pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
98,585 miles
Total Complaints:
89 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (32 reports)
  2. new transmission (22 reports)
  3. rebuild transmission (22 reports)
  4. replace torque converter (9 reports)
  5. rebuild/replace transmission (5 reports)
2004 Ford Taurus transmission problems

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2004 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 4 of 5)

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problem #29

Feb 232011

Taurus ES 3.2lV6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,000 miles


Same problem I have just been reading about but my car only has 44000 on it.

Tranny just quit working in heavy traffic pulling away from the light going about 15 MPH the traffic started to move faster stepped on the gas but the car did not accelerate shifted into neutral and back into drive no go, down shifted into the other lower gears on go.

Luckily coasted into a parking lot. Tried reverse but that did not work ether. Have not heard anything from the repair shop as of yet.

- , Portland, OR, USA

problem #28

Feb 242011

Taurus SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,200 miles

I can't believe the number of people with the same problem. If I had known of this information, I would not have bought this piece of sh!t. There was no signs of any problems, it just went out. Luckily I was down the street from my house, so I pushed it home. For those of you who own a 2004 Taurus, be careful, it will leave you stranded somewhere. I've read of other Taurus's with 85k miles, 100k miles even a 54k miles that have had the same problem with there transmission. Im buying a Toyota.

- , San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #27

Jun 042010

Taurus 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

Ford was not helpful in any way except to offer to replace transmission for $3000 to $3500.00

- , S Milwaukee, WI, USA

problem #26

Dec 072010

Taurus 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles


I too had a very reliable 2004 Ford Taurus until all of a sudden my car coasted to a stop without any prior warning. I had it towed to a dealership and had it diagnosed for $91.50. They said the trasmission went out and it would cost $3,832.00 (new transmission, labor, & tax) to fix. I asked them why so much and they said that's the lowest price available. They said it would probably cost more with a shorted warrenty period if they tried to rebuild without knowing exactly what parts stripped out on the inside of the transmission.

So what is with Ford transissions going out without any warning? Why are there so many people having the same ford transmission issue as I? If there are so many ford transmissions failing at approximately the same then this is telling me that the Ford motor company has purposely engineered their transmissions to fail at a pre-determined time in order to force consumers to reinvest is either repair costs or even worse--the cost of a new or used vehicle.

- , Vancouver, WA, USA

problem #25

Jan 062011

Taurus SES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 118,000 miles

I guess my story is the same as the rest. We own a 2004 Taurus, have since 2005. It has 118,000 miles. This morning my husband was on his way to work, car seemed to be running fine. Made a left turn, hit the gas NOTHING!!! He said it was as if someone put the car in neutral. Quotes to repair the transmission is between $2000.00 and $2500.00. I guess I am with the rest why is there no recall? If just on this sight so many have complained, you know there is more people out there, something needs to be done. Why should we as consumers have to pay for someone else's mistake? I loved my car until now, we expected this car to last us a while. Now we are weighing out options, is this fix going to even be worth it?

- , Kirkland, IL, USA

problem #24

Dec 222010

Taurus Limited V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 96,000 miles

Traveling from Aiken, SC to Columbus, Ga. Left home got to the last exit in Thomson Ga and while on the interstate (I 20) the car started slowing. I placed my foot on the gas and nothing happened but the rpms went up but the car was not speeding up. Coasted to the side of the interstate and there you go. There was no warning at all that this was going to happen, it just did. I had to call my husband, waited 2 hrs for him to come, he brought his car so I could continue on my trip, he waited for stepson to come with trailer to haul car home and he waited for two hrs as the trailer had a flat. The car is still sitting up on the trailer. I am so angry. I had a 96 Limited Taurus that had close to 200,000 miles on it which I sold for what I bought it for used and never had any trouble other than normal things like brakes, water pump etc. This car is definitely not the quality the other car was. I wish I had not sold it but kept driving it. I really don't have the money to have it fixed right now and of course no more warranty. If ford knows this then they need to do a recall or something I think we outa sue but of course they would deny it. If anyone does count me in.

