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 9 of 24)

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problem #315

Apr 252013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 103,000 miles


Driving in a neighborhood at 30mph, while going up a steep hill car suddenly accelerated, attempt to brake was unsuccessful, put in neutral and shut off ignition causing car to go back down hill into a building.

- Lunenburg, MA, USA

problem #314

May 102013


  • 9,739 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning. The contact quickly applied the brakes and stopped the vehicle. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer for diagnostic testing, which determined that two metal brackets for the curse control were fractured. The dealer replaced the speed control cable. The failure mileage was 9,739.

- Castanea, PA, USA

problem #313

May 072013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 74,777 miles
Car began to accelerate on its own and would not slow down when foot was removed from gas. It responded to the brake, but then revved up to 3000 RPM on its own, with my foot off the gas pedal. It was hard to stop. This happened in speed ranges of 0-60 mph. After car sat for 8 hours, I turned the ignition on and it shot up to 3000 RPM. I shifted into gear and the car accelerated on its own, without my foot on the gas pedal. I called aaa and the tow truck driver found the plastic clips on the cruise control cable disconnected from the throttle. He reconnected the clips but they seemed to be too loose and easily came off again. The car was towed to a aaa car center, where the technician replaced the cruise control cable and idle air control valve. No issues since the repair.

- King Of Prussia, PA, USA

problem #312

May 032013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 51,000 miles


Vehicle throttle stuck while driving. Vehicle begins to accelerate on its own. Had to hold brake firmly to keep from having serious accident on X-way. It has happened several times. When able to stop and put car in park. Engine is still racing. Had to shut off.

- Clarksville, IN, USA

problem #311

May 092012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles
Unexpected acceleration several times over the last year. Each time the weather was very hot. Once was at an area where parking spaces are and was near stopped or going very slowly headed into parking spot then sudden acceleration..almost ran over the curb...sudden acceleration. Another time on the freeway.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #310

May 032013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 105,000 miles
I noticed when I took my foot off the accelerator, while driving on a local highway, that the car was still continuing to move at the same speed. Thinking it was probably stuck, I pumped the gas pedal to possibly free it but this only increased my speed. After reaching down and pulling back the floor mat which did nothing, I put the car into neutral, stopped (at the light) and pumped the gas again which brought the acceleration down... I was able to drive the car home without this happening again, but now the idle is well over 1000 RPM, enough to move the car forward in drive without my foot on the gas pedal! after doing a quick search on the internet, I see this is a common problem/complaint with a 2005 Taurus. What is Ford doing about this dangerous situation!

- Plainview, NY, USA

problem #309

Apr 292013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 109,000 miles


While driving my 2005 Ford Taurus, it began to accelerate independently of whether I was pressing the gas pedal. It began speeding from 25 up to 50 mph in a residential area. I was able to eventually stop the vehicle by pushing on the brakes very hard, but it continued to try to accelerate through the brakes. I pulled over and placed it in park and it continued to try to accelerate until I shut off the engine. I checked to make sure nothing was near the gas pedal and it was completely free and not depressed. I had the car towed to the dealer, where they found that the cable for throttle/speed control was loose, as something had become worn and allowed the cable to hold the throttle open. They replaced the cable and throttle, at a cost of $600. I see that there was an NHTSA investigation of 2005 Ford tauruses in 2012 for this exact issue and that the investigation was closed without a recall. I strongly urge you to reopen the investigation or at least issue a warning and require Ford to pay for fixing this dangerous malfunction. Thank you.

- Madison, WI, USA

problem #308

Apr 222013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 99,245 miles
There now been 3 days where the car starts accelerating by its self. I took it to a mechanic but he could not find anything wrong after the first two incidents, now I have contacted Ford Motor Co. About waiting a reply. I am worried about driving the car or letting my children drive this car, taking back to mechanic to check cruise control cable as this seems to be a major problem with these cars.

- Fredericktown, OH, USA

problem #307

May 022013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 92,500 miles
No incident yet. The gas pedal is sticking causing the engine to rev up to 4,000 rpms even while in park or in neutral. It has happened previously while driving and kicking and tapping on the gas pedal has loosened it up. Now it seems to be stuck.

- Saint Albans, WV, USA

problem #306

Apr 302013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 110,000 miles
My Ford Taurus 05 accelerated on its on own when I drove at 30 mph on local street. It was the second time this month! last time was about half a mouth ago. At first, I thought maybe the matt stuck into the pedal. I took away the matt. But it happened again today! I did not turn on the cruise. The gas pedal looked not stuck somewhere. I brake hard, put shift to neutral and turned off the engine. Then the car stopped in the middle of the street. When I restarted the car, it went back to normal. But I am afraid it would happen again! it was so dangerous.

