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:
95,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replaced starter (1 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus electrical problems

electrical problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 272016

Taurus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles


Car wouldn't start. Had to replace the starter at 68,000 miles.

- , Clinton Township, MI, US

problem #2

Sep 022011

Taurus SE 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 117,000 miles

I buy this car a couple weeks a go and when I get home I found out the car don't want to start anymore. And I found gas leaking from the tank. I changed the fuel pump and fuel filter. I did a tune up and the car was fine until I took it to the gas station and after filling the tank, it just don't want to start anymore. In order to work I have to keep pressing the gas and this happens every time I fill the tank. I called the guy who sold me the car to ask if he knew what the problem was but he don't answer. I feel like going and punching the guy and the face and also the anti theft light is on ,,,, I think I got ripped off with this car .....

- , Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #1

Jun 162011

Taurus SES 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

My insurance company is getting a little suspicious of all my towing bills for this piece of crap. In 18 months of ownership and 14,000 miles, I have had $4000 in repair bills and I have every damn receipt to prove it. And if that isn't enough I still have car payments on it. Now its my starter that has decided to puke on this thing. The only nice thing Ford has done for me is install big screen tv to watch in the repair shop as my Taurus continues to fail me. Ford how can continue to ruin peoples lives! My priority in life is to now provide reliable transportation for my and a roof over our heads is at the bottom of my list. Thanks a lot Ford you suck.........the life out of me!

- , Greenville, WI, USA

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