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...


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
182,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2003 Ford Taurus engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #1

Jun 112010

Taurus 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 182,000 miles


I had the transmission changed and when it was in and going we tryed to start the car but the car was getting to much fuel and it would flood every time. I brought it in to get looked at and they told me that the injectors were open to 124 and its only suppose to be max 3 and when idiols it should only be 1.45 or something. Not sure with the numbers but the mechanic told me that the computer or something was making the injectors stay open way to far which was making the car not to start. he either said it could be the computer is telling the injectors to stay open or the wireing harness needs to be changed due to cut wires when the transmission got put in. Is there any other reason for the injectors to be staying open or should i let them put in a new computer n wire harness or could it be something simple?

- , Cass Lake, MN, USA

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