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...


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,774 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

Feb 122008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,348 miles


I purchased the car on 2/11/08 and then took it back to the dealer the next day because the door panel broke off and the car was idling high when I drive it. They knocked $1,000 off of the sales price and took off the Ford warranty for this exchange and they wrote out another sales contract. A month later, the starter went out and I paid $200 to fix it (out of my pocket). Then, on 4/7/08 when I was on my way to work, the car broke down again and I called raceway Ford. The car dealer whom sold me the car told me that he don't know if they can help me and if they did fix it, he said he wouldn't know when it'll be ready because he's not a mechanic (in a very sarcastic tone). He told me to just call back when the manager arrive at 3 P.M. today. I had to get my car repaired the same day so I took my car to general automotive shop in moreno valley and paid $688 (out of my pocket) to get it repaired. After my car was repaired, on 4/7/08, I went to raceway Ford and waited 15 minutes to talk to the sales manager, even though he was in his office, only 20ft away from where I was waiting, he sent his assistant manager to come out to talk to me because the assistant manager said the manager was too busy to handle the situation at this time. So, I explained all the problems I?ve had with the vehicle, which I purchased from them. The assistant manager made copies of my repair bills and told me that he promise he'll try to help me as best as he can and he'll call me back tomorrow (on 04/08/08). Today is 4/10/08 and I haven?T heard from the manager or the assistant manager in regards to this dilemma. Neither one of them has tried to contact me. I strongly believe that if they would have did a diagnostic on the vehicle before they sold it to me, this problem wouldn't even exist.

- Moreno Valley, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 012007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,200 miles
Engine continually cuts out, stalls, fails to accelerate, etc. I was told this was due to the cam sensor assembly which Ford admits is faulty...and yet I am having to pay over $500 in order to fix this!!

- Powhatan, VA, USA

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