- Iowa City, IA, USA

problem #305

Apr 172013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 167,350 miles


While driving at a speed of approximately 35 I lifted my foot from the accelerator to stop at a traffic light; however, the vehicle did not reduce it's speed and continued without my foot on the accelerator. I was able to stop the vehicle by applying excessive pressure to the brakes as the car continued to want to accelerate forward. After inspection of the car I discovered that the cruise control throttle cable had broken loose causing the throttle to stick.

- Kingston Springs, TN, USA

problem #304

Apr 222013


  • 201,000 miles
I was driving from a road into my driveway and my vehicle did not slow down when I let off on the accelerator. Instead, the 2005 Ford Taurus sel gas pedal was stuck which caused me to speed into my driveway and I threw the car in park, moments from causing an accident or injury.

- Rosemount, MN, USA

problem #303

Apr 222013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 107,800 miles
When traveling from work today at lunch, I was traveling at approx. 35-40 mph. When I tried to slow the car down as I left parking area to the main road, the car suddenly started to accelerate. The car tried to advance and I had to stand on the brake hard and put the car into neutral. I stopped at nearby parking lot to check what was going on with the car. This same type of acceleration has happened to me once before while I was driving the car locally near my home around the same speed. This is really frightening! talking to the mechanic he looked and again found that the cruise control cable had become detached at the throttle body just like before. This is the source of this type of issue. The plastic clip that is suppose to keep the cable attached comes loose from the cable. I checked the Ford website again and there is not a recall at this time, but there should be. When is Ford or the NHTSA going to take action on this before someone else is seriously hurt or killed. This needs to get fixed as there is a serious design flaw with the system.

- Waverly, NY, USA

problem #302

Apr 202013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 45 mph, the engine revved and the vehicle accelerated on its own. After depressing the brake pedal, the vehicle continued to rev. The driver placed the gear in neutral and shut the engine off. After restarting, the vehicle was able to driven without failure. The contact also mentioned that the failure occurred two different times. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 58,000.

- Worthington, OH, USA

problem #301

Apr 082013


  • 64,000 miles
My daughters car accelerates on its own. There have been 6 occasions where she has to brake hard and shut the car off. My husband put graphite on some parts but it didn't help. At first we thought she was exaggerating and maybe floor mat was hitting gas pedal. Neither was the cause! it is very dangerous.....I am taking to Ford garage to have them check it out. Asap.

- Ashville, NY, USA

problem #300

Apr 052013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 136,165 miles
Accelerator stuck and my son and he barely got car stopped. Needed to shift in to neutral brakes barely stopped him..car continued to rev at 4500rpm.took to dealer and found throttle body cam worn and speed control cable worn and keeping throttle open. Car was traveling at 65mph and was at the point son was scared greatly and thought he would either end up crashing in to a tree and nearby river.

- Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

problem #299

Apr 182012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 155,000 miles
When traveling my daily drive to work, I first noticed that the cruise control would not engage. My return trip home on the same day was frightening. I was traveling at approx. 35-40 mph. When I tried to slow the car down as I descended a hill, the car instead accelerated. This happened one more time in my 25 minute drive. I stopped at the bank drive through, with my car still in drive, but with my foot on the break. The car tried to advance and I had to stand on the brake hard and put the car into neutral. This same acceleration happened again while I was on the highway at close to 65 mph. Really frightening! we let the car sit for a week and my husband, who is a mechanic, took the car to work to see if it would happen to him. On his fourth day of driving the car, it did it to him as well - while traveling on a heavily congested highway. We started to look on line to see how to fix this and I see that it is an ongoing problem with this car. I checked the Ford website and there is not a recall, but there should be.

- Upper Black Eddy, PA, USA

problem #298

Mar 262013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently without warning. The vehicle was not taken to a dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure and current mileage was 100,000.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #297

Apr 062013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 124,300 miles
As I was exiting off the interstate, my cruise control failed to shut off. Applying the brake I was barely able to stop my car before rear ending someone, and the RPM was staying around 2000. I then noticed that the gas pedal was sticking and that the cruise control was no longer coming on. Now the cruise control will come on while going down the road on its on and the gas pedal is sticking. This all occurred when the cruise control started acting up. This almost cause a horrible accident.

- Clanton, AL, USA

problem #296

Mar 102013


  • 92,500 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while traveling approximately 20 mph, he attempted to decelerate but the vehicle erroneously accelerated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was contacted about the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 92,500.

- Bridge Port, CT, USA

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