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:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
500 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 wheels / hubs problems

wheels / hubs problem

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #2

May 212011


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2003 Ford Taurus, unit 1 was eastbound on the Ohio turnpike when the tread came off of the left rear tire and damaged the left side of the vehicle. (Ohio traffic crash report # 10-0208-89)

- Vermilion, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 122004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
(1-3) vehicle delivered with one tire at 40#, others varied 20-30 #. they continue to lose air pressure, ie 3-5 pounds/ month. No accidents but am concerned. Talked with both Ford selling dealer and Michelin tire dealer. Were rotated at 6000 mi. Repair (nail) of left front tire at about 2000 mi by Michelin dealer. Tires: Michelin P215/60hr 16, touring contact as. Vehicle 2003 Ford Taurus station wagon new 10/ 2003.

- Midlothian, VA, USA

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