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...


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
56,632 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Jul 222012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated up to 70 mph. The contact mentioned that after he was able to stop the vehicle, he realized that the cruise control cable became detached. He was able to correct that problem with electrical tape. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not offer any assistance. The manufacturer referred the contact to NHTSA. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileages were 84,000. Updated 08/28/12

- Hodgenville , KY, USA

problem #2

Nov 272005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles
I was going to work the Monday after thanksgiving 2005, I stopped at a light and then proceeded to go, went to push the gas pedal to speed up, and it revved, and I coasted in a parking lot.

- Howard City, MI, USA

problem #1

Nov 182003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 895 miles
Intermittently driving at any speed, the cruise control would disengage with out warning. The cruise control would have to be reset in order for it to be engaged again. The vehicle has been examined by the dealer, who could not duplicate the problem. Checked vehicle with a Ford engineer, but cruise control won't disengage. It has to be set at 55 to 65 mph to disengage.

- Maywood, NJ, USA

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