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:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
94,565 miles

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #51

May 092013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 148,145 miles


Backing out of driveway heard loud noise like something hitting metal and a pop. Upon removing tire noticed jagged edge of coil sticking down and broken piece laying on ground. Also large gash on inside of tire wall.

- Prairie City, IA, USA

problem #50

Apr 202013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 88,823 miles
While driving the car noticed a clunking feeling in front end. After approx one mile saw smoke and smelled burning rubber. Turned around to get car home, and while sitting at stop light, front driver side tire exploded like a gun shot. Car was towed to Ford dealership and found "front left coil spring broke causing it to rub on tire causing burning rubber smell, smoke and tire to blow out". repair bill is approx $925. Owner is 83 year old woman, and this is a very costly expense. Recall 04V332000 does not extend to this VIN although it is clearly the same issue.

- Rockford, IL, USA

problem #49

Feb 092013


  • 128,847 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while reversing at approximately 3 mph, she heard a loud grinding noise and smoke emitted from the wheel well. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was diagnosed that both front struts and the front axle needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The approximate failure mileage and current mileage was 128,847.

- Spring Lake , MI, USA

problem #48

Feb 112013


  • 120,000 miles


The front driver's side coil broke. When it broke, it ruined my tire.

- Clayton, NY, USA

problem #47

Jan 312013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
Front coil spring broke and punctured tire. Front of car dropped. Very difficult to control and pull to side. I thought Ford had fixed this problem as the previous recall was for earlier years.

- Hubbard, OH, USA

problem #46

Jan 252013


  • 98,000 miles
Just pulled out of my driveway, when car felt weird driving. Got out and noticed it was a flat tire in the front drivers side. Looked closer and realized my whole spring broke falling down the shaft and sliced my tire open. I now have to get it towed and fixed, I got to school and work full time and need a car. I did some research and there was a recall for the exact same problem on 98-01 Taurus. Im going to pursue filing a complaint with Ford to get a recall on models after 01 as well. This could have been very dangerous if it happened on the highway.

- Grand Rapids, MI, USA

problem #45

Jan 162013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 112,500 miles


My son proceeded to back out of driveway and the strut coil spring broke puncturing the tire.

- Princeton, MN, USA

problem #44

Dec 272012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 119,000 miles
Drove car out of my driveway at low speed (less than 5 mph) when driver side front coil spring of my 2003 Ford Taurus broke and made approx. 8 inch tear in the tire. Tire deflated instantly, could have been a very dangerous situation if it happened on the highway.

- Oak Ridge, NJ, USA

problem #43

Jan 012013


  • 152,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while reversing, the front driver side strut coil spring failed and punctured the tire. The spare tire was installed and the vehicle was taken to a mechanic where the strut and coil spring was replaced. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 152,000. The VIN was not available.

- Beaver, WV, USA

problem #42

Dec 302012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
Front drivers side spring broke & punctured tire. I am a single mother of three boys (9,5 & 6months) and had drove home on the highway going 65mph with all my boys in the car. I parked my car at home & went out later to retrieve some paperwork from my vehicle only to find out I had a flat tire. When the tire was removed to see what was wrong with it & hopefully just having the tire repaired, that is when we noticed that the spring had broke while the car was parked & punctured the tire. As you can imagine I was in shock, but was thankful that it had not happened while driving on the highway at 65mph shredding my tire & possibly causing a fatal accident. I have since researched on the internet only to find out that this has been an ongoing problem with a number of complaints that has been investigated and has still had no recall ! is it a matter of a certain number of deaths to occur before something is done ? it is a blessing that this has not happened yet & you would think that Ford would want to keep in mind the safety of the people who buy their cars, by having a recall on the defective springs before someone is killed. There is no warning when this happens & I feel that it is unacceptable for Ford to play with the lives of the people who buy their vehicles. I can tell you that this is a great financial set back for me & my 3 children & will think twice before ever buying a Ford vehicle again knowing that the outcome could have been unforgivable. You can replace a defective part, but you cannot replace a life......!

- Lapeer, MI, USA

problem #41

Jan 052011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


On January 5, 2011 my eldest daughter was driving our car in a residential area near our home. As she drove over a manhole she heard a noise and the bottom of the car scrape the pavement. She stopped to inspect, but not noticing anything unusual she continued on. A mile later she got a flat tire on the front left side. After calling for help she pulled into a parking lot. I helped change the tire, but I noticed that the car was riding low. When I went to get a new tire I was told that there was a greater problem. A broken spring! that is what had punctured the tire. The next day(s) we got the front end repaired and a new tire mounted. I understand that there was a recall of this problem on earlier Taurus models. Apparently the problem still exists for 2003 models! although you have closed your investigation (EA0818) please add this complaint to your file.

- Maple Grove, MN, USA

problem #40

Mar 232012


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle was parked when he heard a loud popping noise. The contact examined the vehicle and noticed that the front driver's tire was flat because a fractured coil spring pierced through the sidewall. The contact replaced the coil spring and noticed that the front passenger side coil spring was also fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 150,000.

- Mount Sterling, KY, USA

problem #39

Apr 182011


  • 150,000 miles
From a parked position in my driveway put the car in reverse. Heard a loud hiss and left side of vehicle dropped down. Upon further investigation found coil spring had failed and cut sidewall of tire. If this had happened at highway speed results could have been disastrous have had this happen on 2 Ford vehicles why hasn't Ford issued a recall for this issue very unsafe.

- Concord,On, NY, USA

problem #38

Mar 082012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 87,000 miles
When driving down a public road the front driver spring broke before I could safely stop this in turn cut the tire, this is a long standing problem with Ford Taurus, prior recalls, yet not corrected in latter model years this could have resulted in a fatal accident at higher speeds.

- Elmira, NY, USA

problem #37

Mar 022012


  • 112,000 miles
Brought my car in for an oil change and the mechanic informed me that both of my rear coil springs are broken. Not sure when this happened but notice a couple of weeks earlier that the back end of the car was sagging.

- Roselle, IL, USA

problem #36

Feb 202012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
Car sitting in driveway and we noticed a flat tire. Upon further inspection the drivers side coil spring broke and was stuck in the tire.

- Kentwood, MI, USA

problem #35

Jan 282012


  • 78,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving 10 mph in reverse, the front drivers side coil spring broke and damaged the tire. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where they diagnosed the failure and stated that was a common problem with the coil springs. The vehicle was repaired at the owners expense. The failure and current mileage was 78,000.

- Sumico , WI, USA

problem #34

Aug 122011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Car began making noise while driving. Local garage found broken rear spring and replaced both rear struts and rear springs.

- Tomahawk, WI, USA

problem #33

Feb 042012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Front spring broke while in garage, puncturing front tire.local garage replaced both front struts, springs, and tire {1]. contacted local dealer to inquire about recall or warranty.they where not helpful.

- Tomahawk, WI, USA

problem #32

Jan 262012


  • 109,800 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving approximately 5 mph in reverse out of his driveway he heard a loud banging noise. After inspecting his vehicle he noticed that the front drivers side coil springs fractured and punctured the tire. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who advised him that the shocks, struts, the stabilizer links for the front driver and passenger side had all been damaged as well and needed to be replaced. The coils springs were repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure and current mileage was approximately 109,800.

- Quincy, MA, USA

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