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
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
60,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace the sensor (1 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #1

Jul 012008

Taurus SEL V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


The car lost comlete power two different times, both exiting from the interstate. I nearly rear ended another car the second time.

It's the camshaft position sensor that was bad. As a failsafe, if it faults, it will completely cut the power to the car, including your enginer, power breaks, and stearing. This is VERY VERY dangerous!! Was able to start up to get onto tow truck bed, and had it towed to dealership. Had sensor replaced, then no problems for about a couple months, until it died again. Had towed back to dealer and found that the new sensor they installed ended up being a faulty sensor too.

Ford, you guys are putting people's lives at risk with this kind of crap!

- , Austin, TX, USA

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