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:
40,000 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

Feb 052008

Taurus 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


I have a loud screech from coming from the belt area on the engine. I replaced the drive belt. It did not solve the problem. I replaced the tensioner and idler pullys. It did not solve the problem. It is not the engine, as there is no noise with the belt removed and the engine running ( I only ran it for a few seconds), I do not think it is the air conditioner bearing because the noise does not change with the compressor running or stopped. With the engine off and the belt off, the water pump is not leaking nor does the bearing feel bad, the same with the alternator and the power steering pump. I have an engine stethoscope and it does not find the problem. I am thinking about trying a rubber hose? where do I go from here. Wait for it to break?

- , Arlinton, VA, USA

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