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 22 of 24)

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problem #55

Jan 102012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 80,212 miles


My cruiser control stopped working and I did not have time to get it fixed since I do not use it very often. Some days later when I was driving back from work, I pushed the brakes to stop at a stop sign and my car continued to accelerate by itself. When I started driving again, the acceleration continued even not touching the gas pedal. I bumped the pedal few times and the problem was still there. I had to put the car in neutral (I head the motor revs were still there) and them place it in drive mode again and bump the pedal again and them the problem stopped. It happened 3 or 4 times total in 2 months.

- Charlevoix, MI, USA

problem #54

Feb 072012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
Was driving down the interstate, trying to slow down to get off at an exit, and the car would not slow down, and the engine was revved. Finally stopped the car, and looked under the hood, and there was a piece of plastic holding the throttle open.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #53

Jun 042011


  • 120,000 miles
We were driving home from a concert in Washington DC and I noticed that the car seemed to want to go by itself and continued to speed up even though I had taken my foot off the accelerator. We got into heavy traffic and it was difficult to stop the car. I put it in park and turned the car off. I then pulled out of traffic and drove the rest of the way home on back roads to avoid the heavy traffic. Again the car seemed to speed up on its own and I had to hold the brake to avoid going too fast. At one point I pulled into the gas station and turned the car off again and when I restarted it the problem appeared to have gone away. The next morning we looked at the car and found that the cruise control cable was broken and catching the throttle.

- Imperial, PA, USA

problem #52

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 #51

Nov 012011


  • 45,000 miles
Going 35mph I noticed the car kept going faster. I thought gas pedal was stuck and tried to get foot under it to pry it up and noticed it was floppy. I then tried to pump brakes and car would not slow. I made it through green light intersection but when car stopped in front of me I put car in neutral. By this time I was totally panicked, there was no place to pull over so I rode brakes the rest of the way home, pulled in driveway and shut engine off and brakes were stinking. When my husband started it later and drove to repair garage they told us the cruise control clip broke off and caused it to stick till it reset itself. When I called the Ford dealer first, they said they could not do anything because the gas pedal was not sticking. Needless to say I had $1500 work done on engine that had a horrible noise from day one after incident. Being a 61 year old female I'm scared to drive over 40mph because I'm afraid it will do this again.

- Independence, MO, USA

problem #50

Feb 102012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles
While driving with the cruise control on, I stepped on the brakes to prepare to exit a freeway. Upon tapping on the brakes the car continued to drive as if the cruise was still on. I realized the cruise control had not shut off upon stepping on the brakes. Exiting the freeway at 60 mph was not what I was intending to do. I quickly put the car in neutral and the engine revved up. I pushed the off button for the cruise control which did nothing. I noticed the accelerator felt like it was stuck. I tapped it a few times and it came loose. The engine idled down. I referenced several websites to find people who had similar issues. Many stated that the cruise control cable will brake and wrap around the accelerator causing it to stick. This is obviously a safety issue that needs to be looked into.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #49

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 #48

Jan 062012


  • 58,870 miles
My daughter called me frantic when the car started accelerating by itself when driving about 35mph. She managed to slow down the vehicle with the brakes and went to a near parking lot. She put the car in park and the engine was at about 4000 RPM and then she turned off the car. When I arrived 20min later I started the car and the engine was indeed at 4000rpm while in park. I tap twice on the gas pedal and the engine went back to normal range (below 1000). I decided to drive it home. During that drive about 6 miles the car repeated the incident. I went to the side of the road and tap on the gas pedal and again unstuck the pedal. Next day I found that the cruise control cable was disconnected at the throttle cam. I reconnected it but when I asked my kid to rev up the engine it came out again and blocked the throttle cam from returning all the way and stuck at high RPM. The cruise control cable got replaced and issued is solved.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #47

Jan 062012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
I was driving my Ford Taurus at about 30 mph when the vehicle unexpectedly accelerated up to 45 mph even after releasing the gas pedal completely. Brakes slow the car but with more resistance than usual, and manually parking and restarting did not help the problem. I was able to drive about 5 miles home without ever touching the gas, but often having to ride the brakes. The engine revs very high (about 3,00rpm) even in park. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic but the vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was apx 140,000. I dont know how this can pass without a recall as I read of many other instances of this with my year, make and model.

- Ann Arbor, MI, USA

problem #46

Dec 202011


  • 80,000 miles
I was driving down a very busy intersection when I notice that the car was accelerating without my foot on the gas pedal. I tried to place my foot on the gas pedal but the car kept going. My husband and I were terrified. I pulled to the side and placed the car in park. Once I did that the rpms raised to about 4. I was so scared that the engine was going to blow I quickly cut the car off. I sat for 5 minutes and tried to restart the car again the rpms shot up to 4 again. Fearing that I could kill myself or someone I just left the car on the side of the road. Please someone help get Ford attention before someone dies!!!!!!

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #45

Nov 272011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 132,400 miles


Stopped at light, car started to rev RPM's. could not hold on brakes enough to stop moving. Went through red light around two cars as speed reached about 70mph. Both feet on brakes, could smell them burning, got to side of road and slammed into park and turned car off. Wow, the scariest thing I have ever experienced. If there was heavy traffic someone would have been killed, no doubt in my mind.happened on thruway two weeks earlier, only lasted a minute, thought the mat was stuck, it was not. Called Ford and they could not help as there is no recall. Took it to Ford dealer, they disconnect crusie cable. Don't know if this was really the problem, just got it back. I am very fearful to drive it, because you never know when it will do it again. Please someone make Ford wake up about this problem before someone is killed. I wouldn't feel right trading it in, for fear of someone else getting killed.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #44

Sep 142011


  • 81,600 miles
I just recently purchased a 2005 Ford Taurus and it was running fine for like 2 days. Then the cruise stopped working a few days later the accelerator began to stick. I was going about 30 and suddenly the car began to take off on its own and I nearly hit the car in front of me. I had to steer off the road and pressing the brakes was very hard. This seems to be a trend for the car and is extremely dangerous!! someone should not have to die for this to be recalled!!

