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 2 of 24)

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problem #455

Oct 302015


  • 111,283 miles


While driving 40 mph my car suddenly excellerated to a very high rate of speed I was on a city street with very few cars at the time but became frightened because the brakes seemed inoperable I had to press very hard and finally the car slowed but this is the second time this has happened in a week I'm afraid to drive it the car has 111200 miles but has been serviced constantly by the Ford dealerships.

- Washingtonville, NY, USA

problem #454

Sep 012015


  • 147,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. While operating the vehicle, the engine would suddenly rev very high and the RPM's increased without the driver pressing the accelerator pedal. While driving at various speeds, the vehicle experienced unintended acceleration. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the ignition coil, idler air control valve, and oxygen sensor were faulty and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired, but the failure continued. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 147,000.

- Chicago, IL, USA

problem #453

Sep 072015


  • 129,000 miles
As I tried to slow for a traffic light, the car continued to accelerate. I managed to bring it to a stop with the brake, but the engine continued to rev and I could barely keep it from lurching forward. I tapped on the accelerator and the engine went back to normal. At the next light, it did it again. This time I put the car in park and the engine revved to 4000 RPM. I turned the car off, but when I turned it back on, the engine was still at 4000 RPM. I tapped on the accelerator a couple of times and it went back to normal again.

- Charleston, WV, USA

problem #452

Sep 022015


  • 101,500 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle accelerated to 40 mph without the accelerator pedal being depressed. The contact stated that the brake pedal had to be depressed with excessive force and the vehicle needed to be shifted into neutral in order to come to a stop. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 101,500.

- Lexington, VA, USA

problem #451

Jul 152015


  • 181,000 miles
As the car gets to about 35-40mph it begins to accelerate causing me to have to tap several times the brake to disengage. The cars accelerator will also many times, stick as if its in cruise control, but the cruise control is off. This week I googled how to fix and saw many complaints, recall on almost 500,000 Ford Taurus as well as your pursuit to resolve. I would need it fixed before something serious occurs. Thank you gor uour consideration.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #450

Jul 092015


  • 107,000 miles
This is my second complaint on the same problem. In the past week my car started accelerating with the rpms up to 4000. The first time I was able to pull over and put it in neutral. While in neutral I revved the gas but it took a few times before the rpms reverted to normal. I experienced this in the past a few years ago and made a similar complaint. My mechanic replaced the cable and I sent it in to be analyzed. I called my mechanic today and he is sure it is the same problem because it happened again while if was exiting an off ramp from the expressway. This time I put it in neutral again and pressed the gas pedal hard twice and the engine when to normal. This is obviously a defect and a safety issue. I am just happy it is not winter so I have a better chance of controlling this obviously defective vehicle. I am concerned that nothing was done initially and even if I wanted to sell this car I would not want anyone to experience this potentially harmful problem. I am getting this repaired again but I am disappointed that this problem is not important enough to recall.

- Crown Point, IN, USA

problem #449

Oct 152014


  • 55,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle began to accelerate independently. The contact mentioned that the failure was temporarily remedied by shifting into neutral and engaging the accelerator pedal. The contact stated that the failure had recurred sporadically for approximately one year. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 55,000. MA 10/5

- Claymont, DE, USA

problem #448

Jul 052015

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 108,235 miles
20150705 0940 as I was driving about 25-30 mph the car started accelerating on its on, I tapped on the brakes, there were no deceleration of the vehicle, as the car continued to accelerate. As I was coming to my left hand turn approaching other vehicles I realize that I was not going to be able to stop the car as long as the car keeps accelerating, therefore I executed the turn prematurely to avoid a possible accident. As I entered onto the street I turned on to I pumped the brakes several times and the car continued to accelerate. I continued to press the brakes and slowing the car to about 5 mph and released the brakes and the car taken off again. I placed the car in neutral and revved the engine several times and the engine speed came back down to idle.I just had the vehicle at the butch oustalet Ford dealership (20150512 with a written and oral description of the problems with the acceleration, engine shut-off, stalling. I was contacting by them informing me about the cruise control cable, windshield wiper water hose broken as well as bill for over $1000 to repair.as I researched online last night to find out there has been a issue related for this same problem, and that NHTSA has contacted Ford about this, but given them the opportunity to handle it in-house, a recall was never issued of this potentially death trap at the cost of the consumer.on the invoice there is a limited warranty for certain parts, but there is no warranty for misdiagnosing, wrongful charge, intentional fraud and abuse of customer expectation, not to mention integrity of the dealership.what I have read online regarding NHTSA investigation is, it is going to take several deaths related to this issue before positive corrective matters are taken before the consumers receive the justice that is needed.1965 mustang issues, still in denial.

- Biloxi, MS, USA

problem #447

May 292015


  • 100,000 miles
I was driving on a country road with curves and hills. My car began racing ahead, even though I wasn't pressing harder on the accelerator. I took my foot off the accelerator and it surged uphill, I braked but the engine pulled hard speeding up even faster. I was in drive, but shifted to 1 (low). There was no where to pull over, I managed to make it home and call my mechanic. He replaced the ignition coil and the problem went away until June 26th (while I was away from home on a long distance trip). There would be acceleration and when the floor mat was pulled away and the accelerator pedal was pushed up from underneath with the foot, the problem would go away. This was intermittent between June 26 - July 1. on July 2nd, we were in san francisco in bumper to bumper traffic, when the car would pull ahead, pressing hard on the brake I could barely keep the car from hitting the car in front of me. Finally, I managed to pull over and park. When I turned the engine off and back on again, it no longer revved up (3,000 - 4,200 RPM). We drove for 45 minutes, then the same problem started again. We pulled over and got a tow to a mechanic. The mechanic checked everything (including the cruise control cable, accelerator cable, and throttle) he found intermittent problems with (I think, it was a long scary day yesterday and the car is at the mechanics with the paperwork) the throttle (not throttle cable). I had him replace the throttle and halfway home from san francisco, it began revving and racing ahead, brakes were applied, but we could smell the brake pads burning, we were able to pull off safely without incident. After allowing the car to rest for almost 2 hours, it was still revving between 3,000-4,200 RPM's, with an intermittent "thump" lurch. I'm afraid to drive it, I feel like my life is in danger in this car. *mileage listed above is approximate*

