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...


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
102,500 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (1 reports)
  2. replace completely (1 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus fuel system problems

fuel system problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 012016

Taurus SES 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,000 miles


I just fixed the car and then the car is linking fuel from the gas tank. The Taurus has been one BIG lemon.

Update from Dec 8, 2016: The fuel pump was fixed, since it was leaking. It cost me $436.12. The mechanic extended me credit to ensure I would not die in one BIG fire ball.

- , Morgan Mill, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 112015

Taurus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles

I had a gas smell for a long time. No visible leak. Took to a local mechanic and he found the problem. What aggravates me is Ford says because I didn't take it to a dealership they won't help me with the costs. They put a crappy plastic part in one over their vehicles and won't help out unless the dealership does the work. The dealership here told me they couldn't tell me how much it would cost to find the leak and to put it on a machine it would be a minimum of $110.00 and would probably go up from there, but they couldn't tell me how high. I even offered to send them the cracked parts. No more Fords for me.

- , Los Lunas, NM, USA

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