really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,728 miles

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2005 Ford Taurus drivetrain problems

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2005 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #47

Jan 102014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles


The gas pedal seems to be stuck and the car starts accelerating. My wife became panicked and was about to crash into another car. The problem can be solved by putting the gearshift into neutral and press the gas pedal to the bottom, then it returns to the normal. The problem is very serious and can lead to accidents in hectic situations.

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #46

Mar 182014


  • miles
The car will accelerate by itself from the gas pedal sticking-- total transmission replacement now there is difficulty steering left or right, which forces the vehicle into extremely wide turns or use of excessive force to get wheel moving. -the car will rev/chug excessively while idling at a light, forcing me to turn it off several times for fear of something happening. --car has been checked several times by auto shops and they always claim the car is fine yet I have all these difficulties with it.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #45

Oct 132011


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle began to independently accelerate. The contact pumped the brake pedal until the vehicle stopped. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection and they stated the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Wilmington, NC, USA

problem #44

Oct 012013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 125,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle would not accelerate. The contact indicated that the defect was mostly present when decelerating or stopping before attempting to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who replaced the catalytic converter but the failure was not remedied. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 125,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #43

Jan 222014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 95,790 miles
We had our car serviced at our local Ford place on 1-22-2014 because of a problem we were having about acceleration problems. There we found out about the calibration recall. They proptly addressed the recall(we have not ever received the notification). About 2 hrs. Later I was going to get gas. I pulled into the station and it accelerated on me. I thought I would go through the pumps! I was pressing my brakes as hard as I could and put it in neutral fast(which is not good for the transmission) and finally got it unstuck or whatever it does. It was over 3 on the tachometer! it scared me so bad. I have filed a complaint before, the conf. # is 10551674. I just do not want to be the example of when Ford does something about after my funeral!

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #42

Sep 272013


  • 92,800 miles
Automatic transmission:torque converter---I own a 2005 Ford Taurus SE. Friday Sept 27th on my way home I had issues with the transmission going out on a major, very heavily traveled road. I pulled away from a stop light and was traveling approx 35mph when the car stopped "pulling" and the engine RPM's revved past 6K. The car stopped partly in the road where I had to get out on the two lane road and pushed the car the to the side of the road in rush hour traffic. (very dangerous). I called for a tow truck and got the car back to my house. Wondering why the transmission gave out without any warning, I did some research online only to find out that there is a major problem with the 2005 Ford Taurus torque converters where the pump shaft spline is only.160 thick, and under normal use, the spline wears excessively and eventually fails without warning causing the vehicle to loose its motive power. Now what I don't understand is why hasn't the NHTSA investigated this problem because after more research and speaking with a Ford master mechanic I found out that there is a recall for the same exact problem with the Ford freestar vehicles!! why did the recall only stop with the freestar vehicle when its the same problem on the Taurus" is it going to take a wreck with a fatality to get something done about this problem? I understand when parts fail but when you read online to different forums and there are hundreds if not thousands of complaints about the same problem of the 2005 Taurus this is a major concern which something needs to be done to make Ford accountable especially when there is a same issue with a different vehicle that has a recall. Even the master technician said he doesn't know why the recall stopped with the freestar, it's the same exact problem with the 2005 Taurus, and a dangerous one at that. Is any investigation going on with this issue"

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #41

Mar 012013


  • 88,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle jerked while driving at any speed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times for the failure. The dealer performed a diagnostic, which located the failure at the transmission clutch. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 88,000 and the approximate current mileage 93,000.

- Memphis , TN, USA

problem #40

Aug 062012


  • 57,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving approximately 5 mph, the transmission failed to operate. The vehicle was towed but was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 57,000.

- New Staton, PA, USA

problem #39

Jul 182013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
I was made to believe that Ford authorized for the transmission to be replaced at 80,000 miles(see previous transmission complaint on this VIN). I recently discovered that the only work that was done was a Ford authorized repair to the torque converter, and not a replacement of the transmission as the repairing dealer recommended. At the time of the repair the vehicle was under Ford's extended warranty plan. The vehicle now has 130,000, and it has an intermittent jerk while going from 0-20 mph. The local Ford dealer, along with another independent repair shop, has informed me that the transmission needs to be replaced. I contacted Ford and they informed me that since the vehicle is no longer under warranty there is nothing that they will do. It's my belief, since the original transmission problem at 80,000, the transmissions in the 2005 are defective.

- Johns Creek, GA, USA

problem #38

Jul 312013


  • 182,580 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle suddenly lost acceleration power. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where it was found that the torque converter had failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 182,580. The VIN was unavailable.

