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 3 of 24)

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problem #435

Jan 072015

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 41,320 miles


This happened on 3 separate occasions when slowing to stop for a light or because of traffic. The engine would rev and feel like it was putting out more power than it should. If I had bad brakes, I would definitely have hit someone. I would either shift the car into neutral or park and the rpms would shoot up to 4. I had to pump the gas a few times to get it to return to normal. I took it to a repair shop and they diagnosed it as a faulty idle speed motor that was sticking and causing the throttle to be stuck wide open.

- Newark, DE, USA

problem #434

Jan 142015


  • 63,493 miles
The gas pedal was stuck and I could not slow down, I put the car in neutral and stepped on the gas pedal hard and the rpms lowered and I could drive normal again, I did a search on the internet and the speed control cable is the cause, sure enough I looked under the hood after my search and it was disconnected and was interfering with the throttle.

- Burnsville, MN, USA

problem #433

Jan 112015


  • 91,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. While driving 45 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently to 60 mph. The contact was able to stop the vehicle on the side of the road by shifting into neutral. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the throttle body needed to be cleaned. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 91,000.

- New Port Richey , FL, USA

problem #432

Nov 012014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 91,000 miles


My car continued to accelerate on its own.

- Round Rock, TX, USA

problem #431

Dec 282014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 143,000 miles
My car continued to accelerate on its own.

- Malvern, PA, USA

problem #430

Dec 152014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 86,000 miles
Gas peddle stuck causing car to accelerate. Had to apply brake with force and press accelerator to floorboard to get it to unstick. Could have caused a serious wreck.

- Decatur, AL, USA

problem #429

Nov 052001

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles


As soon as the weather cools in the fall my car speeds up on its own, sometimes I have had to have one foot on the gas pedal and one on the brake. This is dangerous. I try to get a ride with someone else, but I need it fixed and I believe the car should be recalled.

- Sparta, TN, USA

problem #428

Sep 012014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 124,000 miles
Car has issues of sudden acceleration, seems like a stick in gas pedal, noticed when speed reaches between 40 and 45 mph and then when speed is reached at 65 mph. No explanation for sudden acceleration. Does not happen every time car is driven. Had taken to dealership and they could not get acceleration issue to happen with them. Had checked out 2 times, both times, nothing found. Scary when you think you will not be able to stop car when acceleration happens. Issue started all of a sudden, first time the first of September, never had any other issues with my Taurus, acceleration happened two times in the past week, stood up on brake and was able to stop, but car seemed that it wanted to creep down the road, tried tapping gas pedal to see if it would unstick, didn't work. Had to throw in park and cut off ignition. I love my Taurus, but I'm really scared to drive it now. I checked to see if recalls were listed for it, but there wasn't. service manager at dealership states they were no recalls listed. Seems you can't find cars without some type of issue now. Recalls, recalls, recalls, or matters that are in being investigated, manufacturers don't investigate issues reported by public until there has been a serious injury or death due to safety issue with vehicles.

- Pell City, AL, USA

problem #427

Oct 082014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
On the afternoon of 10/08/2014, owner's spouse was operating said vehicle on a country road. She had just stopped at a stop sign, accelerated and turned onto a state highway. When the vehicle reached approximately 40mph, vehicle began quickly accelerating on it's own. Car reached 80mph. In a panic, driver didn't know what to do, so she pressed on the brakes as hard as she could but could only get the vehicle to slow to approximately 40mph. Driver made a quick decision and turned into a driveway, shut vehicle off and put it in park. Driver called husband. Husband told driver to turn on car. Car revved up to approximately 5000rpm. Husband told driver to put the car in neutral and punch on the accelerator a couple of times. This brought RPM back to normal. This was an extremely dangerous situation, as driver didn't know exactly what to do in this instance and there were many other vehicles on the road. Driver just got lucky that she did the right thing. This happens to the car daily. This evening, owner's son checked under the hood and found the cruise control cable was unhooked due to a broken bracket. This evening, owner's spouse checked the internet for possible causes. Exact cause was found but couldn't find any recalls for this specific problem. Son said to unhook the cruise control module. Will see if this solves the problem.

