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:
Average Mileage:
34,750 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. the weather stip had to be replaced (1 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

May 282007

(reported on)

Taurus SES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,000 miles


Ford NEEDS to recall this crappy part that is flooding out my car!! I have researched this & its happens to many Taurus/ sable, owners. Mine is in the shop as I type. I don't think my warranty ( extended) is going to cover this project, others have quoted a 250.00 price tag on getting this fixed. I just PRAY the water didn't mess up anything other than my carpet & pocketbook!

- , Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #1

Jan 052006

(reported on)


  • 32,500 miles

The car is only 32500 mile the 3 yr warranty expired 2 months ago. The weathersttrip in the dashboard failed resultting in rain water seeping into the blower motor. The blower motor & some resistors blew. Heating system totally failed in freezing weather. Water also leaked into the floor of the passender side seat ( I could see at least a gallon of rain water on the floor).

The ford dealership was nice enough to get ford to pay 70% of the costs but I still had to pay $212. The problem should not have happened in the first place in a car barely 3 yrs (32000 miles). Just shows poor buiild quality from ford. No wonder they just give a 3 yr/35,000 miles warranty.

I would never buy or recommend a ford again.

- , Old Bridge, NJ, USA

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