really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
72,296 miles

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2005 Ford Taurus engine problems

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2005 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #33

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 #32

Mar 032012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 35,400 miles
The first incident my brother was alone and driving the car. He accelerated after stopping for a traffic signal. Within about 50 yards the car continued to accelerate up to 4000 RPM. He pulled off to a turning lane and had to hold his foot on the brake to avoid hitting another vehicle. Finally he put the car in park. The engine did not slow down until he put the car back in drive. Since then the accelerator has taken control three different times at about 40 mph. Most recent incident was on 4/18/2012, mileage 36140. We were riding home from church. My brother pressed the accelerator to about 45 mph from a stop sign intersection and the engine revved up to 4000 RPM again. We had to pull off the road, turn the engine off and on 3 times before it was drivable.

- Newnan, GA, USA

problem #31

Apr 052012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
Happened twice within fifteen minutes- driving on residential street when engine started revving very high. Was able to use brakes to maintain control and then press hard on gas pedal to stop the revving. The cruise control is inoperative (took to shop, they reported the cable is unattached).

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #30

Aug 012011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 42,000 miles


On three separate occasions, while driving between 30-40 mph, the throttle "stuck". I was not using cruise control in any of these cases. It was difficult to get the car to slow down - required extreme brake pressure - when I shifted into neutral, the engine RPM went well above 3000 RPM. I shut off the engine, waited a minute or two, and restarted the car. Everything seemed to be completely normal. This happened two more times over the next several weeks. In each case when I shut off the engine and restarted it, all seemed to be normal. I took the car to a local auto mechanic, and he was unable to replicate my experience. He said he suspected the problem was related to the cruise control, and that a repairs could be several hundred dollars. Or he could simply disconnect the cruise control. I chose the later.

- Western Springs, IL, USA

problem #29

Jan 182012


  • 100,000 miles
I was pulling into a gas station and starting to slow down, but the car kept accelerating. I applied the brakes and put the car in park, but the engine was racing. I pushed down on the gas pedal very hard several times before the car stopped the excessive acceleration. Another time I was driving on the freeway at about 60 mph and the car started to accelerate, but I also pushed down very hard several times before the acceleration stopped.

- Champlin, MN, USA

problem #28

Aug 122011


  • miles
I own a 2005 Ford 500 limited sedan. Within the past 6-months or so, I've experienced surging of my engine during idle; when shifting into reverse or drive; and in gear with the brake applied. I wasn't sure how to proceed other than a full diagnostic, which wasn't a possibility at the time due to cost. This situation sounds similar to what I read in the news about an investigation into these models. The surging was enough to get my attention as out of the ordinary and hopefully a recall will be announced soon.

- Minneola, FL, USA

problem #27

Feb 092011


  • miles


The throttle on my Ford Taurus 2005 has been sticking off and on for the pass year. My wife was driving it yesterday with my baby daughter and she had to cut the ignition off to stop the car.

- Arlington , TX, USA

problem #26

Aug 012011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
The issue started as a throttle sticking closed. This required a harder than normal push to get the throttle to open and increase engine speed. This eventually turned into the throttle sticking open and not returning to idle. The on the road fix was to push quickly on the throttle pedal a couple times to get the throttle to release to idle. This also necessitated riding the brakes to keep the cars speed under control. Over time the issue became worse, with the throttle sticking open more often. What I found when investigating the issue was that the cruise control cable fitting at the throttle linkage was disconnected. The fitting would snap back onto the proper place but was very loose and would pop back off easily when the throttle was actuated. I used a plastic tie-wrap to tighten the locking mechanism in place. Another item that I found was a lot of varnish where the throttle butterfly met the throttle body (inside the throttle body) at/near idle. This contributed to the sticking closed/open issue. I used carb cleaner while the engine was running to clean the throttle body around the butterfly, and outside the throttle body on the linkage. The issue at this point has not returned. I do feel there is an issue with the connector at the end of the cruise control cable. Since it seems to be affecting others about the same mileage, it seems to be a wear issue of an under designed connector. I don't know if the varnish build up (amount) is out of the ordinary, but have not had the sticking throttle issue on any other car I have owned. I could see this causing an accident for others that may not understand the mechanics of what is happening.

- Fairborn, OH, USA

problem #25

Feb 172012


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the rpms would increase to 4000 and the engine warning light would illuminate on the instrument panel. A local mechanic changed the fuel filter, but the failure recurred. Neither the dealer nor manufacturer were notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 80,000.

- West Columbia, SC, USA

problem #24

Jan 092012


  • 57,000 miles
2005 Ford Taurus - throttle sticks, vehicle will speed up without pushing on the gas. This has occurred numerous times, quite scary regardless of location or speed. This has occurred in town and on the interstate. Vehicle must be put in neutral and the gas peddle must be pushed to the floor to get vehicle back under control.

