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 18 of 24)

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problem #135

Mar 222012


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph and without warning, the vehicle accelerated abnormally. The contact noticed that the accelerator pedal had become stuck and caused the throttle to remain open. The vehicle was shifted into neutral and turned off. Once restarted, the failure recurred. The contact stated that the vehicle could not be moved because the throttle remained stuck. The vehicle was neither diagnosed nor repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure and the current mileage was 100,000.

- Guntersville, AL, USA

problem #134

Mar 162011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
At about 50 miles per hour car would start speeding up even with accelerator pedal not being touched. Had to brake hard or to press hard on gas pedal to slow down. Went to raisor Ford dealer in lafayette and had to have a new throttle body replaced with linkages. This was very dangerous until repaired.

- Frankfort, IN, USA

problem #133

Feb 072012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 92,159 miles
This incident first happened while I was pulling into a parking spot and since many times. The car gets stuck in full throttle and sometimes impossible to stop I have to throw into neutral to keep from slamming into vehicles, it has torn up my new brake pads that I put on in the fall. It will be fine for a period of time then all of sudden out of no where the car will get stuck in full throttle. I have been told by a Ford mechanic that this is a common issue.

- Mishawaka, IN, USA

problem #132

Apr 042011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles


My daughter reported that her 2005 Taurus excel seated for no reason. This has happened several times. The last time there was a near accident but she managed to get to the side of the road. Vehicles RPM went to 4000 and she had to push hard on the brakes until stopped. Vehicles on the highway were stopped suddenly in front of her at the time. I was just on a site and found more than 110 complaints for the same thing. This is very dangerous for a 17 year old driver. Please help.

- Spring Lake, MI, USA

problem #131

Jul 012011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
I first notice that the cruise control had stop working after that a little while later I would be driving along and the car would pick up speed on its own I would press the brake but that wouldn't slow it down so I hit the gas petal and finally the speed would drop. I feel so unsafe what if this is to happen on a rainy or icy day I could hurt myself or someone else what can I do that's not going to be costly?

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #130

Dec 262011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving, went to brake to slow down for traffic, throttle appeared to be stuck., took foot off of brake car accelerated on its own to 70 mph. Took car to local dealership, they determined it was not the throttle, but a defective cruise control cable, it would hold the throttle open.

- Newark, OH, USA

problem #129

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 #128

Mar 102012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
I was driving at approximately 40 mph when I was approaching a red light. I took my foot off the gas pedal and hit the brakes and had to used two feet to stop the car. The motor was still trying to drive me forward. I reached down and pulled the gas pedal up and the engine slowed down. This was a one time occurrence for me so far, but I read the issues with the Taurus cruise control and was wondering if this has anything to do with that issue? I did not have the cruise on during the incident and it does not even work at this point. It just stopped working about 6 months ago.

- Lake View, NY, USA

problem #127

Mar 192011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
While driving the car just accelerated on its own and the cruise control quit working. To date the cruise control still doesn't work and the accelerator will go on its own.

- Portersville, PA, USA

problem #126

Nov 232011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 102,500 miles
A member of my family was approaching a regulated intersection and slowing down in the left turn lane. The traffic light was red. His foot was on the brake and he was slowing down but felt the engine still revving. He checked the tachometer and saw it was around 3000 RPM. He stopped, held his foot on the brake, shifted into neutral and repeatedly tapped the accelerator. After a few taps, the throttle "released" and the engine resumed a normal idle. He proceeded to drive home about 1/2 mile with no further incident. Earlier on the drive that same day, he noted that the speed control was not working. Once the vehicle was home, we took off the cover near the throttle assembly and discovered that the cable from the vehicle speed control system had come off the throttle at its attachment point. I also noticed that the cable end is held onto the throttle arm with a plastic detent. It was very easy to put the cable end onto the throttle assembly and was also quite easy to remove it (required very little force). Because we were not able to simulate the incident it is not possible to be sure of the cause. But one very likely cause is the speed control cable being in the pathway of the throttle arm as it rotates to allow the throttle to reach idle location. If it got in the way, the result likely would have been as noted above. Prior to this incident, there had been no indication of throttle sticking.

- Wilmington, DE, USA

problem #125

Oct 012010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles


The accelerator would continue to race after I remove my foot from the pedal. I have to pump the pedal for it to stop accelerating. The cruise also would stop working about the same time. What was happening was the cruise cable was getting in the way of the throttle and making it stick. I just had this repaired at a dealership.

- Lake Wales, FL, USA

problem #124

Mar 142007


  • miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle had suffered from an intermittent unintended acceleration failure for the past ten years. The contact stated that when the failure occurred, the vehicle would be stopped and there would be an increase in the engine rpms. The contact had to apply heavy pressure to the brake pedal to keep the vehicle stopped. The vehicle had been to the dealer three times, but the dealer could never diagnose a failure. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 110,000.

