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...


hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
69,763 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 windows / windshield problems

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2003 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #12

Dec 222006


  • 60,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. On several occasions, after it had been raining, a puddle of water was found on the passenger side floor. After entering the vehicle and attempting to defrost the windshield, the vehicle blew out cold air. The vehicle was taken to a dealer and they stated that the blower motor failed due to the interior of the vehicle leaking under the dashboard when it rained. The current mileage was 74,500 and failure mileage was 60,000.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #11

Sep 272008


  • 66,222 miles
Noticed pool of water on passenger side floor. At same time tried to run defroster and the fan would not turn on at all. Checked all fuses which were good. Mechanic assessed that the blower motor was not working. Contacted Ford dealer, was told that this is a known problem with this car and could be fixed at my expense. They would need to replace the cowl, seal the leak and replace the motor. This is not just an inconvenience, but a safety issue. Visibility is affected with no way to defrost the windows.

- Oxford, MA, USA

problem #10

Jun 012008


  • 86,000 miles
After a strong rain, a leaky cowl in my 2003 Taurus let water into my blower motor and shorted it out. The fan only worked on high. I had it fixed once, and then after another storm it immediately shorted out again. Then, in the last week (9/1/92008), it stopped working all together, even on high. Ford has issued a related recall for a leaky windshield (03V087000), but will not fix this issue, even though it is a known problem. When I went in to talk with Ford, they were aware of the problem, but said since it was not yet recalled, they would not fix it for free. I have not as of yet had this replaced again.

- Minneapolis, MN, USA

problem #9

Aug 152008


  • 30,000 miles


Poor vehicle design allowed water to leak into HVAC system causing damage to blower resistor and blower motor. Now unable to defrost / defog front windshield.

- Edmond, OK, USA

problem #8

Aug 242008


  • 100,000 miles
Passenger side floor full of water after it rains, air only blow on high until it recently went completely out. Worse this time radio and wiper blades were affected. A recall is needed to fix this problem.

- Albany, GA, USA

problem #7

Aug 012008


  • 38,175 miles
Blower motor did not work on car. Dealer said blower motor shorted because of a leak in the cowl. Same thing happened two weeks earlier and was repaired.

- Pella, IA, USA

problem #6

Jul 152008


  • 85,000 miles


Notice about 2 weeks ago that our blower motor was not working at all times. It has progressively gotten worse and now does not work at all. We cannot heat or cool the vehicle or defrost the windshield or side windows. I know the temp control is working because when I turn the ac on there is a faint feeling of cold when I hold my hand on the vents. I actually work for a Ford dealer and was told that yes it is a known defect where water leaks in and shorts out the fan module. The dealer told me they would install a new fan and shield so it does not happen again but it would be at my own expense. Ford has issued a technical service bulletin according to our advisors but not a recall as they don't feel it is a safety issue. How can this not be a safety concern if you can't clear your windows?

- Green Bay, WI, USA

problem #5

Jan 152007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact noticed water leaking onto the passenger side floorboard. More water was noticed when it rained or when the vehicle was wet. The failure caused two resistors to blow out, including the blower motor. A mechanic inspected the vehicle, but could not diagnose the cause of the failure. The dealer has not yet been notified. The current mileage is 62,000 and failure mileage was 48,000. Updated 06/25/08.

- Grants Pass, OR, USA

problem #4

Apr 152008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 84,000 miles
2003 Ford Taurus. Blower motor failure due to rain leaking through cabin filter into blower motor. Visibility impaired when windshield then fogged. Water found on passenger floor. Blower and resistor found corroded. Dealer replaced motor, resistor, weatherstrip and defective cowl panel/rain hat. Labor + parts $412. Tsb 03-15-06.

- Ham Lake, MN, USA

problem #3

Nov 232007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
1. heavily raining on an hour trip from home. 2. blower motor for heater stopped working making it unable to see road, traffic, etc and making it freezing in car. Was almost in accident since unable to see. 3. contacted Ford Motor Co to check recalls. Unable to locate however if you google the problem it appears that there is a defect in the making of this vehicle resulting in damage to the blower motor and sensor. Ford is aware of the problem and has a fix for it however you must pay for the entire cost. Please see the following technical service bulletin tsb 04-15-3. please also see the following sites for several other complaints:

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #2

Nov 302007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,500 miles
The contact own a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the heater would not blow. The dealer stated that water inside the blower motor caused the failure. They replaced the blower motor and resistor. The current and failure mileages were 44,500.

- York Town , IN, USA

problem #1

May 292006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that when it rains, water drips from the passengers side of the dashboard into the vehicle, causing interior damage. The air conditioner fails due to the water damage and the blower had to be replaced by the dealer. The powertrain was unknown. The current mileage is 37,000 and failure mileage was 35,000. Returned usps, made 2nd attempt 07/03/07, attempt failed.

- Oklahoma City , OK, USA

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