hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,620 miles

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2006 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #22

Aug 102016


  • 118,320 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 25 mph, the vehicle accelerated to 40 mph on its own and while the brake pedal was applied. When the contact placed the gear shifter into the neutral position, the rpms increased from 200,000 to 300,000. The ignition was shut off and the gear shifter was placed into park. When the vehicle was restarted, the rpms increased to 300,000. The ignition was shut off a third time and restarted, and the rpms increased to 100,000. The failure recurred numerous times. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 118,320.

- Youngstown, OH, USA

problem #21

Mar 052016


  • 180,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. While parked and unoccupied, the vehicle became engulfed in flames underneath the hood. The contact extinguished the fire with a garden hose. A fire report was not filed. The vehicle remained at the contact's residence. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 180,000.

- Merryville, LA, USA

problem #20

Sep 012015


  • 0 miles
So now when I try to reverse my car doesn't move and if I hit the gas the engine just Ram up and makes a loud noise.I have got stuck so many times to the point where I can't move...also my headlights and high beams look the same there is no difference and you don't even know when the high beams are on the light in the car doesn't come on..my A/C a and heater only works on high.I can't get on the freeway the gages go up to 4 and go down when I'm going 65.when im on the regular street they still go up hight and I can be going less than 45.

- Vacaville, CA, USA

problem #19

Jul 132015


  • 140,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that there was a leak of transmission fluid from under the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that there was a transmission fluid leak and when the vehicle was turned off the fluid leaked into the motor. The mechanic diagnosed that the trans-axle vent needed to be replaced along with a 90 degree vent stem small hose with clamps. The 90 degree vent stem prematurely fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 140,000.

- Melburne, FL, USA

problem #18

Jul 072015


  • 113,000 miles
Driving on a freeway at 70mph when I let off the throttle but the car continued to accelerate. Came to a stop light after exiting freeway and had to slam on breaks to come to a full stop because the vehicle throttle would not stop accelerating. Checked for a rug or anything that might be stuck under the gas pedal and nothing was there. Once I arrived at the destination I put vehicle in park and the engine reved up to 4000 RPM. Opened hood and throttle was not stuck but after I moved the throttlebody to rev the engine it returned back to a normal idle speed. This is freaking dangerous. Dont buy this piece of crap car.

- Montgomery, TX, USA

problem #17

Dec 202014


  • 95,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 25 mph and the accelerator pedal was released, the engine rpms increased without warning. The contact shifted the vehicle in neutral and the rpms increased over 4000. The failure recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 95,000.

- Garland, TX, USA

problem #16

Aug 242014


  • 158,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 70 mph, the engine stalled as the check engine and the oil warning lights illuminated. The contact maneuver to shoulder of the road and as the contact inspected the vehicle, it immediately ignited into flames from under the passenger side hood. The fire department extinguished the fire and the entire vehicle was burned. A police/fire report was filed. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic but was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 158,000.

- Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

problem #15

Jun 162014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 74,170 miles
I was driving through downtown when I noticed increases acceleration and trouble with stopping. When I put my car in park, it would rev up to 2500 pm. I would stomp on accelerator and it brought it down to normal below 1000 RPM in park. Thankfully I avoided having 3 accidents. I was about to call for a truck but did not. I managed to drive my car back to work. My co-worker looked at it and saw the throttle was sticking and cruise control cable came off. He was able to reattach it and fix the throttle. A week after he fixed it I started to have some acceleration issues but minor and today it finally got worse. I looked on here to see if other people having the same issue and yes I did find a lot of people with same issues. I do agree with a lot of those people that this should be a recall. I can't afford to get it fixed by a professional or a new car.

- Valparaiso, IN, USA

problem #14

Jun 042013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
About a year ago our Taurus started to experience sudden accelerations. It would go from 40 to 70 with your foot off the gas. Had to pull over, put in neutral, and stomp on gas peddle. This has happened several times with the last occurrence July 15, 2014. Mechanics can't figure it out. Car is too dangerous to operate. This needs to be recalled.

- Westfield, NC, USA

problem #13

Jun 122014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 69,874 miles
The car suddenly began to accelerate and was difficult to stop. I put it in neutral after I got to a place where I could park. The engine accelerated to 3000 RPM and I turned off the ignition. I attempted to start the car again and engine again rose to 3000 RPM. I checked to see that the accelerator was not stuck to the floorboard. Then started the engine again. Again it revved to over 3000 RPM so I pressed the gas pedal and then the idle returned to normal. Once I got on the freeway to return home the cruise control would not engage. I called the Ford dealership and they stated they were not aware of any recalls on 2006 Ford Taurus for acceleration problems.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #12

Apr 192014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 122,500 miles


My wife was driving our 2006 Ford Taurus and suddenly the car started accelerating out of control. She was able to slow the car down by braking firmly and eventually the car stopped doing it. We did not drive it the next day. Two days later, I was driving and braking for a red light when the car aggressively accelerated again. Only by slamming on the brakes did I avoid hitting the car in front of me. I put the car in park and turned it off and on again, but the engine was still racing out of control. I turned the car off and on again and pressed the accelerator quickly up and down and this stopped the engine from racing. Since that time, the car has accelerated more gently (without any pressure on the accelerator pedal) twice, both at highway speeds. Both times, mashing the accelerator seemed to temporarily relieve the symptoms. I am going to call Ford, although I doubt they will do anything for me.

