really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
71,208 miles

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2004 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #8

Aug 052015


  • 140,111 miles


On August 5th, while driving North on hwy 378 the car starting slowing down as if to stop, then it completely shut off. We were driving about 30 mph at the time. After shutting off I continue to try and get it to fire up but it didn't until 1hr. Later. After reaching my destination, I waited 3 hrs. To crank but, I couldn't. I've replaced new fuel pump assembly and gas tank, along with a new filter. I did all this and the car still won't run. Frustrated, please help!!!!!

- Columbia, SC, USA

problem #7

Oct 032014


  • 90,677 miles
My 2004 Ford Taurus accelerated on its own quite a few times. After goggling the problem I saw that there had been a recall. I called Ford & was told my car wasn't included in the recall. They also told me to get it fixed because it could be dangerous. I know that because I was almost in a few accidents because of the sudden acceleration. I'd have to pull over, if not at a red light or stop sign, put the car in park & hit the accelerator a few times. I actually had to turn the car off & back on once to get the rpms down. I had the cruise control cable totally removed. The cruise hadn't worked in yrs. My mom owned the car before I did. I'd like to know why my Taurus wasn't in the recall.

- Johnstown, PA, USA

problem #6

Feb 032014


  • 88,000 miles
The car jumps when stopped at a light. You have to leave plenty of room between cars or it will jump into a car. Also, we have had to replace the alternator and battery several times. The alternator was 3 times and the battery 5 times. All of the sudden out cruise control went out and after that is when the jumping started. Hard to start and it jumps while idling in park as well as all other gears. Transmission replace 4 years ago.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #5

Dec 022012


  • 132,876 miles


On 12.02.2012, I was stopped at an intersection; at a red light; the lane to the entrance to the freeway; at that moment and time I did activate the rear window defogger electrical push button switch for the vehicle rear window. As soon as the signal light was green; within approximately less than two minutes, I drove off and entered the freeway; upon entering the freeway and in the slow lane, I turned off the rear window defogger; in approximately less than two or three minutes while in motion/driving; there was a loud bang!. the loud bang, was a sound like something exploded; I looked into my rearview mirror and saw that I could barely make out what was behind me/traffic. I pulled off the freeway and found that my rear window had shattered/was broken up/cracked into pieces, the window didn't come apart; stayed intact. The rear window defogger system electrical connection @ the rear window on the passenger side; the connector plastic housing was melted, but stayed connected/intact. The driver side electrical connector detached/came off the rear window; the connector plastic housing was completely melted.

- Murrieta, CA, USA

problem #4

Dec 222010


  • 86,000 miles
I have a 2004 Taurus which without warning just coasted while on the interstate. Problem identified as transmission problem. After searching web noted a web site autobeef.com in which there were other similar complaints. I have also discussed with anyone who I note to have a Taurus during the years 2003-2005 and all of them have had to have transmissions replaced because they suddenly went out. Driving down an interstate and transmission go or in atlanta downtown traffic at quitting time is quite a danger. This would apply to all large cities. Seems the problem occurs between 60,000 and 90to 100 thousand miles. Had a 1996 that had over 200,000 miles never any transmission problems. I think this is very dangerous due to the way it just stops. Of course when contacting Ford Motor Company they have denied a problem with the cars. I can actually identify personally 30 Taurus drivers in my area that have had to replace transmissions prior to 100,000 miles. We expect as much as they cost for this to last longer. The autobeef is only a small portion of the folks this has happened to. Please consider this problem of danger to the public due to the nature of the auto just costing to a stop or even just not moving forward after stopping at a light esp in heavy traffic situations.

- Aiken, SC, USA

problem #3

May 152008


  • miles
Gas pedal sticks at take off but will free after jerking it a little.

- Motley, MN, USA

problem #2

Jul 102008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. Whenever the contact touched a metal part of the exterior part of the vehicle, static electricity would discharge unexpectedly. The build-up of electricity caused a strong, painful spark. There were no injuries. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection and they stated that there were several complaints for identical failures, but without resolutions. The contact was concerned of the safety risk involved. Updated 2/17/09 updated 02/19/09.

- Stockbridge, GA, USA

problem #1

Dec 012004


  • miles
The description of the recirculation function in the owners manual is misleading.

- Cary, NC, USA

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