- Cridersville, OH, USA

problem #426

Oct 072014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 110,900 miles
Car accelerates suddenly and RPM stay at 1500rpms when in drive and go up to 3000 to 4000 RPM when in neutral or park. Vehicle has to be pulled over and engine turned off to be able to drive it again. This incident has happened twice in the past 4 days.

- Cicero , IL, USA

problem #425

Oct 032014


  • 97,300 miles


While driving through a residential area my car began to accelerate uncontrollably. I had to keep my foot on the break to maintain the 25 mph speed limit and had difficulty coming to a complete stop.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #424

Sep 262014


  • 87,000 miles
The accelerator on my 05 Taurus appeared to have gotten stuck. The accelerated on its own without me applying pressure on the gas pedal. I was able to safely get off the road but this appears to be a known issue with this vehicle and Ford is doing nothing about it.....

- Farmingdale , NY, USA

problem #423

May 012013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 40,129 miles
While driving at a safe speed, was starting to slow down to make turn, engine accelerated on its own, lucky my husband was with me and told me to put in neutral and put foot on gas hard and short to stop the acceleration, which I did. This happened and I took the car to dealer to be repaired.May 7,2013. The dealer replaced the cruise control servo cable. All was working well until now as of August 2014, it is now accelerating on its own again. Why is this happening again as it was repaired a year ago?

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #422

Feb 182014


  • 60,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently. The contact mentioned that when the vehicle was started it would rev. On one occasion, the vehicle was turned on and jerked forward, crashing into a pedestrian that was standing in front of the vehicle. The contact did not indicate if the pedestrian was injured. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000.

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #421

Jul 032012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 69,000 miles
I was traveling on a city road when I noticed my speed kept increasing. I had to keep braking to slow it down. It has happened more than once. The most scary part is when I was traveling down a highway going 60 mph when it started speeding up on its own. I even took my foot off the gas pedal and it still kept increasing speed. It was over 70 and still going. I managed to slow it down (very hard to do, afraid the brakes would fail). Turning it off did no good. When I started it up again, it was still racing. I kicked it down and went on my way. I do not use my cruise control at all. I have very low mileage for the age of my car. When I start my car up after it's been sitting for a while, the engine races. I give it a minute to rev down and then go on my way. This has happened at least a dozen times over the past two yrs. It makes me afraid to go fast at all.

- Akron, OH, USA

problem #420

Aug 032014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 148,000 miles
I was traveling at about 35 to 40 mph when suddenly the engine started increasing RPM's and the vehicle began accelerating on its own. It made the vehicle hard to stop. It does not occur every time I drive but has happened 4-5 times and is becoming more frequent.

- Bristol, TN, USA

problem #419

Aug 222014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 85,000 miles
Was driving on road and car suddenly accelerated on its own. Vehicle difficult to stop until gas pedal was stomped on. This has happened several times. Also the cruise control does not work. This is horrifying, when it happens as the engine goes faster. This can easily cause an accident!

- South Euclid, OH, USA

problem #418

Aug 152010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 75,000 miles
You would accelerate up to speed, then after taking your foot off the accelerator the car kept at that speed.the cruise control was not on. This happened multiple times, I would put the car in neutral and press the accelerator to bring it back to normal. Had it fixed by independent mechanic and was told the cruise control was getting caught. I just called Ford Motor Co because it is happening again at 194000 miles.was told they know nothing about the problem.very dangerous when this occurs.

- Groton, MA, USA

problem #417

Jul 142014


  • 150,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle independently accelerated to 50 mph without warning. The contact also stated that while the vehicle was in park the vehicle would rev up to 4000 RPM. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The VIN was unavailable. The approximately failure mileage was 150,000.

- Landisville, PA, USA

problem #416

Aug 022014


  • 130,000 miles
My 2005 Ford Taurus experienced sudden acceleration last night when I was turning into a parking lot. The engine revved up to about 4,000 RPM and I had to apply the brakes to try and keep the car from speeding up. I was able to park the car and turn it off. When I started it again, in park, the engine immediately sped up to about 4,000 RPM again, with no pressure on the gas pedal. When I tapped the gas pedal, the engine slowed back down to normal. I have not tried to drive it again since then.

- Greenbelt, MD, USA

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