really awful
Crashes / Fires:
15 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
8 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,178 miles

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2005 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 10 of 24)

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problem #295

Jul 132011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 71,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 5 mph and completing a left turn, the vehicle accelerated independently. The contact depressed the brake pedal repeatedly until the vehicle came to a stop. After the contact shifted into park, the engine rpms continued to increase. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the cruise control cable was fractured and would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for a second diagnostic. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 71,000.

- Loves Park, IL, USA

problem #294

Mar 062013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
Initial incident: Was driving down the road at approximately 40mph and pressed the gas pedal to level out speed. When I lifted my foot off the pedal, it stuck and kept accelerating. I was able to release it by pressing the pedal again. Subsequent incidents: I had a few other incidents, which are currently ongoing, pending a mechanic looking at my vehicle. In these instances, they are similar to the initial one in that when I let off the pedal, it sticks and eventually releases with a slight 'pop' from the pedal area either on it's own, when I press the gas pedal again or press the brake and slow to a lower speed (around 5mph). Major incident: On one occasion, the pedal got stuck and the RPM went upwards of 4000-5000 and the engine was revving. None of the above - pressing pedal or pressing brake - helped with the situation. I eventually had to shift into neutral and turn off the vehicle. When I waited about 30 seconds, I restarted the vehicle and it went right back to RPM around 4000-5000. I tried pressing the pedal again to relase and after 3 or so tries it finally released. I am planning to contact Ford and let them know I have reported this and see what can be done to resolve this issue.

- Des Moines, IA, USA

problem #293

Mar 142013


  • miles
I was driving my car and almost went thru numerous stop signs. My idles on my car shot way above 4000 rpms and I could hardly hold the brake to prevent it from shooting off. I pumped the gas peddle a few times and that didn't help.I had to shut down the car completely. When I restarted it the idle was still up to over 4000 rpms and pumping the gas peddle brought it back down. It still later did it again and again I had to shut the card down where I sit. I waited over 20 minutes at one point and restarted it and the rpms were still way above 4000 rpms/ but this is happening none stop. We had the throttle body cleaned by a professional and this still is happening. This is an extreme danger and I have a child that I have to take to school and I go to work.

- Lawton , OK, USA

problem #292

Jan 192010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 65,737 miles


Throttle sticks and the engine idles as high as 2,500 RPM without applying any pressure to gas, causing the car to increase its speed without touching the gas. Even when applying the brakes, the car is difficult to stop and I must allow additional room to stop because the car is accelerating on its own while I'm applying the brakes. This occurs at random and approximately 1-3 times daily. The severity of the unwarranted acceleration seems to become more obtrusive as the mileage increases. I'm disappointed and frankly shocked that Ford has not issued a recall for this potentially dangerous faulty accelerator, especially considering they have been notified by many other concerned consumes such as myself. Until then, I can only hope the brakes can continue to overpower the accelerator that seems to have a mind of its own.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #291

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 #290

Jan 012013


  • 63,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving at 30 mph, the RPM increased to 4,500 and the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The vehicle was placed into neutral and then functioned normally. The failure was experienced numerous times. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 63,000 and the current mileage was 65,000. The VIN was not available.

- Parsittany , NJ, USA

problem #289

Feb 272013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 42,716 miles


Throttle was sticking and accelerating by itself while driving.then the engine would rev to about 4000rpm. I had to push down on the brakes with both feet to get it to stop. This happened numerous times over 2 days. If the gas pedal was wiggled this would stop it from revving. Took the car to a Ford dealership and the cruise control cable was broken, causing the throttle to bind.

- Webster, NY, USA

problem #288

Mar 092013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 61,426 miles
First time at 65 mph vehicle started to accelerate by itself, second time when driving at 30 mph the speed started to increase by itself and after stopping the RPM stayed at 2500. Took vehicle to Ford dealer where they recommended that a decarb of the fuel injectors, throttle body be done and also suggested that the idle air control valve had a erratic condition. They also said that they performed multiple test drives with an I.D.S. tester and found nothing wrong. After paying over $700 we drove back home, within one mile the car started to accelerate again, almost had an accident at a 4 way stop and had to press the breaks hard but the car did not come to a complete stop and went thru the intersection.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #287

Feb 162013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
This happened at around 1:45 am on Saturday, in another state, commuting to work. Vehicle accelerates without having foot on gas pedal, pulled over on side of road and turned car off, tried to start ignition and car engine revs up and is really loud. I turned car off and sat for a while hoping that car would start up again normally. This has happened many times, even called local Ford dealership and no one had any idea was told to bring vehicle in and pay $138.35 for a diagnostic, which would go towards repairs. Other mechanics did not seem to have a clues. This has been happening quite a bit, but the latest incident was on 02/16/2013. Had no problems for a little while, but started up again. Very scary. I have been very fortunate to be able to pull car to the side of the road to safety. Too many issues with this car. Someone needs to do something about this issue, before someone gets hurt badly or dies.

- Savannah, GA, USA

problem #286

Feb 082012


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact had to shift to park and engage the brakes with both feet in order to stop the vehicle. Also, the contact mentioned that on a different occasion, the check transmission warning lamp illuminated. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000 and the current mileage was 78,000.

- Jackson , NJ, USA

problem #285

Feb 212012


  • 120,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The con tact stated that while driving 5 mph, the vehicle independently accelerated. The contact was able to stop by vehicle by applying the brakes. The vehicle was not repaired.the manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 120,000.

- Howell, MI, USA

problem #284

Feb 112013


  • 49,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated the vehicle accelerated independently. The vehicle became unresponsive to braking attempts. While depressing the brakes, the vehicle did not stop until the brakes released and the contact felt an abnormal push-back from the brakes. The vehicle was not inspected or repaired for the failure. The failure and the current mileages were 49,000.

