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:
21,000 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.

2003 Ford Taurus brakes problems

brakes problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #1

Dec 152004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles


Front brakes were squeaking and scrubbing. Braking distance continued to increase in length. Vehicle was taken to midas. At that time it had less than 22,000 miles. Brake tech. At midas examined pads, which were original equipment from manufactuer. Pads from both wheels had hairline cracks in them and pieces of metal shavings embedded. Metal shavings were causing rubs in rotors. Tech stated it was only a matter of time before pads cracked completely and vehicle had aloss of braking. Pads were replaced with midas ceramic type. Old pads were discarded after a visit to Ford dealer had no results.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

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