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Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
87,850 miles

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2006 Ford Taurus engine problems

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2006 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 9)

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problem #143

Jul 032015


  • 109,000 miles


While I was driving my vehicle accelerated to almost 50 mph without me touching the gas pedal in at all. When I tried to break, my breaks did work but not completely. There have been multiple occasions when my vehicle has lost all power and completely shut off, every time being at an extremely busy intersection. My cruise control has been disconnected and the issue still occurs. When I turn my car on now, it goes up to 4,000 rpms by itself in park. Huge safety issue.

- West Salem, WI, USA

problem #142

Jun 072015


  • 187,000 miles
Spontaneous acceleration increase and RPM's increase causing car to increase speed. While driving in traffic, I had come to a stop and noticed my RPM's was staying at the 2000 (#2) range and when I released the brake the car took off almost hitting the car in front. I then noticed the car increased acceleration on its own. On a back road I drove for miles without touching the gas. Very, very dangerous!!!!!!

- New Athens, IL, USA

problem #141

Mar 222015

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
I was driving at 20-25 mph and when I took my foot off the gas preparing to stop the car began accelerating on its own to near 40 mph. In an effort to stop I had to press very firmly on the brake which then caused the RPM to go to 4000. I had to put it in neutral to turn the car off.

- Bartlett, IL, USA

problem #140

Mar 032015

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 101,000 miles


I was driving home from work. The accelerator kept sticking. I rode the brake the last 4 miles home driving in town. I would come to a complete stop at a light and all I had to do go accelerate was to take my foot off the brake. This did not stop until I got home and stopped the car. RPM's got up to 3000. I see that this issue is under investigation but something needs to be done about it now.

- Fort Wayne, IN, USA

problem #139

Feb 082015


  • 114,500 miles
Car was accelerating spontaneously, appears that the accelerator was sticking at the throttle body due to defective cruise control cable that dislodged and got stuck into accelerator mechanism. Car was accelerating on freeway at 70 mph and climbing, pulling on gas pedal with foot of no benefit. Ultimately had to turn off keys after heading to off ramp. Nicknamed car "[xxx]" after this frightening incident. Noticed multiple reports of same problem on web with brief search. Called Ford customer service and spoke with three representatives. Wondering if there is a recall. They were clear to indicate " not our problem" as car is "out of warranty". information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #138

Dec 042014


  • 78,800 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while attempting to depress the brake pedal, the vehicle accelerated independently. As a result, the contact's vehicle crashed into another vehicle. The air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed and there were no injuries reported. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 78,800.

- Mantua, NJ, USA

problem #137

Oct 012007


  • 62,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. While driving 10 mph, the vehicle accelerated without warning. The failure recurred on numerous occasions. Once the engine was restarted, the vehicle operated normally. The contact stated that a substance was sprayed on the throttle, which stopped the acceleration for two years. When the failure recurred, the vehicle vibrated violently as it accelerated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 62,000.

- Kansas City, MO, USA

problem #136

Sep 022014


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle experienced unintended acceleration causing the driver to lose control and drive onto the sidewalk. After turning the engine off and back on the vehicle operated as normal. The contact indicated that the failure had occurred on multiple occasions. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 76,000.

- Milwalkee, WI, USA

problem #135

Aug 212014


  • 73,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. While idling at a traffic light, the engine revved and the vehicle accelerated independently. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic for diagnostic testing, but the results were unavailable. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 73,000.

- Cleveland , OH, USA

problem #134

Jul 302014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 71,900 miles
I was driving on the highway when the engine started to race, and I had to drive twenty miles to the mechanic's garage, barely being able to stop the car and nearly missing being in 3 accidents. Had to drive with my foot on the brake and had to use emergency brake to stop it at the end. When I put it in park, it sounded like the engine would explode, it was racing so fast. Mechanic saw a cruise control cable detached, and reconnected it, and "played" with the throttle and was finally able to bring it down to normal level. I checked at this site to see if there was a recall, but did not see one, but many complaints of this problem.

- Walpole, MA, USA

problem #133

May 292014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles


2006 Ford Taurus. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle acceleration issues. The consumer stated he experienced three terrifying incidents, in which the vehicle suddenly accelerated. He came very close to running over pedestrians, each time the vehicle accelerated. After, paying hundreds of dollars, to replace the air control valve, which wasn't the problem, it was finally determined the cruise control cable was causing the vehicle to suddenly accelerate.

- West Hempstead, NY, USA

problem #132

Jul 152014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 141,000 miles
Car has unintended acceleration. Car is very dangerous to drive. Have had to take car away from my daughter. Local Ford dealers know nothing about this issue. There are article online regarding this issue. I am at a loss of what to do with this car. Will accel. Up to 70mph and is not stoppable. Thanks for your time [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Chandler, IN, USA

problem #131

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 #130

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 #129

Oct 022013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 119,200 miles
When driving, the car suddenly accelerates to high speed, causing me to constantly put the brakes on. The car accelerates without stepping on the gas. This has continued to happen. The car was looked at by a dealer on 10/2013 and they could not figure out what the problem is. This happens periodically one to several times per month. When this sudden acceleration happens, I am forced to put the car in neutral and then turn the car off. This has been an extremely frightening situation because it occurs in heavy traffic areas and on the highway.

- Trinity, FL, USA

problem #128

Jun 132014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 135,000 miles
My son was driving the car, stopped at a stop sign then when he pressed the gas pedal to go on the car wouldn't move. It seemed the car was in neutral but it was still in drive. The transmission simply failed without warning, noise, leaks, anything. He was left stuck in the middle of the road/traffic with a car that wouldn't move.

- Saint Louis, MO, USA

problem #127

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 #126

Jun 092014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 127,000 miles
Sudden acceleration many times at random (I could not remember the first date of the incident so I put the most recent incident date, which is today 6/9/14): Ford Taurus 2006 accelerates on it's own at random times while driving. RPM will go over 3,000 and continues. I have put my foot on the brake as I drive but the car still pushes as I do and accelerates. Once I put it in park, it accelerates over 3,000 RPM going up to 5,000 RPM and not stopping until I turn off the car. Then when I turn on the car again it will go up to 4,000 RPM. It only would take once or twice for it to turn on normally without any sudden acceleration. But today, after another incident of sudden acceleration as I was going about 27 mph, even with my foot on the brake the car revved on it's own and it began accelerating. I put it in park fast and turned off the car; but, every time I turned it on, the car still wouldn't stop accelerating. I had to tow the car to my mechanic and it's still boggling us what could be wrong with the car, we might end up replacing the whole computer system. This has happened many times already. I have taken the car to the mechanic many times for this incident and they have done what they could but the problem never seems to get fixed.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #125

Jun 052013


  • 148,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving 35 mph, there was a sudden increase in engine rpms and the vehicle accelerated independently. The contact mentioned that accelerator pedal was depressed several times in an attempt to release the pedal, but the vehicle failed to stop. The contact stated that in order to stop the vehicle, the transmission had to be shifted into neutral. The problem recurred several times. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 148,000.

- Raleigh, NC, USA

problem #124

Sep 022013


  • miles
I was driving about 25mph with my little brother and sister in the car and I felt it start to go faster. It kept on accelerating and wouldn't stop. When I got to a stop sign and was pressing on the break the RPM shot up. Even when I put it in park it kept on accelerating. I took it to a mechanic, but he didn't know what was wrong. It has done this many of times, once where I almost hit someone because of it. I'm afraid it will keep doing it.

- Newcastle, OK, USA

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