really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,883 miles

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2005 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 3)

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problem #39

Jun 162014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles


I was driving to the store down curvy, mountain road when I slowed down to cross a railroad track. Then when I came out on the other side the car suddenly accelerated and just wanted to keep speeding up. I had to down shift and ride the brake to try to get it to slow down. I was doing 40 in a 35 zone and it just keep wanting to go, go, go. I put mt left foot on the emergency brake and was barley able to keep from going through a stop sign into oncoming traffic. As I pulled out I tapped the accelerator and from that point on it seemed to go back to normal (thankfully because I was then approaching a 15 mph school zone.) Ford and the government have known about this problem since 2007! what are you people waiting on" are you going to wait until somebody dies from this defect before you deem it worthy of a recall? you need to fix this now!!! which one is more important to you, profit, greed, quarterly statements, or a human life???"

- Welch, WV, USA

problem #38

Feb 102014


  • 100,019 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the engine warning was illuminated. The failure continued to occur over a period of one year. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician stated that the massive air flow sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was reparied but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximated failure mileage was 100,019.

- East Orange , NJ, USA

problem #37

Aug 052013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 116,000 miles
Sitting at a red light, waiting our turn, car accelerated thru the light! had to put it in neutral to stop it. After that numerous times the car would accelerate while driving. Our mechanic has worked on this issue for over 9 months, keep thinking found it, drive a week or so, then it would do it again.

- Elkhart, IN, USA

problem #36

Apr 152014


  • 89,721 miles


The vehicle begins to accelerate and will not slow down unless the vehicle is completely turned off or I brake the vehicle the entire time. The RPM rises to 4,000 and will not decrease while in drive.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #35

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 #34

Mar 242014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 148,748 miles
I was driving and coming up to a 4-way stop at an intersection. There was a truck stopped at the sign at the intersection in front of me. I applied the brakes and was nearly stopped when the engine of my car began revving on its own. I pressed harder on the brakes but felt the car edging forward still and thought for a moment I had lost my brakes. Since my foot was on the brake pedal I put the car in park, stopping it from running into the truck in front of me. The engine revved for a few more seconds and then the needle dropped on the RPM dial back to normal. I put the car in drive and completed my trip home without further incident. This is the second time this has happened. The first time was nearly a month ago but I thought it was a fluke, that perhaps I had some how stepped on the gas pedal as well as the brake. I do not believe that is the case now.

- Uniontown, OH, USA

problem #33

Dec 302013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles


While stopping at a red light my car was wanting to accelerate and not stop the engine was revving up RPM about 4000 had to put the gear in neutral then hit the gas pedal a couple of times for it to stop, a short time later it did it again.

- Christiansburg, VA, USA

problem #32

Oct 112013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Earlier in the week, the accelerator pedal on my 2005 Ford Taurus got stuck and would not function. Hitting the brakes slowed the car. When car was put in neutral, the engine raced. I immediately took it to a repair shop and they could not replicate the problem. It worked fine for a few more days, but happened again yesterday.

- Mt Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #31

Aug 272013


  • 79,250 miles
Vehicle accelerates on own. This usually occurs at speeds of 20-35 mph. Rmps also surge significantly. It is difficult to bring the vehicle to a stop when this occurs. The problem is intermittent.

- Camillus, NY, USA

problem #30

Jun 172012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 99,950 miles
My wife and I were out driving our 2005 Ford Taurus when the car started accelerating on it's own. I was trying to brake and the car continued to increase in speed. I wasn't using the cruise control at the time, I seldom do, but the cruise control doe's work though. I finally had to break hard and put it into neutral to get it stopped and the engine RPM's were going really high, between 4000-5000 RPM's. the vehicle has done this numerous times since and is highly dangerous! my wife is afraid of the vehicle and don't even want to drive it! this is a very serious safety issue and seems to be a problem for most of Ford Taurus owners on this web site in this year range of Ford Taurus vehicles. A safety recall should be established so that Ford can correct this very dangerous problem. Please don't wait until someone is killed before you do something about it. Thanks in advance!

