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:
44,161 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 #5

May 042005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,806 miles


I own a 2003 Ford Taurus. Since 5/04/05 I have had a water leak on the passenger side floor. During a heavy rain storm the water drips in from under the right side of the dash. Many times it has created large puddles. The vehicle at the time was in the shop for its 30,000 mile check. The dealer was told but the problem was never fixed. After reading forums about this problem I am concerned this will cause other system failures, blower shorting out. Ect...please help me find a solution. Thank you

- Danielsville, PA, USA

problem #4

Apr 242007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
Water leak causing blower motor and resistor to fail on 2003 Ford Taurus.

- Caledonia, MS, USA

problem #3

Jan 012007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
Car was sitting outside for a week while on vacation (not being driven). Upon arriving home, started the car but the blower would not run. Troubleshot it down to the blower motor. Upon removal of the blower motor, I found 2 cups of water, along with some ice chunks in the blower motor. I replaced the blower resistor and the blower motor, now it works. There is an obvious problem with the way moisture can not only get in, but then drain down to and collect in the blower motor, causing it to short out.

- Watertown, WI, USA

problem #2

Oct 102005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
Began noticing vibration in steering wheel of 2003 Ford Taurus LX. Took car to original Ford dealer 3-4 times and the tires were balanced, but the vibration persisted. On the last visit to this dealer, I was told that I needed new tires. Spent $400 on new tires at an independent tire dealer, but the vibration is still there. Went to different Ford dealer and they told me that the new tires were "out of round". they balanced and rotated tires, but the vibration still persists.

- Lagrange, KY, USA

problem #1

Dec 232005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
2003 Ford Taurus has a design flaw that cause water to get in to dash board area on passenger side. My fan blower motor stopped working, when I removed the motor there was water in the motor and the floor was wet. We had noticed water on the floor several times since we bought the car.

- Winsted, CT, USA

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