- , Aiken, SC, USA

problem #23

Dec 142010

Taurus SES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,000 miles


I, like the other complaints, had no idea why the transmission would fail with only 86,000 miles on it. After reading the last 2 nights all of the similarities it has become very clear Ford has a problem that they are ignoring. Just driving down the road and all of the sudden engine revs but no go. Actually thought i was on ice. Coasted into a parking spot at the local high school where I had it towed to the local transmission specialist. As soon as I started talking and told him what year and make I had he told me it was the torque converter. At first i thought this guys a genius but then realized he sees a lot of the Taurus's He also said he sees almost as many Windstars from the same years 2003 and 04. Sorry Windstar owners. From the sounds of it they all will go bad it's not just a few unlucky ones. Looks to be most prevalent in the 85000 mile range from what I've seen. I don't think me never buying a Ford again will hurt them and I suppose if enough people think that way it won't make much difference, the Government will just bail their butts out. Probably Form a new company like NEW FORD and spin off Old FORD. I can't imagine calling Ford and complaining will make much difference. I believe they all know about these issues and know right away what the problem is but will act like that is the first time they've heard of one of their transmissions going out with only 86000 miles on it. Good luck all. I'll let you know how it turns out.

- , Spring Arbor, MI, USA

problem #22

Oct 122009

Taurus SE 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,711 miles

It is ridiculous the amount of complaints I have been finding pertaining to failed transmissions around the internet. One day the tranny just stopped.... I replaced the transmission myself in 6 hours but I have all the right tools to do the job and know what I am doing. $2500.00 was the cheapest bid I could get to make the repair / replace for the car. There is no reason for a car to fail at such low mileage and I would not recommend the car to anyone since this is not the only problem I have had.

- , Gonzales, LA, USA

problem #21

Sep 302010

Taurus LX 3.2L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

I am a FORD owner....for many, many years.....now hear this....this 2004 is the best looking car I have owned and I got the least miles out of it.....transmission went out yesterday.....thank GOD we were in the neighborhood and it coasted to the end of the driveway.....I am so sick about this....as my last one had close to 300,000 mi on it....so what is up with FORD and their products?

- , Somewhere, USA, USA

problem #20

Sep 292010

Taurus SES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,766 miles

This is the second Taurus I have owned and both had the same transmission problem the car just stopped with no warning.

I will have it repaired, however I will never buy another Ford, or recommend them to anyone.

- , Haverstraw, NY, USA

problem #19

Sep 262010


  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,000 miles


Unbelievable now that I've read all the other complaints that are the same as mine. I was driving to my company picnic (with food!) and my family on a busy Sunday afternoon in construction when my car just stopped driving. Car was still running but certainly stopped moving and we were lucky not to have been rear ended. We got it pushed into a parking lot and had to have it towed. We got to walk home with our food and bags, oh what fun! T

hey want around $3000 to put in a rebuilt tranny!!! It only has 55,000 miles on it!! I drive to and from work (less than 7 miles one way) each day and what little driving I do around town for groceries and stuff. Why the heck would this happen at 55,000 miles??? Needless to say we missed our picnic and now I don't know how I'm going to get the money to get it fixed.

This was my first and only new car and I certainly thought it would last longer than 6 years!!. It's not the first time a Ford did this to me. I owned a used Tempo back in the 90's and the transmission went out on me while I was driving. Needless to say I will never buy another Ford. The mechanic at the shop told me that this seems to be a problem with these cars so he obviously knows about the issues with these Fords too. Do you think anybody at Ford reads these complaints? Probably not. This little complaint I've added doesn't get across my anger and rage. I don't want to sound like a raving lunatic so I've kept it on the down low but this is bleeping ridiculous!!!!!!!!! Ford needs to do the right thing and fix these problems.

- , Toledo, OH, USA

problem #18

May 142008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 84,000 miles

Ford should have recalled the transmissions in this model and they knew it, but once they have your money there is nothing you can really do. Just know that when it comes to buying the next vehicle then ford will be at the bottom of the list. I don't care if they are giving them away. I don't need the hassle of a cheaply made car. What happened to pride and quality. Its seems quantity was the main thing on Ford's mind when this was made.