- Collegeville, PA, USA

problem #123

Mar 152012


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that upon removing his foot from the brake pedal, the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The contact immediately shifted into neutral and applied the brakes. The contact had to tap the accelerator pedal in order to reduce the engine rpms. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 91,000.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #122

Sep 152011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 71,915 miles
Driving down expressway and car began to speed up on its own. Could not get it to slow down. Had to put car in neutral and pull into emergency lane. I then turned car off and was able to stop. Had to be towed to shop. Throttle was fixed.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #121

Mar 042012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
Was on the interstate with speed control set to 70 mph it started about 45 min in to my trip to look like I was going to fast so I looked down I was going 85 mph so I tried to disengage and it would not hit brakes to try to dis engage it would not so I shut the car off and put in neutral when I got stopped I got under the hood and removed the cable from the throttle body for the cruise and I do believe it damaged my transmission when I shut the car off and let it roll my transmission is jerking now also another issue to look in to on the 2004 to 2007 Taurus is the clock spring for the airbag in the steering wheel I know several people who have had failures and mine is failing now it sounds like it is broke when you turn the steering wheel you get a sound like theirs is a loose bearing floating around also it has jammed on me where I had to jerk it and made a pop sound real hard to turn the wheel while making a turn I missed hitting another car by 2 foot.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #120

Nov 202008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 47,000 miles
This failure date is actually the first of 2 failures. The first failure resulted in the cruise just being inoperative. The Ford dealer replaced the cable and everything was fine until at approximately 87000 mi during November of last year. This time the cable unhooked again holding the throttle open this time causing my wife to have to stand on the brake to stop the car. When she put it in park the engine idled at approximatelly 3500 RPM. We took it to the dealer and demonstrated to the service manager how the clip on end of cruise cable held the throttle open. He agreed that this condition was unsafe. He recommended changing the cable again at our expense. We declined. No point in putting a part on that is going to fail based on the history and possibly cause an accident next time. Repaired it myself by pinning the clip so it can not come apart again.

- Bourbon , IN, USA

problem #119

Nov 012011


  • 148,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 60 mph with the cruise control activated, the contact depressed the brakes but the vehicle continued to accelerate. The failure also occurred when the cruise control was not being utilized. The engine began to race and the rpms increased to approximately 5000. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnostics but the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. There was an investigation under NHTSA action number: PE12005 (vehicle speed control:cables) that could have been related to the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 148,000.

- Janesville, IA, USA

problem #118

Dec 052011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
I am one of those people who are having a problem with the cruise control and/or accelerator sticking while driving. My problems started on December 5, 2011. I work for Ford, and was on my way to work at Michigan assembly. I pulled up to a stoplight on us-12 about 8 am, and my car was idling at 3800 RPM! it seemed that something let go after that. Since then, it has stuck here and there. I almost hit a SUV in front of me yesterday, and almost blew through a stoplight the night before on the way home. I had to literally stand on the brakes! I have done a little research, and believe that the problem is more than just a sticking cable. I unplugged the connection from the brain box to the servo, and that seemed to alleviate the problem somewhat. Unfortunately, it also eliminates the horn! blipping the accelerator sometimes helps, but the other day when I did it, the pedal felt mushy and unresponsive for the three times that it stuck. I think that Ford should replace the whole assembly in anyone's car that has experienced this problem. It can be very dangerous! it seems that the components wear out after so many years. Due to vibration or environment, I'm not sure. I have replaced every sensor in the intake tract. I took it to a garage last week. They had it for a full day, did a compression test, and scanned the computer 3 times. They could not find any vacuum leaks. It still idles at 550 RPM, as it has since December 2011, instead of the normal 800 RPM that the computer insists that it is idling at!

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #117

Jul 072011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 66,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. While traveling 50 mph, the contact noticed that the vehicle had suddenly begun to accelerate and the accelerator pedal lost all pressure. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where the throttle body gasket and cruise control cable were replaced. The failure mileage was 66,000 and the current mileage was 75,000. Updated 07/10/12 the consumer stated the accelertor issue was addressed several times in 2010. Updated 07/11/12

- Quakertown, PA, USA

problem #116

Feb 012012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
My wife has complained to me several times about the car just increases speed by itself to the point it get nearly out of control. She said she almost cannot stop it with the brakes when it does this. She puts it into neutral and the RPM gauge goes to over 4000. She has had into a garage to have it checked and they found nothing other than the cruise control cable was loose and needed to be secured. When we got this car the cruise worked. I drove it for several days after she complained of this problem. I couldn't get it to do it for me but the cruise control is no longer functioning. I finally got it to show some form of self increasing speed as I would go up a hill. I tried it a couple of times and it would increase speed on its own. I tapped the accelerator and it seems to stop increasing speed. I am a very experienced driver where my wife is not. I could see where this could happen and panic could set in quickly. She was very panicked and refused to drive it for awhile.

- Johnson City, NY, USA

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