really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
6 / 1
Average Mileage:
93,160 miles

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2004 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 8 of 8)

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problem #10

Aug 092010


  • 97,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that when traveling with the cruise control set at various speeds, the vehicle would independently accelerate intermittently. The vehicle was neither diagnosed for the failure nor repaired. The current and failure mileage was 97,000.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #9

Jun 112010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
Accelerator revved without foot on gas pedal. I was coming to a stop, removed foot from gas, stepped on brake when engine start revving. At first I though brakes were failing because it wasn't slowing down as quickly as usual. Had to put car in neutral and turn off. It happened years ago, before the Toyota problem. Thought it was an isolated incident until it now happened 2 times in 2 weeks. Only happens when stopping/parking. No sudden acceleration while in motion. Also happened to my wife. Floor mat issue or hitting accelerator instead of brake is not the case.

- Burlington, NJ, USA

problem #8

May 312010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 54,000 miles
My 2004 Taurus was in an accident-while checking the Ford website and reading previous recalls on the Taurus model 2 or 3 recalls sounded very similar to the problem-brakes failed, there was a fire. Ford's web site lists' 2/1/2008 & 6/26/2008 (later date more detailed) as the reseason for the recall being safety "speed control deactivation system...fire" could this be what happenned to my car?

- Horsham, PA, USA

problem #7

Jan 102010


  • 70,000 miles


My 2004 Ford Taurus engine pedal not work well, no response when I push it till I push it hard enough, it will work. It is like this situation for 1`2 years. It is ok before.

- Fishers, IN, USA

problem #6

Sep 232009


  • 75,000 miles
Gas pedal jammed in 2004 Ford Taurus.

- Wellesley, MA, USA

problem #5

Oct 152009


  • 65,203 miles
When turning into a bank parking lot and while putting the car into park the car surged forward jumped a curb and struck the bank building. Engine continued to rev until the ignition was turned off.

- Moorefield, WV, USA

problem #4

Nov 072008


  • 50,098 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. While driving 65 mph, the cruise control failed to activate after several attempts and caused the speed to decrease. After approximately ten minutes of driving, the cruise control switch activated on its own. The cruise control indicator was not illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact exited off of the highway, but she could not deactivate the cruise control. She had to place the vehicle into neutral in order to completely stop the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that the cruise control cable failed. The cost to repair the vehicle was $404. No repairs have yet been made and the vehicle is still being driven. The contact is in the process of notifying the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 50,098 and current mileage was 60,200.

- Braintree, MA, USA

problem #3

Dec 022004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,550 miles
Vehicle suddenly accelerated, causing it to go out of control and a striking a building. The consumer stated that he was parking the vehicle with his foot on the brake when it accelerated. The vehicle jumped a concrete retainer and left tire marks on the ground. The vehicle crashed through a glass window of a video store and left tire marks on the carpet. The consumer put the vehicle in park and it came to a stop. The service dealer did not know the cause therefore did not know what to fix. The consumer was told that the vehicle showed signs of an electrical problem. The consumer was told that the RPM's where higher than they should be.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Sep 042004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
Car surges on cold starts, and at times just idle (cold or hot).

- Maceo, KY, USA

problem #1

Jun 042004

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
I purchased a new 2004 Taurus wagon with ABS and optional traction control in March,2004. I have had three instances wherein at low speed (5-10 mph) and on either wet road, gravel or other rough surface, and on attempt to brake, I have experienced brake failure and/or the engine simultaneously accelerates. I have had to place the car in neutral to overcome the forward surge. On one occasion I failed to stop at a stop sign. I had presented the vehicle to the dealer in April, 2004. At that time the dealer (smith cairns Ford, yonkers, NY) claimed the brake rotors were uneven. Subsequent to that repair, I experienced the same problem only this time the "ABS"and traction control" warning indicators activated. The dealer replaced left front wheel traction control sensor. The same problem occurred again on July 8, 2004. The dealer has been notified and I am awaiting advice from the service manager as to when the company service rep. Can inspect the vehicle.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

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