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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,599 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.

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 012010


  • 103,798 miles


I had to have my transmission rebuilt last Dec and now am experiencing electrical problems, my signal lights/hazard lights do not work and was told the wires and harness need to be replaced. Hinges that hold rear window in have snapped off, window held in place by lock.

- West Haven, CT, USA

problem #2

Apr 252010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
The hood latch begin to not close properly. The hood flew up while driving on the freeway smashing the windshield and costing over $2000 to repair even without the occurrence of a collision. The latch had to be replaced. It could have been a very bad accident if there had been more people on the road as the hood eliminated visibility.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #1

Sep 152004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
Consumer states: Air bags light kept coming on, and airbags did not work properly, took car to shop 5 times, dealer stated driver's air bag did not work, and passenger's side rear lock and keyless entry did not work.

- Warrensville Heights, OH, USA

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