- Roseboro, NC, USA

problem #29

May 292013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 126,000 miles


While my daughter was driving at posted speed, engine revved excessively and needed to do heavy braking to get vehicle stopped. Problem went away after stopping, turning vehicle off for a couple minutes than then restarting. About 10 miles earlier, tried to use cruise control but it never worked (could not set it). On Friday 8 June, while daughter was driving in buffalo, mn, symptoms occurred again. I don't know if my daughter tried to use the cruise control this time. She was able to drive the car the 8 miles to home and park it in the driveway. Several hours later, when I started the car, while in park, the engine rpms was 3500. Tapped gas pedal a couple times and engine stayed revved. Then turned off car and started it and engine RPM was back to normal. I drove about 10 miles, including trying to use cruise control, without incident, though the cruise control still never worked (would not set). On Wednesday 10 July, in albertville, Minnesota, while my wife was driving 30 mph, she noticed that it was very difficult to get the car stopped at 2 different stop lights. Then about a half mile from the second stop light, while driving 40 mph, she was not able to stop her car for a 3rd stop light and had to drive through a red light, this time with several passengers. She was able to stop the car with engine revving and after tapping the gas pedal several times it returned back to normal. She was not trying to use the cruise control.

- Saint Michael, MN, USA

problem #28

Sep 202010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 18,000 miles
I was in the process of parking my car and when I put it into park the engine revved up and had to turn off the car as it would not throttle down. The second time I was driving, was applying brakes and started to drive and engine revved up, had to brake and then turn car off. Third time I was starting vehicle and engine revved up, had to turn off. The cruise control cable was replaced on the vehicle less than a year after I purchased.

- Bismarck, ND, USA

problem #27

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 #26

May 072013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 88,500 miles
2005 Ford Taurus wagon accelerates all on its own. Happens on freeway going 65. Happened while coming to a stop light, brakes had a hard time stopping vehicle. Can get up to 3000 or more RPM's at any given time on its own. Very scary and very very dangerous.

- Cameron Park, CA, USA

problem #25

May 122013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 108,832 miles
We was driving and the car started to accelerate on its own and continued to accelerate @ faster speed till about 75 mph.. we was going 40 mph on our own to start.. we had to brake the car but it seemed the more we brake the more it would go.. but we did it @ force till it stopped, and squealing brakes and put it in park and the car sound as if I was pushing pedal to floor and I turned it off as is.. so I opened hood went to throttle and moved the cage on it then I heard a click and started it up and it was fine..now 5/20/13 it does it atleast 1 a day and my cousin who is mechanic said put it in neutral and give the gas a little push to get it to release.. and call Ford to see if there's a recall.. I called and they said there isn't a recall to have it service asap because it dangerous.. but my thought is if there is a lot of people with same issue why wouldn't it be on recall due to severity (fordforum.com).

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #24

May 072013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 74,777 miles
Car began to accelerate on its own and would not slow down when foot was removed from gas. It responded to the brake, but then revved up to 3000 RPM on its own, with my foot off the gas pedal. It was hard to stop. This happened in speed ranges of 0-60 mph. After car sat for 8 hours, I turned the ignition on and it shot up to 3000 RPM. I shifted into gear and the car accelerated on its own, without my foot on the gas pedal. I called aaa and the tow truck driver found the plastic clips on the cruise control cable disconnected from the throttle. He reconnected the clips but they seemed to be too loose and easily came off again. The car was towed to a aaa car center, where the technician replaced the cruise control cable and idle air control valve. No issues since the repair.

- King Of Prussia, PA, USA

problem #23

Mar 062013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
Was pulling out of a parking lot and hear a loud exhaust and heard it dragging. Looked under car and the catalytic converter broke off at the front flang behind the mounting bracket.. order a new one from auto parts wear house.com for $137.78 better weld then original part.

- Fort Bragg, NC, USA

problem #22

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 #21

Mar 012013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 106,000 miles
Throttle will stick and car will continue as if on cruise control. It is a random event. So far, have had the throttle cable replaced, fuel pressure "thing", and had the throttle body cleaned, and throttle continues to randomly stick.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #20

Jan 062011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 65,700 miles
The vehicle idle fluctuates. On multiple occasions while at a stop with the foot on the brake the engine will shut off completely. Additionally, on occasion when making a low speed turn at approx 15-30 mph the vehicle engine will completely shut off causing an extremely dangerous situation trying to maneuver the vehicle without power steering or brakes to a safe stop.

- Tampa, FL, USA

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