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:
No data
Average Mileage:
108,000 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus accessories - interior problems

accessories - interior problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 292012


  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,000 miles


The dimmer switch will not stay on and now the lights on the panel will not work.

- , Seagraves, TX, USA

problem #1

Nov 172008

Taurus SES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

I found this site because I have a new problem that I worry could be connected to an old electrical problem (see other complaint). My instrument panel isn't lighting up and both signals stay on. No bulbs are burned out on the outside of my car. I have checked several fuses and they are fine. The problem is, it will cost more than $200 to fix a burned out bulb in the instrument panel, plus a diagnostic fee since the guy said it might not be that. And, what if they DON'T find the problem? Then, I'm out more money chasing some sort of ghost. The worst part is, I can't even sell the thing because I don't feel it's safe, and I don't want someone else to get hurt.

- , Keller, TX, US

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