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

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

May 132011


  • 133,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that after having the vehicle inspected, the contact was advised that both rear coil springs were fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised that that there were no related recalls on the vehicle. The failure and current mileage was approximately 133,000.

- Bretz, WV, USA

problem #21

Apr 222011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles
2003 Taurus S/w left front and right rear coil springs broken at 103,000 miles. Found under routine inspection. No tire damage, no crash fortunately.

- Clinton Township, MI, USA

problem #20

Dec 252010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 146,177 miles
About 4 months ago as I was backing my car out of the garage, the front left coil spring broke which prevented me from driving the vehicle. I had to replace both of the front struts and coil springs which cost me several hundred dollars. Today, as I was backing out of my garage once again, the left rear coil spring broke. Again, I will need to spend several hundred dollars, this time to replace the rear struts and coil springs in order to assure my vehicle is safe to drive. My vehicle is only used to drive a few miles every day on smooth, paved roads so there should be no reason why I am having to replace these parts due to their breaking. I feel fortunate that the parts broke as I was exiting my garage, and not driving down the road at 50 mph. I believe this ongoing issue is a safety concern and should be addressed. I hope some type of financial compensation can be agreed upon to cover the costs associated with this ongoing safety issue.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #19

Jul 152010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 49,503 miles


Rear springs were found broken when having the oil changed. Broken spring could puncture rear tires, causing loss of control of vehicle. Had to replace broken rear springs, old parts are available.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #18

Jul 152010


  • 79,000 miles
Both rear springs on vehicle broke and caused springs to slip off of lower spring perch. Sharp broken end of left rear spring came within 0.25 inches of contacting tire. Sharp end of spring came very close to puncturing tire. No particular event caused this failure. Don't know exactly when it happened. I just noticed the rear end of the car was sitting lower than usual. Car still drove fine. Took car to local Ford dealer. They replaced both rear springs and struts at my cost of approximately $700. Old parts kept by Ford dealer.

- Urbana, IL, USA

problem #17

Mar 012010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
2003 Ford Taurus front and back coil springs broke and the front punctured the tires which also had to be replaced. The front suspension coil problems happened on March 1, 2010 costing $1149.01 which included the two new tires we had to buy that got punctured by the coils. The back suspension problems happened on May 10, 2010 costing $142.75. I have read many times that this is a problem and feel that Ford should be held responsible for the costs of these repairs and it should be recalled.

- Mason, OH, USA

problem #16

Jun 282010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 75,367 miles


Front and rear springs on 2003 Ford Taurus fractured. The front spring fractured while sitting in the driveway and wrapped itself around the brake lines and hit the tire. Had this happened while driving, the result would have been a catastrophic accident caused by total loss of control and braking. Both rear springs fractured on an unknown date but fractured at the bottom without total failure.

- Livonia, MI, USA

problem #15

Feb 052010


  • miles
Spring fracture 2003 Ford Taurus

- Fall River, MA, USA

problem #14

Jan 162010


  • 78,000 miles
I heard a rubbing noise in the rear of the car thinking it was my brakes, when checking the brakes which was not the problem. I discovered that the noise was coming from the left rear coil spring which broke. Thanks goodness that I seen this problem and the spring did not puncture the tire it is about a 1/4 of an inch from puncturing the tire. The car has a 78,000 miles on it 2003 Ford Taurus.

- Whippany, NJ, USA

problem #13

Sep 302009


  • 59,000 miles
2003 Ford Taurus has had 3 coil spring failures in the last 2 months, resulting in 2 tire punctures. No accidents, no injuries. This vehicle is driven daily by a 71 year old man.

- Rossville, IN, USA

problem #12

May 282009


  • 76,200 miles


The rear spring on our 2003 Ford Taurus broke overnight. As we tried to drive it in the morning we heard a grinding noise coming out of the wheel well and pulled the car into the driveway. We removed the tire and discovered the spring had snapped and the jagged tip was grooving the inside sidewall of the tire. Had this happened on the highway, it would surely have blown the tire. Replacing both rear springs cost $590.07, and replacing the tire under a road hazard warranty cost another $86.78. The car has only 76,200 miles on it. In researching the problem on the internet we discovered this is a very common problem with front and rear springs on the Ford Taurus, all the way up through the 2004 models. For recent complaints, see: does it take someone to die before something is done about this" these spring breaks often destroy the tires. My Ford mechanic tells me they see these failures quite often, and admitted Ford has a problem with their springs. Why is NHTSA allowing this to continue" it would be a simple matter to ask all Ford service departments how may of these failures they have seen. The website I gave you above should give you a sense of how bad this problem has become.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #11

May 132009


  • 75,300 miles
2003 Ford Taurus - rear spring broke and slashed tire. Vehicle was sitting still when this happened but if moving could have caused a serious accident. Had to replace rear struts and springs and new tire. $582.

- Noblesville, IN, USA

problem #10

Feb 272009


  • 129,000 miles
No events, the rear coil spring on my 2003 Taurus 4 door sedan simply broke. I hear from the Ford dealer mechanics and the tire store people that broken coil springs on a Taurus and Sable are as common as flat tires.

- Washington Court House, OH, USA

problem #9

Feb 102009


  • 35,896 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. While backing out of the driveway, the contact heard a grinding sound coming from the rear of the vehicle. He drove to a local repair shop and the mechanic stated that the rear driver's side coil spring was cracked and puncturing the rear driver's side tire. The vehicle was not repaired and the dealer and manufacturer were not notified. The current and failure mileages were 35,896.

- Newton, NJ, USA

problem #8

Dec 142008


  • 35,000 miles
Rear passenger coil spring broke and destroyed the tire while driving 15 mph. Will not know what additional damage was done until I talk to my mechanic.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #7

Oct 272008


  • 48,500 miles
Recently purchased a 2003 Ford Taurus sedan SE with 45,000 miles on it. I have put very few miles on it myself (about 3,000). Today I discovered that the rear coil springs are both broken. I had a flat tire in the left rear and found that the coil spring has broken and cut the tire. The right coil spring must have been broken previously but did not cause any tire damage (that I know of). Luckily the flat happened as I was exiting on an offramp from the highway. The coil springs will have to be replaced today to avoid continued problems (total cost $840 including new tire).

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #6

Aug 182008


  • 70,000 miles
Both rear springs broken on a 2003 Taurus.

- Almont, MI, USA

problem #5

Aug 072008


  • miles
I have a 2003 Ford Taurus and on 8-7-08 I was backing out of my mother's driveway and heard a loud pop. After inspecting everything under the car, I found the rear coil spring broken and sticking into my left rear tire. I had to purchase a left rear coil spring for $98 and I haven't received the repair bill yet.

- Speedwell, VA, USA

problem #4

Aug 012008


  • 60,066 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. While proceeding through a stop sign at an unknown speed, the contact heard a snapping sound. He continued home and noticed that the rear driver's side quarter panel was lower than the passenger side. The dealer stated that the rear coil spring caused the failure. The manufacturer stated that there were no recalls on his vehicle related to this failure. The failure and current mileages were 60,066.

- Dowagiac, MI, USA

problem #3

May 162008


  • 72,000 miles
Heard a clunking in the rear of the vehicle. Found that the right rear spring had broken.

- Winona, MN, USA

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