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...


pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
90,449 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. add a transmission vent (1 reports)
  2. replace the transmission rubber pan seal (1 reports)
2003 Ford Taurus transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

Oct 282011

Taurus SES 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 97,898 miles


It started leaking oil on my drive way really bad. I went to MIDAS to fix it for $130.

- , Orlando, FL, US

problem #1

Oct 042010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 83,000 miles

The transmission leaked whenever the car was cold and was moved just a few feet like backing it out of the garage or just pulling it into the garage after it was cold and set on the driveway for hours.

It would leak a spot about 12" diameter.

I had it fixed at a non-Ford shop. I had to have take it back 4 times. They finally called Ford and Ford told them to add a transmission vent to take the pressure off of the transmission.

So far after the $245 fix plus a new transmission gasket ($200 installed) it has not leaked.

- , Overland Park, KS, USA

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