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:
No data
Average Mileage:
73,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 222011

Taurus SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,000 miles


Brought my car in for a regular oil change and "chirping" under the hood. They changed the oil and my serpetine belt. Chirping noise was still there, but now the oil light would flicker at long stops. Checked oil. It still does this. Mechanic said that can happen. ??? brought it in for this and the chirping noise. They changed the cam sensor and synchronizer housing and oil pressure sender. Still have oil light flickering. Chirping is "fixed". Then recently (end of Sept) my engine was making weird noise--IT WAS OUT OF OIL!!! No oil where I park my car. What is going on with the oil?

- , Mpls, MN, USA

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