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...


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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
87,991 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus engine problems

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #5

Nov 292011

Taurus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


I've really about had it with Ford, NO I have had it with Ford! I will NEVER buy one again and I used to love Ford being as my grandpa retired from Ford a while ago. I've replaced my transmission only 4 months of having it (did make a complaint about that on here and to Ford, they said its not worth putting a recall out for it), I've replaced two wheel bearings, my cabin air filter leaks when it rains so comes into my dash and onto my floor board, my heat shield over my cat converter wont stay on, and now to top it all off....

My car cannot go into passing gear! If you try and make the car go up to about 3000 rpms it bucks really bad and honestly feels likes its going to shut off while I'm passing someone. Its super dangerous if you are passing someone because if it wont go then you may have a head on collusion while on coming traffic... Nice... NOT! The vehicle isn't getting enough gas to push it over that certain rpm so therefore it will not go. Damn it Ford take care of your customers and maybe you wont lose so many. I will never in my life buy a ford again! I resent this car. I cant have it fixed now because I'm still paying on my transmission fix, this is going to be another $400 some.

- , Addison, MI, USA

problem #4

Jun 012009

Taurus 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,000 miles

My ford is missing under hard acceleration between 3,000 and 4,000 rpm. The battery went out shortly after it started, replaced with new one and seemed to help for a couple of weeks, but came back. Have also replaced the alternator.

- , Radium Springs, NM, USA

problem #3

Jan 022010

Taurus 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,000 miles

the vehicle sputters at about 4500 rpm- it is okay if you gradually get into it but if you really get into it it sputters

- , Bowie, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 012007

(reported on)

Taurus 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,801 miles

my ford taurus is sputtering all the time. it used to do it at high speeds only (75-80) or when you pressed the accelerator really hard (e. g. when passing or getting on the interstate). now its doing it during normal speeds, anywhere from 35-65 can make it sputter... its not predictable. i've been told that its a vacuum problem or possible the maf sensor... any ideas?

- , Richmond, VA, US

problem #1

Apr 172007

(reported on)

Taurus SES 3.0

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72,153 miles

My 2003 Ford Taurus SES is just sputtering around and all. Can't get any acceleration only can do 20-30 mph. Had ignition coil, tune-up and sensor changed. Went to Pep boys and they said take it to Ford. I can't afford any more money on this car. Money I don't have in the first place.

- , Tampa, FL, US

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