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:
92,707 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace intake manifold gasket, etc. (1 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

Dec 312012

Taurus SES 3.0L Ohv

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,414 miles


It started with the Engine Light or Emission Control Light coming on. I took it to PEPBOYS. They told me to take it to the Dealership. The Dealership told me it was the Powertrain Control Module. They replaced the old software and put new in. I took it back to PEPBOYS because I knew there was a small leak again somewhere. I was told today it was the Intake Manifold Gasket along with many other things that needed to be done or cleaned, etc.., This is among a multitude of problems with this car. The large amount of problems started around March, 2010, with 68,915 miles on it. The Dealership where I bought this used car with 19,000 miles on it refused to fix it for me. They mentioned that I already put alot of money into it & I took it to other places to be fixed. I left frustrated and very sad. It's almost 2012 & I still have the vehicle. I've put out tons of money for repairs. Unbelieveable! Barbara Michigan

- , Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #1

May 012012

Taurus SES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

I really like the Taurus but I am having another problem now. The oil leak was bad enough, now I have another fluid leak, goodness.

- , Bowling Green, KY, US

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