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 4 of 4)

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problem #7

Aug 202011


  • 50,740 miles


First, I want to say that this vehicle is well maintained and serviced on a regular basis. It was a pleasant summer day but had more of a autumn feeling whether. I was driving on the interstate in East Tennessee, I had just merge onto the interstate and had been driving for maybe 10 minutes. I slowed down for traffic to about 40 mph as I crest a hill. When I stepped back onto the gas (going down hill now), I felt the car shift into 4 gear. I then felt, and heard a pop similar to a blowout, but in reality it was the car sliding out of gear. I had only managed to reach about 50mph when the car stop accelerating, (I put on my hazards) I was trying to coast to a safe place, but the construction projects made no place to pull off. Within 5 seconds, a car traveling behind me was bumped by a tractor trailer and was knocked into me. My Ford mechanic says the transmission is shot and the catalytic converter went out (was that the popping noise? I wonder.) $3500 to fix this problem. I have google 05 transmission problems and have found numerous over 500 problems that have to do with. I don't know whether Ford was trying to save a few dollars, or if they were trying to save fuel mileage, but this transmission is a serious problem. I will not buy another Ford if this problem doesn't get resolve by Ford recalling these transmissions. Last laugh, insurance companies will repair any car to the quality it was just before the wreck (no better, no worse.). since my transmission went out before the car wreck, they can replace it, ergo... the insurance covers the body work, but will not cover the transmission. My question to Ford is does someone have to die before you fix your errors. My father worked at Ford for 22 years; he would be.... really disappointed to see what Ford pass for quality.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #6

Dec 022011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 104,524 miles
Transmission went out while driving on a busy street. Towed to a Ford dealership and the mechanic claimed the diagnostics indicated that the transmission pump went out. This may have caused other transmission components to go out as well. With only 104,000 miles, the mechanic suggests a new transmission be installed.

- Washington, IL, USA

problem #5

Sep 072011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
Transmission went out on my 2005 Ford Taurus sel. There is less than 65,000 miles on this car. The manufacturer should issue a recall on the transmission of this model year. Transmission issues are the number one complaint on all the websites I visited. I now have to pay $3,000+ to fix the transmission on a car worth $7,500 - this is not a good quality vehicle.

- Olympia, WA, USA

problem #4

Jun 202011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles


I own a 2005 Ford Taurus sel. It's been a piece of junk since the day I bought it.when I first bought it, it was burning off front tires every 2000 miles, it was aligned by the dealer twice, ended up having to take it to a friends tire shop, we [I'm a motorcycle builer/welder..] ended up cutting the welds on the shock mount and moved it.the gas mileage is aweful, but now, after 96,000 miles, the transmission started acting up.it was changed every 30,000 miles, always looked like mud.two weeks after it started slipping, my wife was coming home late from work on a secluded, dark, really busy highway, out of the blue, the transmission just completely stopped working, she had to drive it into a ditch, or get killed, luckily, the car wasn't damaged badly otherwise. She spent 45 minutes stuck on the side of the road in the dark until I got there with a wrecker.I've looked online, and talked to friends who own garages, these cars are scrap.nearly every one that makes it to 100,000 miles will experience catastrophic transmission failure. At any time, anywhere, totally without warning... [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Dupont, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 122011


  • 123,000 miles
2005 Taurus - driving car and came to a stop. When I went to accelerate transmission would not catch gear. There was no slipping of gears, noises or any other kind of warning that the transmission was going out. I have found a couple links on the internet where this has happened to several people with the same year car. ! please see posted links, this needs to be made a recall! www.carcomplaints.com/Ford/Taurus/2005/transmission/transmission_failure.shtml www.aboutautomobile.com/complaint/2005/Ford/Taurus/automatic+transmission.

- Destrehan, LA, USA

problem #2

Feb 082011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 54,831 miles
My 2005 Ford Taurus has been a headache since day one. Today on my way to work the car suddenly accelerated and applying the brakes was a challenge as I almost couldn┐T stop when pulling over for safety. Prior to this, over $2000 for a new engine, another $900 for a new transmission, another $250 for a power steering pump, and daily issues like the door not latching and me trying to hold driver's door shut while driving at the same time, and then having to tie a rope across the front seat to the passenger door. Also, the daytime running lights turn on on their own at any given time and drain the battery. This car is a piece of crap. If you buy this kind or car, make sure you have aaa too.

- Avon Lake, OH, USA

problem #1

Aug 102008


  • 43,700 miles
The car will accelerate without touching the foot pedal or having the cruise control on. You have to ride the brake and shift to neutral to rev the engine and eventually disengage this acceleration process. The mechanic has cleaned the throttle body and replaced the throttle position sensor. Both of these fixes seemed to "solve the problem" for a while. But the car is back to this condition again. On going problem for 10 months.

- St. Joseph, MO, USA

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