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:
68,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. dealer has to recaulk a/c blower motor housing (1 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus body / paint problems

body / paint problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 102011

Taurus SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles


This is the third time since 2004 that this has become a problem. Each time the housing caulk failed (approximately every 2 yrs.) I had to take it in to the dealer for recaulking. Fortunately it hasn't affected the blower motor. The dealer said the water leaking in through the housing could cause the blower motor bearings to rust and cause a failure of the blower motor. Maybe Ford should research a better, longer lasting caulk for this problem.

- , Mentor, OH, USA

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