hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
84,542 miles

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2005 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #7

May 092014


  • 135,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle abnormally accelerated when the brakes were engaged. The check engine light illuminated after the failure occurred. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 135,000. The current mileage was 135,040.

- Litchfield Park, AZ, USA

problem #6

Feb 252012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 76,680 miles
I bought car from maple street auto - picked up car on 02/24/2012 I notice when I start car - the RPM goes up to high RPM compare to other cars I owned - like Dodge Caravan and Ford Windstar when I put car into "D" - 97 percent of the time takes of and excessive brakes applied while driving most time - I notice the car changes out and takes off appreciable even on a flat surface when coming to a stop light - the car wants to keep going and brakes has to be applied hard even when slowing down once again - I am applying brakes a lot as car keeps going. For the record, I have no speeding violation, no accidents and I have to be careful when driving as the car tend to speed up at times. I also was warned not to use the cruise control by the seller (maple street auto).

- Randolph, MA, USA

problem #5

Aug 152011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
I was driving and felt the accelerator pad click, then I noticed that my speed was increasing. As I applied the brake, I noticed that the car was not slowing down. I swerved down a side street and pull on my emergency breaks and turned off the engine. It began at approximately 30 mph and accelerated itself to approximately 40 mph. The dealership determined that my throttle cable was eroded and needed a replacement. I got a new throttle cable. About a month later, I felt the click again and I saw my speed go up again; this time, it unclicked. I contacted the dealership and dropped off the vehicle. The dealership determined this time that the tube in which the throttle cable is inserted was filled was debris so that caused another jam. The dealership did not charge me again for this service but it leads to me suspect if there are further issues with the accelerator itself.

- Palm Harbor, FL, USA

problem #4

May 122009

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 88,453 miles


Our company has 2 of the 2005 Ford Taurus. Both bought new from Ford dealer. Within weeks of each other in year 2009, we experienced major problem with both. The vehicles would accelerate while driving and if cruise control was on at the time, the driver could not brake or turn cruise off to get vehicle to slow down. This first happen on the highway. Then it happened on city street at stop, both vehicles would rev rpms when at a stop to the point that the driver would have to keep both feet on the brake described as "with as much force as they could" and put car in neutral to keep vehicle still. These were both taken to the dealership at which they bought and no recall had shown up for the service dept. After two attempts to fix what they thought was wrong, to no avail, the service dept finally experienced it first hand while bringing vehicle in to service dept. Not sure what the fix finally entailed. I have recently read an article speaking of the investigation into stuck throttle on the 2005 models and wanted to make sure these incidents were reported. We still have these vehicles in our fleet.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 062012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I was driving my Ford Taurus at about 30 mph when the vehicle unexpectedly accelerated up to 45 mph even after releasing the gas pedal completely. Brakes slow the car but with more resistance than usual, and manually parking and restarting did not help the problem. I was able to drive about 5 miles home without ever touching the gas, but often having to ride the brakes. The engine revs very high (about 3,00rpm) even in park. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was apx 140,000. I dont know how this can pass without a recall as I read of many other instances of this with my year, make and model.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #2

Sep 142011


  • 81,600 miles
I just recently purchased a 2005 Ford Taurus and it was running fine for like 2 days. Then the cruise stopped working a few days later the accelerator began to stick. I was going about 30 and suddenly the car began to take off on its own and I nearly hit the car in front of me. I had to steer off the road and pressing the brakes was very hard. This seems to be a trend for the car and is extremely dangerous!! someone should not have to die for this to be recalled!!

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #1

Jan 212010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 60 miles
I own a 2005 Ford Taurus. In January 2010, the gas pedal started to stick. In order to slow the car, I have to stand on the brake pedal and put the car in neutral. When I have regained control of the car while it is in neutral, I jazz the gas pedal and it pops up audibly. This has been happening with increasing frequency. The car has been to the Ford dealer 4 times for this problem and it remains unresolved. I am requesting a safety recall on this vehicle before a serious accident occurs.

- Weymouth, MA, USA

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