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:
35,100 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

Mar 162010


  • 66,000 miles


TL * the contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. While driving at speeds of 30 mph, the vehicle made an unusually loud noise. The weather was not a factor. Upon further investigation, the contact found the front coil spring had fractured and punctured the tire. The stabilizer bar was also fractured. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileages were 66,000.

- Nenacooin, PA, USA

problem #1

Jul 062003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,200 miles
Bolt on stabilizer to right rear tire dislodged, no nut, allowing bolt to loosen and wheel to dislocate to almost completely off car while driving down the road.

- Mt. Vernon, OH, USA

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