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 1 of 24)

problem #475

Dec 262016


  • 77,250 miles


This vehicle was in motion on a busy street. It slowed down, sputtered, and would not move.it was in gear (D) drive. I was able to coast it off the main street to safety.the engine light and the check transmission alerts were on. Accelerator seemed stuck as well. There are only 77,000 miles. I am told that the transmission is gone. There are more that 170 complaints concerning this car. Ford needs to take responsibility and repair these transmissions. Some owners have been on the highway. I was fortunate, I was only on a busy street. Turning was also difficult. NHTSA please do something before someone is killed.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #474

Sep 202016

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 5 miles
I was driving and all of a sudden the car accelerated by it self and I was pressing the brakes and it was very hard to stop I finally put it in neutral and the engine raise to 4000 RPM I turned the car off and the same things happen I kicked the accelerator again and it idle down again, I put it in drive after a few blocks the same thing happen.I did research on line this a issue with these cars, I called the dealer they said there is no recall can you please help. Thank you [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Guttenberg, NJ, USA

problem #473

Sep 052016


  • 120,000 miles
My wife was driving the 2005 Taurus when the engine started making a loud noise, I went to haul the car to the auto mechanic when I came to the car I started it and the engine started to accelerate to over 3000 RPM's w/O touching the throttle, I was able to load the car into a trailer and the next morning when unloading at the auto mechanic again the car accelerated to over 3000 RPM's making it difficult to unload, the noise turned out to be a broken flex joint on the exhaust and with that repaired it stated to idle normally, the car was brought home and my wife started driving it again. As she was driving it to school to drop off the kids the car accelerated again on its own and she had a great difficulty stopping it and had to shut it off on the road, a friend then got the car off the road and parked into the grass because it was still accelerating on its own. The car was then taken back to the auto mechanic to be repaired, it has been there for 4 days and has accelerated for him as well. There is no obstruction with the accelerator, the floor mats have been removed a month ago for cleaning and never put back. No engine codes are being displayed. And system check on car everything checks ok. I do not feel safe driving this car.

- Francesville, IN, USA

problem #472

Aug 162016


  • 141,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. While driving 35-40 mph, the vehicle accelerated independently without warning. The contact stated that the brake pedal was depressed, but failed to immediately slow down the vehicle. The contact stated that the failure was intermittent. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 141,000. The VIN was not available.

- Elida, OH, USA

problem #471

Aug 102016


  • 110,660 miles
Accelerator would stick at a high RPM when stationary as well as in motion. This would occur erratically. The idol control valve was replaced twice before the mechanic noticed the cruise control cable was not connected. The cable was removed and not replaced. The idle control valve was replaced a third time with a motorcraft part.

- Riverside, CT, USA

problem #470

Aug 062016


  • 125,000 miles
This is in reference to my son's 2005 Ford Taurus. The vehicle accelerates and speeds up automatically resulting in great difficulty controlling and stopping the vehicle. Even when breaking forcefully, the vehicle tries to speed up. Even in park, the engine revs up to high RPM with foot off of accelerator. This results in a very serious safety problem. This first occurred in 2014 and we took the car to a local Ford dealer. They evaluated the car and worked on the actuator assembly. I believe we filed a vehicle safety complaint with NHTSA then. Problem began happening again recently. My son was driving home to Kentucky from Wisconsin and it began accelerating and speeding up. He was able to get the car stopped off of the road. He was towed by aaa to a service center. They advised that there was some residual clogging and build-up that was causing the throttle to get stuck open. They cleaned out the throttle and sent him on his way. A few hours later, it started to happen again in congested traffic on I-65 in Indiana driving at 70 mhp. He was in a panic as traffic was slowing ahead of him and he was struggling to get control of the vehicle or to slow down. Essentially, he was charging at slowed traffic. He was able to maneuver dangerously through the slowed traffic until he got to an exit ramp. He was able to bring the vehicle to a stop by applying the brake with both feet with full force, applying the emergency brake, then quickly putting the engine in park. I drove up to Indiana to pick him up. When I started the car, the engine immediately revs up while in park. We had to have the car towed back to louisville. We are very lucky that this did not result in a serious of fatal accident. The car is currently at a local Ford dealership and we have a call in to Ford customer relations. Please re-open an investigation into this issue.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #469

Jun 012016


  • 114,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle had experienced unintended acceleration causing the contact to be unable to decrease in speed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who was unable to determine the cause of the failure. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 114,000.