- San Andreas, CA, USA

problem #446

Jun 202015


  • 149,000 miles
Car accelerated without pushing on the gas pedal. Unable to get the acceleration to stop until the car was shut off. After parking, I found that the cruise control clip had come off the throttle... updated 09/30/15

- Rochester, MN, USA

problem #445

Jun 212015


  • miles


Hello, this is the second time this car's accelerator petal went out of control (Ford Taurus). On yesterday, I had my daughter in the car and the car started to accelerate on it's on faster, faster and faster. It was so scary my daughter said mommy you are shaking. Even while holding the breaks down I was able to slow it down but the car was still moving. This happened previously about 8 months or so ago. That incident was really bad. I had to call 911 while driving down the road unable to stop the vehicle. As I was sliding on my breaks I almost got hit in the back as well as almost hit someone else. This happened in a high speed busy traffice area. I took the car back to the dealer. They told me it was nothing they could do. They first charged me over a hundred dollars to look at it. Then when he did a test drive he refunded my money. I still owe a great deal of money on the car. So, I can't afford pay the car note and purchase a new car. I had contacted the Ford corporate office. They inform me that not enough fatalities have taken place for them to recall the vehicle. I am unable to go to work and have no way of getting there and no money to pay this car off and purchase a new card. I contacted performance Ford on S. blvd in charlotte during the previous incident. They were nice but sent me home with the same car and now the issues are back again. I am terrified to drive my car, recently divorced with a daughter and college. Can someone please help me.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #444

Apr 212014


  • 78,346 miles
The car was accelerating on its own. So we had a mechanic fix it he replaced the throttle cable. Approximately 4 months later it started doing it again. The car accelerated and my daughter hit a car in front of her. Gorno Ford fixed the car they replaced the throttle cable agene. That was around May 3, 2015 that they fixed the car. Around June 12, the car accelerated and I could not stop the car and I hit the care in front of me. I called gorno Ford but they said that they could not do any thing to help me. Even though the fixed the car.

- Wyandotte , MI, USA

problem #443

May 252015


  • 74,700 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the engine rpms increased excessively without warning. In addition, while driving approximately 45 mph, the vehicle suddenly surged forward to a speed of 70 mph or higher. The contact had to shift the vehicle into neutral and then park to maneuver the accelerator pedal and the brake pedal to prevent the failure from recurring. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 74,700.

- Bradenton, FL, USA

problem #442

May 182013


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. While driving at various speeds or while idling, the vehicle would rev and attempt to accelerate. The contact attempted to shift the vehicle into neutral position, but it continued to rev. The vehicle would only resume normal function after it was restarted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic. The technician diagnosed that the cruise control cable was loose and strapped up the cable so it would not loosen again. The failure continued to occur. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Dubuque, ID, USA

problem #441

Apr 212015


  • 129,000 miles
My daughter-in-law was using the car going approx. 30mph, when she attempted to break, but the car would not slow down and the acceleration remained constant (there was no deceleration until the rpms randomly lowered after flooring the breaks for a considerable period of time) almost causing an accident with the car in front. I then had the car checked out and received throttle body work, totaling approx $450 including labor. The condition of the car had not changed, upon arriving at my home there was a strong smell of burnt rubber and smoke rising from the front right hood of the car. I then contacted Ford and was told to get an appointment with a local dealership.

- Norristown, PA, USA

problem #440

Mar 232015


  • 156,000 miles
Accelerated on its own. Reached a speed of 60 mph on busy highway. Was unable to brake but was able to pull over and put the car in park. After looking under the hood, noticed the cruise control cable had come off. Almost had a collision. Very dangerous!

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #439

Mar 112015


  • 87,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. While driving at approximately 65 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently without any warning. The contact had to engage the emergency brake in order to bring the vehicle to a complete stop. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the throttle needed replacement. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 87,000.

- Forest City, NC, USA

problem #438

Feb 172015

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 92,000 miles
My daughter was driving down the road going 35 mph, when there was sudden acceleration and the pedal got stuck. The engine was at about 4,000 RPM. There was no traffic, so she was able to pull over and shut the car off, however, it was extremely difficult for her to brake. This is the second time this has happened, and we recently had the transmission and the accelerator wiring replaced.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #437

Dec 182014


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 25 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently without warning. The contact depressed the brake pedal on several occasions and activated the emergency brake until the vehicle stopped. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence and was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000. The VIN was not available.

- Louiseville, KY, USA

problem #436

Jan 012015


  • 130,000 miles
I have a 05 Ford Taurus with the same exact symptoms as the previous year Taurus had wich lead to a recall. My cruise control cable will come off the throttle body holding the throttle open and revving at 4 grand when pit in neutral to resolve the issue. After a week of disputing with the car dealership, they finally fixed it at no charge.

- Louisville, KY, USA

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