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...


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
30,068 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.

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2003 Ford Taurus electrical problems

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

May 142007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


2003 Ford Taurus stalls at high speeds and at slowing down.

- Melrose Park, PA, USA

problem #1

May 112004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137 miles
Intermittent hesitation during aceleration. North bound, two lane ct 85. Clear, dry pm. Resevoir to my right, trees, signaled for a left turn, no oncomming traffic. I slowed to make turn, then accelerated. I saw a vehicle pull out to pass, several cars behind. My car started to gain speed, then hesitated, the RPM started to build up. The SUV struck my right rear light, and bumper. The accident scene was rual, over a mile to nearest dweling. No phone. Other driver returned to scene. No witnesses stopped. After the body repair work was complete, the service department at simon Ford could not find any proble. Probleb manifested itself 5 or 6 times on the way home. It also showed up driving back to simon Ford. Did not recur while mechanic was with me, for test drive. Problem has occured about 12 times since. The 2003 Ford turus currently has 482 miles on it. Purchased with 64 miles, and accident at 137miles. When problem occurs, after about one second RPM builds to about 1500 RPM, then hangs there for one to two seconds, before increasing. It is as if the engin cut back to two cylinders, then increases to four, and finanly back to six.

- Gales Ferry, CT, USA

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