3

Apr 092007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Water leaked into the cabin on passenger's side front of the 2003 Ford Taurus, causing the heater and air condition R ( /A-C) blower to rust and become inoperative. Visibility a problem before changing the motor myself. Dealer refused to fix under ext. Warranty. Recall #031506, for water leak.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #2

May 082005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Water leaking on the passenger's side floorboard of the 2003 Ford Taurus. A/C blower doesn't work due to leaking. (ak

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #1

Dec 012005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,700 miles
: the contact stated the front windshield glass leaked during rainy weather and puddles of rainwater form in the floorboard. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer. The dealer replaced the sealant around the windshield glass. Afterwards, the problem persisted. There was a NHTSA recall # 03V087000 regarding visibility. The VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was not alerted. The battery needed to be replaced, because the vehicle would not start. The air condition failed. Updated 09/22/06.

- Three Rivers, CA, USA

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