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
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
38 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

Sep 122006


  • miles


Automatic headlights malfunction. Turn off unexpectedly while driving the vehicle. Nearly caused accident a few times brought vehicle back to dealer charged 50 dollars to repair within 2 weeks same thing happened again. Now turn headlights on manually. Could have been seriously injured on turnpike when they malfunctioned drive totally blind till light switch was turned on manually.

- East Petersburg, PA, USA

problem #1

Apr 012005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75 miles
The headlights are not providing adequate lighting while driving at night. This causes poor visibility, and obstruct the consumer's vision while driving. The vehicle was taken to two separate dealers, and on one separate occasion they replaced the headlight bulb, and realigned the headlights on two other occasions, but the problem was not resolved.

- Schuyler, VA, USA

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