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:
36,756 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 electrical problems

electrical problem

Find something helpful? Spread the word.
Get notified about new defects, investigations, recalls & lawsuits for the 2003 Ford Taurus:

Unsubscribe any time. We don't sell/share your email.

2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 022008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,812 miles


I purchased my 2003 Ford Taurus from carmax in baltimore, md in Sept 2006 after trading in my 2000 Ford Ranger. The Taurus was a rental car in NJ before being sold to carmax. Since I purchased the car, I have had to replace the battery, starter, blower motor relay, transmission gasket and now the air compressor, power steering pump and belt needs to be replaced.

- Harrison Township, MI, USA

problem #1

Dec 012005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,700 miles
: the contact stated the front windshield glass leaked during rainy weather and puddles of rainwater form in the floorboard. The vehicle was inspected by the dealer. The dealer replaced the sealant around the windshield glass. Afterwards, the problem persisted. There was a NHTSA recall # 03V087000 regarding visibility. The VIN was not included in the recall. The manufacturer was not alerted. The battery needed to be replaced, because the vehicle would not start. The air condition failed. Updated 09/22/06.

- Three Rivers, CA, USA

Not what you are looking for?