really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
99,912 miles

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2005 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #27

Aug 022015


  • 99,000 miles


While wife was driving, throttle became stuck open causing car to race forward. She applied brakes but had difficulty. She managed to get car to stop but engine was racing. She put into park and turned off. Minor damage to front valance due to pulling onto shoulder and embankment suddenly. Very dangerous situation. Updated 9/15/15 updated 2/2/2016

- Branchville, NJ, USA

problem #26

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 #25

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 #24

Mar 272015


  • 102,000 miles


While traveling at 35 mile per hour the I removed my foot from the accelerator and the car continued in a manner as if it was on cruise control. I tapped the pedal a few times and put my foot behind and pulled and it released. Earlier my daughter was driving the car and reported that it accelerated and would not stop so she pulled into a parking lot nearly missing another vehicle and she turned the vehicle off.

- Landisville, PA, USA

problem #23

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

problem #22

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 #21

Dec 152014


  • 101,000 miles


I was stopped at a traffic light and as I began to move off to make a right hand turn the car immediately began to pick up sped without me pushing down on the accelerator. The sped increased abruptly and seemed to be overpowering the brakes. I move the gear shift lever(automatic transmission) to neutral and the engine continued to significantly increase it's revs. I stomped on the accelerator while the car was traveling close to 60 mph, now coasting in neutral, and the engine revs began to slow down. This would have resulted in a very dangerous situation had my daughter, a novice driver of six months, been behind the wheel.

- Monroe Township, NJ, USA

problem #20

Oct 012013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 100,000 miles
The gas gauge just stopped working can be very costly repair from what I understand we bought the car new.

- Bedford, IN, USA

problem #19

Mar 102014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
The car takes off without pressing on the gas. RPM goes up and car continues to accelerate despite pressing on the brakes. Took car to a mechanic and had the idle valve replaced. 2 weeks later the problem continued to persist and mechanic told me the cruise control was detached but suspects it is a problem with the model of car and needed to be recalled. The speeding of the car occurs sporadically, so driving on the road I am not able to predict when it will happen. This is a malfunction that needs to be addressed by Ford for the sake of safety.

- Collegedale , TN, USA

problem #18

May 182014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 152,000 miles
The 2005 Ford Taurus experienced an uncommanded acceleration. The ignition had to be turned off to control the vehicle. Similar to NHTSA investigation PE-12-005, the problem was caused by the cruise control cable detatching from the throttle body assembly and interfering with the throtlle assembly, causing the rpms to exceed 4,000. This caused the vehicle to lurch, nearly striking a vehicle in front of the Taurus. This is a severe safety issue and has the potential to cause serious injuries or loss of life.

- Lakeville, MN, USA

problem #17

Feb 222014


  • 58,000 miles


I was driving on highway with my baby and suddenly found that even though I fully released the gas pad the engine still kept running at ~3000 RPM. I had to put brake to slow the speed which would otherwise accelerate my car out of my control. I finally stopped by switching to neutral and hard brake. When I restarted the car the problem was still there and the engine made a big noise at parking gear. The problem disappeared after I disconnected the battery. During the whole incident, I did not see any warning signs (e.g. check engine) on.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #16

Jan 092014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 120,100 miles
My problem is my accelerator has been sticking making it difficult to control speed in traffic. I am concerned the problem will gradually get worse. I contacted Ford Motor Corp about the possibility of a recall or warranty with this issue. With a small amount of research it seems there is well known issues with this make and model for accelerator problems. See my correspondence with Ford below: "hi ------, my name is [xxx] and I'm from Ford's customer relationship center (crc). I received your email regarding your 2005 Ford Taurus SE. I'm sorry to hear about the issues with the seatbelt and accelerator sticking. I completely understand your concern for the safety of yourself and your family. After reviewing my resources, there are no warranties or programs in effect that would provide coverage for your current concern. We recommend that you keep your receipts in case Ford initiates a recall in the future based on customer feedback... ------------------- original message -------------------...I have couple of safety concerns. I love my 2005 Ford Taurus and I want to continue to own it. Last year I had a seatbelt issue where intermittently the buckle releases while car is in motion. I called dealership to ask if Ford will take care of this for safety reasons and was promptly told no. Recently I have an accelerator that is sticking. The pedal returns to position but the RPM's remain elevated. I have not notified the dealership yet about this issue. I wanted to contact Ford Corp first so I could have documentation on this recent safety concern for I have not had much luck in the past contacting the dealership...." information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Battlefield, MO, USA

problem #15

Dec 212013

Taurus 6-cyl Diesel

  • miles
Vehicle started to accelerate and kept going faster. Brakes would not stop the vehicle and ended up in a cotton field. This is the third time the acceleration stuck. Tapping the gas peddle worked the first two but not the last time. It knocked a hole in the transmission pan and did something to the brake line.

- Wilson, TX, USA

problem #14

Oct 222013


  • 83,000 miles
Engine starts to race up to 4, 000 RPM making it extremely hard to stop. Had to swerve to avoid hitting car in front of me. When trying to decelerate the car continues to climb in RPM. Seams like the gas pedal is staying depressed.

- Natick , MA, USA

problem #13

Oct 112013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 90,000 miles
Earlier in the week, the accelerator pedal on my 2005 Ford Taurus got stuck and would not function. Hitting the brakes slowed the car. When car was put in neutral, the engine raced. I immediately took it to a repair shop and they could not replicate the problem. It worked fine for a few more days, but happened again yesterday.

- Mt Pleasant, SC, USA

problem #12

May 282013


  • 85,000 miles
The throttle is sticking causing the vehicle to accelerate by itself. I was able to slow it down by use of the brakes, but had to put the vehicle in neutral at a stop light and then cut the car off completely as the RPM's immediately went up to 4000, this happened while driving and was not the gas pedal being stuck, and the pedal was clear of carpet or rug, while driving I even stuck my foot under the pedal and lifted it up.

- Bruce , MI, USA

problem #11

May 122013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 108,832 miles
We was driving and the car started to accelerate on its own and continued to accelerate @ faster speed till about 75 mph.. we was going 40 mph on our own to start.. we had to brake the car but it seemed the more we brake the more it would go.. but we did it @ force till it stopped, and squealing brakes and put it in park and the car sound as if I was pushing pedal to floor and I turned it off as is.. so I opened hood went to throttle and moved the cage on it then I heard a click and started it up and it was fine..now 5/20/13 it does it atleast 1 a day and my cousin who is mechanic said put it in neutral and give the gas a little push to get it to release.. and call Ford to see if there's a recall.. I called and they said there isn't a recall to have it service asap because it dangerous.. but my thought is if there is a lot of people with same issue why wouldn't it be on recall due to severity (fordforum.com).

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #10

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 #9

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 #8

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

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