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...


fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,000 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.

2003 Ford Taurus suspension problems

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 112010


  • miles


The front driver side spring coil broke causing a large gash in the tire and instant deflation. Had been parked in the driveway and shifted into reverse. Pressed the gas pedal and the tire seemed to explode with a loud sound and debris. I understand that earlier models of the Ford Taurus have been recalled (breaking coil springs recall no. 04V332000) and fixed but the recall has not been extended to newer models. The problem still exists, the danger still exists and the cost to fix the problem still exists.

- Barrie, 00, USA

problem #1

Aug 172005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Dt the ball joints became defective on the front end of the vehicle at about 40,000 miles had them replaced August 17, 2005. Took vehicle to a local mechanic to do the work and have seen other vehicles with this same problem. Contacted Ford, and filed complaint. There were no recalls S at this time.

- Minonk, IL, USA

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