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:
90,727 miles
Total Complaints:
11 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace spring (5 reports)
  2. replaced strut, spring and tire (5 reports)
  3. replaced strut, axle, and spring on other side (1 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus suspension problems

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #11

Feb 212016

Taurus SEL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 95,000 miles


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broken coil spring broken coil spring

It's a really awful time for me that I have to spend 600 more bucks for replacing the left-front string and tire. It's quite a big deal.

- , Ames, IA, USA

problem #10

Jan 192015

Taurus ES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Coil broke driver front, of course destroyed my new tire also! I can't believe there is not a recall on this! My mechanic has already did over 100 of them at his shop. Thank you Ford, I will never buy another product from you. Its a shame people have to die for you to do a recall.

- , Taylor, MI, USA

problem #9

Sep 032008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles

I have photos of the broken coil spring that punctured my left tire while my car was parked in my driveway over night. I sent the photos to Ford and they said it was not a recall item as not many accidents were caused by this problem. I sent letters and photos to Senator Schumer and the National Safety Transportation Board and they sent me the identical reply that Ford gave them to send to me. Senator Schumer said he would forward the letter to the proper department.

- , Frankfort, NY, USA

problem #8

Sep 152010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 82,000 miles


Was pulling into the road where I live and the rear tire blew out, what happened??? The spring broke and tore the tire to shreds, had to replace strut, spring and tire.

- , Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #7

Feb 012011


  • Automatic transmission
  • 93,000 miles

Front strut and spring and tire had to be replace. Had a flat tire when I went to go to work one morning, the spring just tore the tire to pieces.

- , Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

problem #6

May 182010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

I had the right front spring break on my car. I was luck, it did not puncture my tire. When I took my car in for repair I was told why it broke. They believed that it was do to a taped label that was on the spring. The tape was not sealed to the metal and water was able to get under it and caused the spring to rust out. They also advised me that mine was not the only Taurus they had see like that. Just an FYI to the owners out there.

- , Boonville, MO, USA

problem #5

Aug 052009

Taurus SE 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 77,500 miles


Driver's side coil spring broke while backing out of my driveway. The sway bar end link (plastic ) also broke and the coil spring ripped a large hole in the tire. Hopefully that's the extent of the damage. Thankfully, I wasn't out on the highway.

Having spent thousands in the last couple years on my Ford vehicles, I'm beginning to question my loyalty. The really bad thing is that it has all been because of parts that shouldn't go bad - they simply are defective but of course never Ford's fault. And then they wonder why the imports are kicking their rear.

- , Montgomery, PA, USA

problem #4

Mar 192009

Taurus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 139,000 miles

As people will find out, Ford had a major problem with Taurus coil springs failing. Mine went out while I was driving at 30mph, and I was barely able to keep the car on the road. I was about to enter the freeway - it it had happened there, I would have crashed! $1450 worth or repairs and Ford will not help me with this - my dealer said, and I quote: "The spring breaking isn't Ford's fault, it was made by another company." I'm looking to replace this lemon (because the rear springs could go out as well) Do you think I'll buy another Ford??????

- , Dundee, MI, USA

problem #3

Jan 282009

Taurus SES 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,500 miles

I Went out to take my daughter to school and noticed I Had A Flat Tire. I Tried adding Air But No Go, So I Got the spare out and Tried to change it and could not get the tire off it was stuck Here the dam coil spring broke and was stuck thorough the tire I had to replace the spring and all parts attached and a brand new tire that purchased a few months ago. Ford needs to do a recall on this Right away what if my Daughter And I If the had been moving, it could have flipped hurting or Killing us or someone else Ford Wants $400.00 dollars to fix This Car only Has A little Over 47,000 miles on it, I've Had it With Fords 3rd Ford Car 4th Problem All with Low Miles Just out side Warranty Range. But When My Children's safety come in to Play Sorry Chevy Here I Come.......

- , Celina, OH, USA

problem #2

Dec 262008

Taurus SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 85,000 miles

had to replace the spring and all parts attached and a brand new tire that purchased a few months ago. Ford needs to do a recall. If the vehicle had been moving, it could have flipped hurting someone. Everyone is suggesting I replace all four springs, but at $400 a piece, I have to choose whether to take a chance or not.

- , Somerset, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 302008

Taurus 3.O V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 144,000 miles

ford recall 1999-2001 Taurus to fix this problem they must not of fixed it on newer models

- , Albany, OH, USA

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