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:
Average Mileage:
115,316 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. pay exorbitent price to have it replaced (1 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus exhaust system problems

exhaust system problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

May 012009

Taurus S 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles


The car stinks, i wish i had a different one. It has poor performance, the gas mileage is poor, and I have to drive 500 miles a week for my job.

- , Columbus, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 112007

(reported on)

Taurus SEL 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,633 miles

dealer wanted to replace all three cats. - they wanted 3000 Canadian dollars - took to alternate garage - they re-ran the diagnostic and only 1 cat needed replacing for $1,500 dollars - best part of the story? This part is on back order and isn't even manufactured in North American - at this time, we have not been told how long before the part arrives - there is one other person waiting for the same part and they have already waited three weeks - worst part of the story; more damage could result from driving the vehicle with this cat not working

- , H, O, Canada

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