really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,776 miles

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2005 Ford Taurus steering problems

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2005 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #5

May 032012

Taurus 6-cyl Diesel

  • 98,050 miles


The steering wheel has made a clicking sound from the clock spring area wile making a turn for quite a wile just recently the steering wheel started to jam during making turns not allowing you to steer vehicle I went in a ditch because of this.

- Knoxville, TN, USA

problem #4

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 #3

Jun 202011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 96,000 miles
I own a 2005 Ford Taurus sel. It's been a piece of junk since the day I bought it.when I first bought it, it was burning off front tires every 2000 miles, it was aligned by the dealer twice, ended up having to take it to a friends tire shop, we [I'm a motorcycle builer/welder..] ended up cutting the welds on the shock mount and moved it.the gas mileage is aweful, but now, after 96,000 miles, the transmission started acting up.it was changed every 30,000 miles, always looked like mud.two weeks after it started slipping, my wife was coming home late from work on a secluded, dark, really busy highway, out of the blue, the transmission just completely stopped working, she had to drive it into a ditch, or get killed, luckily, the car wasn't damaged badly otherwise. She spent 45 minutes stuck on the side of the road in the dark until I got there with a wrecker.I've looked online, and talked to friends who own garages, these cars are scrap.nearly every one that makes it to 100,000 miles will experience catastrophic transmission failure. At any time, anywhere, totally without warning... [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Dupont, PA, USA

problem #2

Feb 082011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 54,831 miles
My 2005 Ford Taurus has been a headache since day one. Today on my way to work the car suddenly accelerated and applying the brakes was a challenge as I almost couldn┐T stop when pulling over for safety. Prior to this, over $2000 for a new engine, another $900 for a new transmission, another $250 for a power steering pump, and daily issues like the door not latching and me trying to hold driver's door shut while driving at the same time, and then having to tie a rope across the front seat to the passenger door. Also, the daytime running lights turn on on their own at any given time and drain the battery. This car is a piece of crap. If you buy this kind or car, make sure you have aaa too.

- Avon Lake, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 262009


  • 33,000 miles
I own a 2005 Ford Taurus SE wagon with 33K miles. While driving the interstate at 70mph, I began to ease over into the right lane and had to make a sudden move back into the left lane which sent my front end and steering wheel into a major oscillation which I have never experience in a car before. I don't see any recalls from Ford on this issue but wondering if you may have received any similar accounts by other owners. No telling what would have happened had this occurred during winter driving or wet roads. Also, it happened originally when my wife was driving with a similar requirement to do a sudden correction but in this case she was traveling less than 40 miles an hour on a city street when again the front end went into a major oscillation and difficult to bring back under control and the car back to center. Please advise and thank you for your assistance.

- Huntsville, AL, USA

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