- , Orangeburg, SC, USA

problem #17

Aug 212010

Taurus LX 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,351 miles

I am so pissed with the ford company. On Saturday my 2004 Ford Taurus lx.just stopped moving, next thing I find someone saying the torque converter is gone in my car. I called my dealer today only to find out my coverage is over. I spent 12 grand on this car thinking it was a really good vehicle. Now the ford dealer tells me he is sorry, I am sure he is. Not half as sorry as I am for buying the piece of crap. I really liked my car and friends keep telling me that I was nuts to buy a Ford. I even purchased a protection plan and can't seem to find out what it covers on the vehicle.

Next time I will definitely listen

Carl P.

- , Victoria, N.L, Canada

problem #16

Jul 072010

Taurus SES V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

My Taurus has 77,000 miles on it. Started having problems at 75,000. At 75k I had the transmission fliud flushed and had a new filter installed. The car started "stuttering" when under acceleration. Then the "check transmission" light came on every 15min or so. AAMCO said the transmission needs to be rebuilt and quoted $2600. My local garage suggested a rebuilt Jasper with a better warranty for $3000. My question is: why is the transmission going on a car with such low miles? And why isn't Ford taking care of its customers with all the complaints regarding 2004 and 2003 Taurus'?

- , Aberdeen, NJ, USA

problem #15

Mar 302010

Taurus SE 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 103,000 miles

We've had the same problem as the others with it just stopping without any warning. Drove fine one day and wouldn't go at all the next. We had just paid $2000 towards the payments to get a little bit ahead and still have been paying on it without being able to afford to fix it to drive it. We still owe close to $2000 on it and its been sitting since March now! Ford really needs to recall these seeing the problems so many people have had with it. Its been such a struggle being without transportation, it has really put our family through a lot. I'll never buy a Ford again!!!

- , Haines City, FL, USA

problem #14

Aug 142010

Taurus 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 130,000 miles

Why is there no recall on this there were no warnings or anything I work for UPS and our mechanic for the building took care of my car for me and I maintained the small stuff. This car was well taken care of and then the thing doesn't want to drive anymore with no signs of going bad previously?.......

- , Meridale, NY, USA

problem #13

Jul 202009

Taurus SES 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,000 miles

I bought this car used with 96,000 miles on it, thankfully with a 24,000 mile warranty, 02/14/09. By June of 2009, a mere 4 months later everytime the engine got warm, the trans would jerk and feel like you were being rear ended. The dealer finally replaced the trans after trying a few other things. Then, not even a year later, the car is doing the same thing again! I took it back to the dealer as I still have about 1,000 miles left on my warranty. Wouldn't you know that when the tech is in the car, it won't act up! So, the dealer says everything is fine. I guess I'm looking at a $2,000.00 repair bill sometime in the near future.

- , Middletown, OH, USA

problem #12

Jul 142010

Taurus 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,500 miles

I take very good cqare of the car. Regular all changes and all maintanence. Drove the car during lunch hour and then parked car. No prior signs of any problem. Car ran nice and smooth up until this time. I started the car and put it into gear....NOTHING. Would not go into gear. Paid a tow truck to tow the car 30 miles. Now it will cost almost $2,000 to fix the car. With all the problems with the Taurus transmission...why has there been no recall?? This is terrible!!!!

- , Elmira, NY, USA

problem #11

Jul 112010

Taurus 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

As I am searching the website to see what might have happened for the car to quit on me. I see all the complaints!! This is horrible. I just drove my vehicle yesterday with no problems, and today in the HOTT sun, with my kids, the car just stopped while driving.I was horrified. It could have caused a major accident. Something needs to be done. Who has $1300 in this economy just laying around. I say we petition and go to the attorney general about this and make Ford come forward and recall before someone gets seriously hurt!!!

- , Ft.Worth, TX, USA

problem #10

Jul 012010

Taurus SE

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

My story is the same as everyone else: stopped without warning. Their were no tell tale signs the transmission was going out. Worked fine one minute, and the next it did not work at all. Our family mechanic gave me a deal to replace it with a new transmission for $1400. The worst part is when i picked it up I was made aware that the front suspension is on its last leg. He quoted me $700 for that. Well their goes our summer fun money! boo hoo. Did I mention i need tires? $2500 on car repairs this summer. this sucks.

- , Monterey, CA, USA

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