- Westminster, CO, USA

problem #11

Aug 012009

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles
Intermittently throttle will keep rising and the car will not stop unless shifted to neutral and acceleration pedal pushed to dislodge stuck throttle. Brakes will not stop throttle from rising unless steps above followed. First time this occurred, I had to fight the acceleration with the brakes causing my engine to smell like burnt rubber until I figured out the trick of taping the acceleration pedal when in neutral.

- Cicero, IL, USA

problem #10

Nov 202011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 31,500 miles
Vehicle has failing camshaft synchronizer chirping from engine failure began at 30,000-32,000 miles Ford refuses to honor emissions/extended defect warranty on part if part fails, it drives the oil pump, which will result in a sudden loss of engine power, and will require complete engine replacement. Vehicle has lower end of mileage for its age, long and thorough maintenance history contacted Ford, they had no interest in providing assistance total vehicle mileage as of 3/13/2014 is ~49,000 miles will be taking legal action.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #9

Feb 262014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
The gas pedal periodically sticks between 35-40 mph in my 2006 Ford Taurus. This causes the engine RPM's to increase. I am able to slow the car by pressing the brakes. I can also stop the engines racing by tapping the pedal again abruptly.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #8

Dec 242013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 79,800 miles
Car auto accelerating while driving without gas pedal press. Had to brake very hard to stop the car. In park position, engine directly ran to 3000rpm. In drive position, the engine speed 400rpm higher than usual. Sent my car to 2 diff workshops. No vacuum leak, no dtc. Changed iac valve. Yet still not fix the issue. Problem happened several times recently. Fault can be recovered if drive long time in low drive.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #7

Aug 012013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 122,027 miles
I was driving to work and the vehicle accelerated out of control. I tried stopping the car, I put it into park, and even while in park it was still revving up to 4 or 5 thousand rpms. I re-started the car hoping this would "re-set" the vehicle. No such luck. As for now, the vehicle's gas pedal is either stuck, or something is wrong with the cruise control cable. Either way, the situation, in my opinion, is extremely dangerous. My brakes began to smoke before I could get the vehicle home and wait for my husband to help me figure out what to do next.

- Salida, CO, USA

problem #6

Sep 012012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 113,000 miles
Purchased the car in late August 2012. Shortly after purchase car would rev high on cold starts, when placed into gear car sometimes would die. This was not a consistent problem and difficult to describe and identify the issue. By the end of December 2012 the problem became consistent on each cold start. Took car into Firestone. Firestone replaced idle air control valve and cleaned fuel system. First attempt to replace air control valve failed when they believed the new part was defective. Replaced new one with another new one and the car started fine for about a month and went back to inconsistent start ups. Took car back to Firestone. They again replaced air control valve and the problem still was present and I was told to take to the dealership. Took to the Ford dealership, they stated the most recent air control valve placed by Firestone was defective and they replaced air control valve with Ford exclusive part. Picked car up and upon leaving the car suddenly accelerated on its own. I turned the car around and had them look at it again. They could not duplicate the problem or determine what caused the sudden acceleration. Two weeks later the problem appeared again while driving on the highway. I would lift my foot off the gas and the car would accelerate to 60mph before I applied the brake to slow it down. To keep a consistent speed I would have to "ride the brake". I internet searched the problem and came across an article describing the exact problem I was having and that it was under investigation for 2005-06 Ford Taurus for sudden acceleration most likely due to cruise control cable catching on the throttle. Told Ford dealership what I discovered, took the car in and they identified that the cruise control cable was in fact catching on the throttle.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #5

Mar 192013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 130,000 miles
When driving the car even at speeds of 45 miles per hour it dies. No lights for flashers no power steering no power brakes. It does start back up but in the mean time I am in moving traffic. I have had it in the shop all week they have executed many tests and cannot find the problem. The last time this happened I had my 3 yr old granddaughter in the car and I believe this is very dangerous and could cause a rear end collision.

- Phoenix, AZ, USA

problem #4

Mar 072013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 79,564 miles
While drive down the street approx 25mph the engine started to rev up and the car accelerated. Even when I tried to brake the car wanted to continue to drive. I tried stomping on the gas pedal, but if didn't have any affect. I pulled off the road shut off the car and restarted the problem did not happen again.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 022012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 101,877 miles
I was driving on my way to work, after being stop at a stop sign my car began to accelerate itself. When I left sign my automatic revved up to about 30-35 mph when I attempted to slow down my engine felt as if it was fighting against me. When I reached the parking lot the car sped up as if someone gunned it. When I pulled into a parking spot and placed the car in park my RPM's began to hit up to 4 and 5 (X 1000).

- Edmond , OK, USA

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