really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
34,534 miles

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2004 Ford Taurus transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Aug 072009


  • 70,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford Taurus. While driving 30 mph, the tail lights, instrument panel lights, and radio failed. The contact placed the vehicle into park without shutting off the engine. He attempted to place the vehicle into drive, but was unsuccessful. After several attempts, the contact managed to shift into drive. He is in the process of taking the vehicle to the dealer for further inspection. The manufacturer stated that no compensation would be provided because the VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign id number 04V106000 (exterior lighting:brake lights:switch). The recall pertained to the 2003 models. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 70,000.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #2

Apr 062006


  • miles
Vehicle does not go all the way into park. Prndl indicates park, but vehicle still moves. Wife placed car in reverse, then realized a kids bike was behind her, pulled forward, placed vehicle in park, got out, and vehicle began rolling backward. She was dragged, and almost badly injured when the open door caught on another vehicle. Approximately 2 weeks later I parked vehicle, placed it in park at supermarket parking lot and vehicle began rolling backwards again.

- Navarre, FL, USA

problem #1

Jul 182005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,601 miles
I had rented a 2004 Ford Taurus from enterprise rent-A-car. I needed to get some things out of another car to put into the rental car. I put the Taurus into drive and pulled forward to the other car. I placed the car in park, opened the door, took my foot off the brake and started to get out. After I had both feet on the ground and was standing up, the car began to roll backward. I fell to the ground while holding on to the door and was dragged a few feet. I managed to roll away from the car. The car rolled back to the original parking spot and hit a guard rail and another car.

- Kingwood, TX, USA

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