- Sparta, TN, USA

problem #37

Apr 012013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 123,000 miles


Several times since April 1st, my 2005 Taurus has suddenly accelerated on its own. In order to stop the vehicle I had to constantly apply and then ride the brakes. I also had to put the car into neutral.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #36

Apr 162013


  • 69,100 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle failed to accelerate over 30 mph. The vehicle was taken to the transmission mechanic for diagnostics. The failure was located at the transmission. The transmission was replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage was 69,100.

- Waterville , OH, USA

problem #35

Apr 132013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 97,456 miles
I was driving back from taking a disabled person to the doctors and transmission just quilt working. No noise or anything just quit. We sat on busy highway for two hours waiting for a friend to tow the car. Just like the recalled vehicles. My car has same transmission but was not recalled. Why? now I have no car. Can't afford to get it fixed. And have no way to take the disabled person I take care of to the doctors.

- Paulden, AZ, USA

problem #34

Jul 272011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
July 25, 2011, 1st engine revved but car did not move. Pressed gas, car took off at full speed. Reached speeds over100 mph in a 35 mph, turned off ke to stop. Ford replaced throttle body, cruise control cable due to wear, fuel filter, air filter, transmission flush, replace washer hose at $748.22 cost to owner. 2nd, June 2012. Car started sudden acceleration, turnoff key to stop car. Ford dealer could not replicate sudden acceleration incident, told owner to pick up vehicle, no work performed. 3rd incident March 21,2013, sudden acceleration shifting into drive, turned off key, re-started engine light came on, car missed & chugged. Car would not go 20 mph. Ford said they could not replicate rapid acceleration. Went to pick up car at deal and when started engine light was on and car missed and chugged. Could not drive car off of dealer's lot. Returned keys with instructions to review rapid acceleration problems. Contacted Ford corporate customer service opened case [xxx]. was told that no recall exists on that vehicle, we could have a discount on buying a new Ford vehicle to resolve the incident. Ford dealer on nd review replaced ignition coil assy, spark plugs, updated PCM codes, tightened tie rods, 4 wheel alignment, replaced 2 front tires, fuel filter, front or rear brakes with rotor replacements, oil filter and lube change at cost of $1681.82 to owner. Ford dealer at pick up would not provide written guarantee that rapid acceleration problem had been fixed or eliminated. My son's safety at hands of Ford refusal to fix problem. His fathers 2002 escape (similar 6 cylinder Ford) has a recall and fix for rapid acceleration problems. We asked Ford customer service about future liability if we sold the car & they said if we sell the car there would be no liability. This does not seem to ethical & leaves vehicle owner at a potential safety risk.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #33

Mar 232013


  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle stalled while attempting to accelerate up a hill. The contact drove the vehicle to a dealer for a diagnostic test. The dealer stated that the transmission malfunctioned and needed to be replaced. The dealer replaced the transmission. The failure mileage was 147,000.

- Lancaster, WI, USA

problem #32

Feb 272013


  • 70,000 miles
Car is accelerating on its own...when I start car the RPM goes pass 5 like I am giving it gas....I can be driving and it picks up speed by itself when it does this and I try to come to complete stop its hard to stop...almost got in several accidents..have a toddler in car..it is totally unsafe.

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #31

Jan 102013


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while accelerating from a complete stop, the rpms increased but the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and was later inspected by an independent mechanic. The mechanic stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

- North Little Rock, AR, USA

problem #30

Jan 012013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
Vehicle accelerated unexpectedly and speed continued to increase even though I removed my foot from the accelerator. I put the vehicle in neutral - the engine was running at this point at nearly 4000 RPM - and pressed quickly on the accelerator. This stopped the acceleration and the engine returned to normal RPM. This scenario was repeated two more times before I arrived at my destination.

- Brentwood, TN, USA

problem #29

Dec 182012


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle abnormally jumped out of gear and stalled. The contact waited several minutes and was able to restart the vehicle, as it proceeded to drive normally. The vehicle was later taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis where they advised him that the transmission failed and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired for the transmission. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure and current mileages were approximately 100,000.

- Colchester, CT, USA

problem #28

Dec 192012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
The transmission of my vehicle, without warning or prior history of failure, acted like I'd moved the gear into neutral while driving the legal speed limit on the interstate. Engine would rev, but nothing happened. Coasted to a stop on the side of the road without the ability to accelerate or move the vehicle to a safer location. There are at least 150 people who have had a similar experience as me but Ford will not issue a recall despite a clear fault with the transmission for this make and model. www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/Taurus/2005/transmission/transmission_failure.shtml.

- Palm Bay, FL, USA

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