hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,575 miles

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2005 Ford Taurus transmission problems

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2005 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 272013


  • 92,800 miles


Automatic transmission:torque converter---I own a 2005 Ford Taurus SE. Friday Sept 27th on my way home I had issues with the transmission going out on a major, very heavily traveled road. I pulled away from a stop light and was traveling approx 35mph when the car stopped "pulling" and the engine RPM's revved past 6K. The car stopped partly in the road where I had to get out on the two lane road and pushed the car the to the side of the road in rush hour traffic. (very dangerous). I called for a tow truck and got the car back to my house. Wondering why the transmission gave out without any warning, I did some research online only to find out that there is a major problem with the 2005 Ford Taurus torque converters where the pump shaft spline is only.160 thick, and under normal use, the spline wears excessively and eventually fails without warning causing the vehicle to loose its motive power. Now what I don't understand is why hasn't the NHTSA investigated this problem because after more research and speaking with a Ford master mechanic I found out that there is a recall for the same exact problem with the Ford freestar vehicles!! why did the recall only stop with the freestar vehicle when its the same problem on the Taurus" is it going to take a wreck with a fatality to get something done about this problem? I understand when parts fail but when you read online to different forums and there are hundreds if not thousands of complaints about the same problem of the 2005 Taurus this is a major concern which something needs to be done to make Ford accountable especially when there is a same issue with a different vehicle that has a recall. Even the master technician said he doesn't know why the recall stopped with the freestar, it's the same exact problem with the 2005 Taurus, and a dangerous one at that. Is any investigation going on with this issue"

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #3

Jun 282012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact was traveling 35 mph when the vehicle jerked and failed to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the mechanic confirmed that the torque converter needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was contacted. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 110,000. Updated 7/23/12 the consumer stated the forward and reverse gear went out on the vehicle. A mechanic informed her, the spline on the torque converter failed. Updated 07/30/12

- Heath, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 012010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 81,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. While driving at approximately 55 mph, the engine began to rev and the vehicle started losing speed. The contact was able to pull over and the vehicle was towed to an authorized dealership where the torque converter was repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 81,000. The current mileage was approximately 82,000. Updated 06/29/10 updated 07/06/10

- Johns Creek , GA, USA

problem #1

Aug 142006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,500 miles
The transmission starting slipping around 38500 miles. It has been repaired 3 times. Hopefully it is fixed at this point. I was almost hit twice because the transmission slipped from 50 mph to 25 mph in a matter of seconds. The vehicles behind me had to slam on brakes and jump lanes to keep from hitting me.

- Hermitate, TN, USA

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