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...


fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
87,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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

AC / heater problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 162011

Taurus LE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles


The fan motor quit working. I had it replaced, but the replacement fan made a very annoying, high pitched sound. After a few weeks, I took the car back to the shop and they replaced the fan motor again. The same high pitched sound was still there. I took it back again after a few more weeks, and they replaced it the third time. The same high pitched sound was still there. The mechanic said he tried everything he could think of to resolve the problem, but to no avail. The high pitched sound is still there. It makes no difference if the A/C is on or off. The sound becomes louder if the fan speed is turned up. The sound was not there with the original fan that had stopped working.

- , Seattle, WA, USA

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