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 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
67,091 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.

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2003 Ford Taurus suspension problems

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #2

Jun 212008


  • 66,000 miles


The passenger spring broke on my '03 Ford Taurus. I discovered this when I heard what I thought was a brake grinding. The brakes were fine, but the repairman noticed the damage. Luckily, I am having this repaired, before I got on the road for a 200 mile trip. The tire was being damaged and would have blown.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #1

Jul 022005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2003 Ford Taurus. The rear suspension collapsed while the consumer was driving approximately 25 mph. The piece that broke was taken to the dealership and she was told it was a defect from the beginning. The consumer's daughter was driving the vehicle and it was totaled. There was a police report filed. Her daughter has a cut behind her neck and a hematoma on her knee. She is still having probelms with her leg. The driver's side rear tire fell over.

- Carthage, MS, USA

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