- Warrensburg, MO, USA

problem #23

Jun 152011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


Numerous times, when the foot was removed the accelerator, the engine did not return to idle but continued as if your foot was still on the accelerator. Would have to apply brakes and get off the road. Extremely hard to stop if going very fast. Kill the engine, raise the hood and barely touch throttle control where the accelerator cable is attached and it would snap back to the idle position. This has happened at least 7 or 8 times. Extremely dangerous!

- Aledo, TX, USA

problem #22

Mar 012011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Throttle stuck while driving. This has happened many times. I have had a transmission shop look at it to no avail. Decided to write you after hearing other consumers report the same problem in a local new story.

- West Chester , PA, USA

problem #21

May 122009

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 77,982 miles
Our company has 2 of the 2005 Ford Taurus. Both bought new from Ford dealer. Within weeks of each other in year 2009 both experienced major problem. The vehicle would accelerate while driving and while at stop. Driver could not brake to deactivate cruise or put car in neutral to slow down. Rpms revved very high. Driver had to keep both feet on brake to keep car from moving when at stop. Both taken to Ford dealership for work. Different things were done to prevent. I have recently read an article on investigation into this same problem. I felt it important to relay this information.

- Springfield, OH, USA

problem #20

Feb 012012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
Hello my wife's Taurus has recently started to lurch forward when she starts it. This happens about every third or fourth time the vehicle is started. Another thing we have noticed that may be related is that when the car is running while in park say at a drive through, when putting it into drive, there is a lag time in the transmission engaging into drive then when it does engage it pops into drive as if I were to pop the clutch and it lurches forward.

- Anchorage , AK, USA

problem #19

Feb 182010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
My car accelerated starting at 30 mph and kept climbing. I got it stopped with much effort in the middle of the road. When I restarted it, the engine raced uncontrollably. It was checked by my boyfriend (a auto service manager for 20 years) and found the cruise cable was loose but holding the accelerator. He disconnected the cable to the side and drove it ok. Then the cable slide back into place and it did it again. It you check the chat rooms you will find that many people have had the same problem!!!. the cost of repair has kept me from getting it repaired and the dealers refuse to even goodwill repair it, knowing that it was a common problem. I am afraid to drive the car, but it is the only vehicle I have.

- South Padre Island, TX, USA

problem #18

Jul 012011


  • 94,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. While traveling 60 mph, the contact noticed that the vehicle suddenly began to accelerate abnormally. In order to stop the acceleration, the contact had to shift the vehicle into neutral. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the pollution sensor was replaced. One week later the failure recurred and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer where the oxygen sensor and wiring were replaced. The current mileage was 111,000 and the failure mileage was 94,000.

- Norcross, GA, USA

problem #17

Jan 252012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 36,850 miles
Throttle sticks open when driving and revs to 3000 at a stop when parked. Can't take foot off the brake otherwise car speeds up. Have to turn engine off and let sit before starting again. Has happened 4 times, but no codes found when scanned.

- Des Plaines, IL, USA

problem #16

Sep 122011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
On several occasions, vehicle was trying to surge forward while at a stop sign. Engine was revving very high; had to press down really hard on the brakes to prevent vehicle from surging forward. Took it to Ford dealer (bankston Ford, fort worth tx) who said that the 'diagnosis of cruise control not working and purchase of a new cruise control cable.'. I paid $190' to the repair, but it still seems to occur sporadically.

- Upper Arlington, OH, USA

problem #15

Feb 022012


  • 102,000 miles
The car would speed up by itself from fault of throttle control assembly, alternator had to be replaced, windshield wiper hose assembly, the ac compressor had to be completely replaced, accumulator or receiver drier had to be replaced, as well as replacement of the compressor drive belt, evaporator orifice belt, serpentine belt tensioner, idler pulley, belt tensioner, on another recent occasion, the Ford was idling high and when driving, would speed up to around 4000 to 4500 rpms, on its own replacement of gasket all spark plugs, valve assembly, and another kit 11794 to counter the revving engine and throttle.. also the power steering was off in the car, and it could not maintain an alignment, as you drove the steering wheel would jerk and shake. Odd noises emanating from the left and right rear of the car resembling a wheel bearing also will probably result in further repairs. The work was done at mileage 85462. Today it is 102K and the Ford keeps up with its seeming reputation of being "found on road dead"... or "fix or repair daily". today completed by a Ford dealer and a military shop, the torque converter is broken. The car will start and rev, but when placed in drive or reverse it will not engage and remains in place.

- Williamsburg, VA, USA

problem #14

Nov 152011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 89,000 miles
I attempted to start my car, the engine will not turn over, there is a clicking noise under the dash, and all the interior, exterior and dash lights flash.

- La Mesa, CA, USA

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