- Waynesboro, VA, USA

problem #468

Jul 212016


  • 148,302 miles
My 2005 Ford Taurus gas pedal sticks causing me to speed have use foot to pull up gas pedal

- Winchester, VA, USA

problem #467

Jul 012016


  • 130,000 miles
My throttle is stuck. My car accelerates on its own and fights when I try to slow it down or stop. This happens every single time I drive my car whether I am driving slow or fast.

- Maumee, OH, USA

problem #466

Jun 302016


  • 230,000 miles
When I drive my car all of a sudden my engine revs up and my car starts to accelerate on its own. I try to lift the gas pedal and apply the brake but it's hard to try to get the car to stop. When I first stat my car it idles high for a moment but then goes back to "normal" after a minute or two. This is really scary, especially on the highway when you're doing 70mph and car decides to do 90mph out of nowhere.

- Martinsburg, WV, USA

problem #465

Jun 232016


  • 142,000 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. While driving various speeds and without the accelerator pedal being depressed, the vehicle would independently accelerate without warning. The vehicle also felt as if it were accelerating when the brakes were applied to stop the vehicle. The contact stated that the failure occurred several times within a 24 hour period. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 142,000. The VIN was not available.

- Papillion, NE, USA

problem #464

May 182016


  • 189,401 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. While driving 25 mph, the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning. In addition, the brake pedal failed to respond when depressed. The failure recurred three times. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 189,401.

- Aurora, IL, USA

problem #463

May 072016


  • 91,000 miles
Twice in the past week my car has accelerated without me stepping on the gas. Both times the engine has revved to 4-5000 rpms and I had to press the brakes extremely hard to get the car to stop. This unintended acceleration has been frightening to say the least. Both events have happened as I slowed to turn. Once to get on a freeway and once to enter a parking lot. The second time it happened, I turned it off for 90 minutes. When I restarted the car the engine revved without my foot on the gas pedal. I see that there was a previous recall for the same issue with the same make/model/year but my car is not included in that recall. Why? thank you for your time.

- Jamestown, NC, USA

problem #462

Apr 172016


  • miles
The accelerator cable broke of which caused the car to no longer be able to accelerate. The vehicle was being driven and all of a sudden the cable snapped while on a residential street

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #461

Mar 272016


  • 105,400 miles
The vehicle accelerates on its own. I was driving going 25 in a residential area when the vehicle went from 25 to 60 on its own. I threw the vehicle in park but the "RPM X 1000" continued to climb pass 3 even while the vehicle was in park. Crazily I pressed the gas pedal and it came back down to normal. I googled the problem. I see that many Ford & Mercury owners have complained of this problem. There should a recall on the Ford Taurus before someone dies.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #460

Mar 312016


  • 167,600 miles
I was driving on a city street and nearing a turn. I tried to slow down for the turn, but the car accelerated on its own. I had a hard time getting it to slow down. While all of this was going on, the rpms were going up and down all over the place as the car tried to accelerate.

- Easley, SC, USA

problem #459

Mar 302016


  • 53,000 miles
2005 Ford Taurus with 53,000 miles has a problem that the engine accelerates on it's own while driving. The engine also revs up to 4000rpm in park on its own. Vehicle must be turned off and the accelerator must be pressed hard to "reset" the problem. Based on research online and previous investigation by the NHTSA, this appears to be a common complaint and issue with this model year.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #458

Jul 012015


  • 96,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 30 mph, the vehicle independently accelerated without warning. The contact depressed the brake pedal, but the rpms increased and the engine revved. The contact powered the vehicle off and back on and the vehicle was driven without incident. The failure recurred on three other occasions while driving at various speeds. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, but the cause of the failure was unable to be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #457

Dec 312015


  • 790,000 miles
The 2005 Ford Taurus was bought in April 2015 from a dealership. On new years eve I was driving and realized that my gas pedal was stuck and not just stuck but speeding up. The only way to keep the car from going over 75 was for me to keep pressing the brakes. I was in a 55 zone and having to try and avoid others until I could try and get the car to stop. When coming to a stop I had to put all my weight on the brakes just to keep the car from taking off. There are no words to explain how scared I was. After having a friend telling me to see if there was any recalls on this problem with this car, I did and there it was. My question is why was this car never repaired before selling it to anyone. The dealership should have never let this car off the lot without being fixed. The 15 min of fear I went through, never should have happened. The 15 min of fear I had thinking I was going to hurt others, should have never happened. Before this happen the car was fine, until I went to merge into traffic onto the freeway. When getting somewhere safe I turned the car off and started it again. The RPM went from 0 to 4.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #456

Dec 232015


  • 130,000 miles
Car accelerates on its own while driving.

- Tomball, TX, USA

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