- Montgomery, IL, USA

problem #283

Feb 092013


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle erroneously accelerated. The vehicle failed to decelerate and drove down a hill and into a field before stopping. The vehicle had not been diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- Heiskell, TN, USA

problem #282

Oct 122012


  • 105,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact was driving approximately 20 mph when the vehicle abnormally accelerated with an unusual increase in engine rpms. The contact applied the brakes forcefully in order to decelerate and maneuvered to the side of the road where the engine was turned off. A certified mechanic inspected the vehicle and informed the contact that the throttle became stuck however, after the gear was shifted into neutral, the vehicle began to operate normally. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 105,000.

- Worcester, MA, USA

problem #281

Jan 182013


  • 82,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the RPM suddenly increased and the vehicle erroneously accelerated. The contact depressed the brake pedal repeatedly but the brakes failed to respond. The contact depressed the brake pedal with both feet and was able to stop the vehicle. The failure occurred intermittently three different times. The contact stated the engine revved up while the vehicle was parked as well. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Pittsburg, PA, USA

problem #280

Sep 072009


  • 90,000 miles
On two separate occasions that I remember I experienced excessive speed due to the cruise control cable coming detached and catching on the throttle cable. One instance occurred on the highway while driving at 65 mph, and the car accelerated to over 85 mph without warning. The brakes could not slow the car, nor could lifting up the gas pedal. The second instance occurred while on an off-ramp from a highway and through an intersection. I was driving at 35 mph when the car sped to 45 mph. Braking only slowed the car minimally. On both occasions I was able to have the car stop accelerating by actually pushing on the gas pedal and unknowingly causing the cruise control cable to unhook itself from the throttle cable. I took a look under the hood after the incidents and noticed the issue, I zip-tied the cruise control cable in place but would appreciate this matter taken care of before someone gets hurt.

- Brunswick, ME, USA

problem #279

Jan 302013


  • 106,200 miles
On the morning of January 30, 2013; I was driving to work approximately at 8 am and noticed my car became difficult to stop. It appeared to be accelerating when I was not touching the gas and had to apply excessive force on the brake to allow the car to stop. Immediately upon releasing the brake pedal the car would quickly accelerate to 15-20 mph. This continued on and off for my entire 15 mile commute to the office. Stepping heavily on the gas pedal seemed to stop the problem (seemed as if the pedal was stuck down). Placing the car into neutral was the only sure way to stop the acceleration. On January 31, 2013; the same problem occurred again. However, this time it happened at higher speeds. I was driving at 65 mph without having to touch the gas as if the cruise control was set to 65. However, the cruise was off. Again...heavily pressing the gas pedal stopped the acceleration. Again, placing the car into neutral was the only sure way to stop the problem. Both mornings were foggy/rainy and very humid. The problem is intermittent, but I believe Ford needs to immediately correct this issue with recalls as a person who is less comfortable driving or just not very calm could definitely have an accident if they panic.

- Trenton, NJ, USA

problem #278

Jan 232013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 161,200 miles
Driving down the road when I accelerated the car continued to accelerate after I took my foot off the gas pedal. This happened to my girlfriend earlier when she drove the car. I was able to stop the acceleration by stomping on the gas pedal twice very hard. My girlfriend had to shift into neutral when it happened to her. This is an ongoing problem with this car and happens randomly at different speeds and conditions. When it happens the engine revs to about 4,000 rpms when shifted into neutral before going to normal. I did some research and discovered that as of March 2012 there were over 395,000 complaints about this and that the NHTSA was investigation. This is a common problem and well documented. I am a Ford fan but am very disappointed this has not been addressed properly especially in the wake of the Toyota recalls for similar problems a few years ago. I contacted the NHTSA this morning to discover that: NHTSA campaign id number: PE12005 "a safety-related defect has not been identified at this time and further use of Agency resources does not appear to be warranted. Accordingly, this investigation is closed. The closing of this investigation does not constitute a finding by NHTSA that a safety-related defect does not exist. The Agency will monitor this issue and reserves the right to take further action if warranted by the circumstances. " I am asking that this case be reopened before someone is killed and that Ford be forced to do the right thing and issue a recall if they won't do it voluntarily.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #277

Nov 032011


  • 148,467 miles
I was driving down the interstate when my cruise quit working. Then I noticed the car was accelerating. I had to put both feet on the brakes to come to a stop. At a stop the car was still revving up, and I could not stop it. I had to have the cruise control cable replaced. The cable had twisted around the accelerator cable. Now 2 years later the cable has come off again, however this time it didn't wrap around the other cable and cause the accelerator form sticking. The repair shop purchased a new cruise control cable directly from Ford, and this cable also does not stay on. The place where the cable hooks onto is not worn, so obviously Ford has a problem with the design of the cruise control cable.

- Janesville, WI, USA

problem #276

Jan 162013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Early in the morning of Jan 16 2013 as my husband drove the car, the engine seemed to be racing for a few minutes but not accelerating on its own. It normalized and he though nothing more of it. Later that day my 18 year old daughter was driving the car at a speed of approximately 45 miles per hour when she slowed to make a right turn and coming out of the turn the car began to accelerate on it's own. It approached speeds of over 55 mph in a 30 mph zone. Luckily there was not much traffic at the time. She immediately applied the brakes as hard as she could and luckily is a strong girl and was able to slow it enough to somewhat control it and bring it to an area where she shut the car off. She states that "it fought her hard to continue accelerating and was out of control". she called my husband and I and upon arrival to the site, my husband started the car. In park, it raced as though the pedal was to the floor although we verified it was in fact in it's normal position when no pressure is applied. After smacking it with his foot very hard a few times the engine seemed to normalize. This was a very scary experience for my daughter.

- Crystal Lake, IL, USA

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