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...


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
39,559 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 (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Oct 282005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


Multiple failures of resistor # F6dz-19A706-aa due to water damage ultimately leading to failure of heating / cooling fan motor caused by water damage. A tsb had been issued for a known problem of water leakage into passenger compartment. Tsb # 04-15-3.

- Mt. Kisco, NY, USA

problem #1

Dec 172004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
Continuous water leak on passenger side which fills up floorboard and has effected the fan motor on the heating and air has quit blowing. This is a factory defect and that was mentioned to the dealer several times but they state it was not written down so they would not honor the warranty.

- Mt. Pleasant, TX, USA

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