- Lake Charles, LA, USA

problem #43

May 182011


  • 47,500 miles
Vehicle started accelerating at various times, tapping the accelerator seemed to help. Took the car twice to the same Ford dealership, they cleaned the idle control motor because it was dirty. Ford said if it acts up again the idle control would have to be replaced. I decided to take it to another non-Ford mechanic and within (2) minutes he had the answer. The cruise control was hanging open on the throttle plate. I had him disconnect the cruise control, believe me, I was very apprehensive about this. In the mean time I had them order another cruise control cable. It took about a week to arrive, but I had no sudden accelerations what so ever. I decided not to have the new one put on. It is now September, and I have had no sudden accelerations since mid May. I wanted to be certain that this was the obvious answer to this problem before I filed a complaint.

- Felch, MI, USA

problem #42

Sep 032011


  • 68,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact was driving 30 mph when the vehicle unexpectedly accelerated up to 65 mph despite the brakes being depressed. The failure was temporarily resolved when the engine was manually shutdown and restarted. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic but the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 68,000 and the current mileage was 68,120.

- Morrisville, PA, USA

problem #41

Aug 292011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 42,100 miles
In the past three months, I have experienced a "sticking accelerator" 8-10 times while driving my 1995 Ford Taurus. While at speeds in the 35-40 mph range, I become aware that the car is accelerating; when I take my foot off the accelerator the car continues to slowly accelerate. Applying the brake does not relieve the condition, and it is very difficult to bring the car to a stop. Shifting from drive to neutral results in the engine running up to more than 4000 RPM. On some occasions, tapping the accelerator pedal several times clears the problem, and the engine goes back to a normal idle speed. On other occasions, I have had to go into park and turn off the ignition key. When restarting, the engine seems to act normal. My local garage diagnosed the problem as a fault in the cruise control. I have had them disconnect the cruise control. In checking on-line, it appears this problem has occurred to a number of others with the same car.

- Western Springs, IL, USA

problem #40

May 162011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 60,015 miles
Car accelerates on it's own for no reason at all. We have had it to two separate mechanics, which one was able to make it stop for about a week. Now it is back doing the very same thing and so dangerous we cannot drive it. Car only has 60000 miles and should not be reacting in such a dangerous manner. If there isn't a recall there should be!

- Evans, CO, USA

problem #39

Aug 092011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving approximately 50 mph with the cruise control engaged, the vehicle suddenly accelerated up to 60 mph. The tachometer began to display a very high reading and the contact applied the brakes. The brakes would not disengage the cruise control, but the vehicle began to decelerate. The contact also stated that it was very difficult to stop the vehicle because the engine continued to rev. The vehicle was eventually pulled over to the side of the road and shut off. Upon restart, the engine continued to rev. The vehicle was driven safely to an authorized dealer, where the throttle body and the cruise control cable were repaired. The failure mileage was 79,000. The consumer stated when restarting the vehicle, with the gear in park and the parking brake engaged, the vehicle tried to accelerate in a wild manner, reaching five on the tachometer, but the vehicle remained in its position due to the precautions, she took prior to restarting it. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technicians were unable to get the cruise control to engage. However, later on in the day, the cruise control finally engaged. Updated 12/30/11

- Rodchester Hills , MI, USA

problem #38

Jul 082011


  • 103,000 miles
While in parking lot, car suddenly accelerated without touching the gas pedal. Held the brakes to keep car from moving and put the car in neutral. When I put the car in neutral, the rpms when up to 7000, gas pedal was not being touched. After I got the car stopped and while in neutral, I quickly pumped the gas pedal once and the engine came back down to idle. This has happened on the highway as well. I am surprised by the many reports of this on the Ford Taurus that it isn't a recall. This is the same type of issue Toyota had. Sudden acceleration. Does someone have to die before this gets recalled?

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #37

Jun 132011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 82,735 miles
2005 Ford Taurus had uncommanded acceleration with stuck throttle. Found cruise control cable disconnected and jammed at throttle body. Also found sticking throttle body. Replaced cable and throttle body. No assistance from Ford or local dealer.

- Sumner, WA, USA

problem #36

May 272011


  • 63,600 miles
While sitting at a stop light I felt the car trying to lunge forward. When the light turned green and I slowly released my foot from the break the car began to accelerate and move on its own without me stepping on the gas pedal. I had difficulty stopping the car completely and pulled to the side of the road and put the vehicle in park. The car started revving up and becoming very loud. I put the car back into drive and the car drove on its own. This happened again today, but the acceleration speed was more aggressive this time, I pulled over into a empty parking lot I was too afraid to be behind another vehicle because although the brakes were working I had to press all the way down to floor to get them to stop the vehicle completely. What's even worse is now my car has started to accelerate in reverse as well. After seeing the same complaint over and over on this site I do not know why the car has not been recall. This is very dangerous. I felt afraid for my life! and by the way last week I made my final car payment for this car and just days later this happened!

- Conyers, GA, USA

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