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 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
133,316 miles

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Sep 012011


  • miles


2003 Ford Taurus. Consumer writes in regards to a road hazard concerning plastic lens the consumer stated the plastic headlight lenses turn yellow, not allowing light to be radiated through them.

- Bristol, VA, USA

problem #5

Jul 022011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 113,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus ses. The contact stated that while driving at low speeds, the vehicle would no longer accelerate. After trying to restart it to no avail, it was undrivable and had to be towed. The vehicle has not been inspected nor repaired. The dealer was contacted and they advised him that the trans axle had possibly failed and needed to be replaced. The failure and current mileages were approximately 113,000. Updated 08/05/11 the consumer also stated head light lenses turned yellow, not allowing much light to radiate out of them and it was very difficult to drive at night. Updated 09/14/11. Updated 01/30/12.

- Bristol, VA, USA

problem #4

Feb 262011


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving 20 mph, the exterior lights and the instrument panel lights failed simutaneously. The light would remain off for approximatley five to ten seconds before re-illuminating. Neither the dealer nor the manufacturer were contacted to report the failure. The failure mileage was 55,000.

- Emmaus, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 222009

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the plastic headlight was turning yellow abnormally and causing the lights to illuminate extremely faint. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer but the vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that he would have to utilize the high beam lights for adequate illumination of the roadway at night. The failure mileage was 85,000 and the current mileage is 110,000 updated 3/14/11 updated 04/28/11

- Bristol, VA, USA

problem #2

Aug 202008


  • 105,000 miles
Dash lights won't work except for hazard lights which stay on at all times when light switch activated. All other interior and exterior lights work. Started during cold months but would resolve when car warmed up. Now the lights are totally out. This is a safety hazard since I cannot see the gauges as I am driving to and from work in the dark. It seems to be a crossed wire or circuit board malfunction. Tried to explain problem to local dealership, had appointment and then they wanted it to sit there for 3 days while technician who started the work was off!! it will be going to a new dealership on Monday!

- Moon Township, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 192008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 116,349 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. After the vehicle was turned off, the contact noticed that the brake lights remained illuminated, which caused the battery to discharge. The dealer stated that her VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign id number 04V106000 (exterior lighting:brake lights:switch); therefore, the contact would be liable for the repair costs. She is in the process of having the vehicle repaired. The failure and current mileages were 116,349. Update 09/10/08 updated 09/15/08

- Columbus, OH, USA

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