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...


really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
No data
Average Mileage:
110,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace throttle body (1 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #1

Apr 062009

Taurus SES 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles


Seen in the news today 10/26/2012 Feds investigating Ford Taurus gas pedal stuck caused by throttle cable and this is not true. Had a 2003 Ford Taurus and throttle gas pedal would stick at 4000 rpms over 70 mph but didn't panic just put car in neutral. Brought it to two Ford dealers they had no clue how to fix it. Took car back checked internet for similar issues and took a shot that it was the throttle body, changed it myself which corrected problem. Don't think it is cable issue throttle body hinge gets stuck. Ford is just blowing smoke they know the issue they do not want to take responsibility and pay to fix it (lawsuits etc). Dealers had never heard of this issue when I bought it in sounds like there has been enough complaints if the Feds are looking into it.

- , Jackson, NJ, USA

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