really awful
Crashes / Fires:
7 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,207 miles

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2006 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 7 of 8)

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problem #36

Oct 012011


  • 83,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while the vehicle was at a stop with the brake depressed, the vehicle continued to accelerate and lunge forward without warning. In addition, the rpms increased to 7,000 abnormally. The vehicle was shifted into neutral and returned to normal function. The failure was experienced several times. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 83,000 and the current mileage was 89,000.

- Saint Albans , WV, USA

problem #35

Nov 302011


  • 163,000 miles
The car started idling very high and seemed to want to accelerate while my foot was pressing firming on the brake. I shifted the car into neutral and the engine seemed to keep revving. After this incident, the same day, I noticed the cruise didn't work any longer. Still to this day, at times the car will try to accelerate without pushing on the gas seems very dangerous!

- Scottsville, KY, USA

problem #34

Jul 032009

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
The car accelerates without any contact with the gas pedal. This occurs while driving which makes stopping more difficult (I have never noticed it occur while in park). I did take it to a mechanic who looked the car over; he didn't find anything obviously wrong, but guessed it was the cruise control and disconnected it. This did not fix the problem at all, as it still accelerates on its own. When it happens I keep tapping on the gas pedal until it stops accelerating, which is effective. It is very unsafe - it has been going on for so long I instinctively keep my eye on the tachometer to catch the acceleration as soon as it starts.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #33

Dec 012011


  • 121,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus SE. The contact was driving 40 mph when the vehicle abnormally accelerated until the vehicle was shifted into neutral. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired and the VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was 121,000 and the current mileage was 132,000.

- Marlton, NJ, USA

problem #32

Mar 112012


  • 104,000 miles
Engine RPM increased excessively at a stop sign, car would not slow down I had to turn the car off twice to get it to stop revving.

- Wernersville, PA, USA

problem #31

Oct 172011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
Cruise control cable may became detached and held the throttle open.

- Grapevine, TX, USA

problem #30

Feb 012012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 122,000 miles


The car has intermittent high idle making it difficult to slow down and stop. It also lurches forward once foot is off the brake. I have been in several near accidents because of high idle problem. Replaced pvc, replaced iac, cleaned throttle body, with no good results.

- Holden, MO, USA

problem #29

Feb 042008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 40,000 miles
The throttle has stuck several times. It's most noticeable around 40 mph after taking my foot off of the accelerator and applying the brake. I've had to put it in neutral when this happens, at which point, the rpms race up over 5,000. By revving the engine a couple of times, the rpms would come down to idle. Then I could put it back in drive. This problem occurs every several thousand miles or so, so it's difficult for a mechanic to assess. I've taken it to three different mechanics. I believe all of them lubricated the throttle and/or made minor adjustments. The last time this happened was over 30K miles ago. It's worth noting that my cruise control has also malfunctioned several times since I've owned the car. I bought it when it had 28K on it. I currently has about 90K miles. The most dangerous situation was when I was driving with my family down newfound gap rd. In the great smoky mountain natl park. Coming down the 7% grade, the brake pedal hardened, making it almost impossible to stop. We had to stop frequently, using stream water to cool the rims while coasting down the mountain in neutral. A recall needs to be issued for this car.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #28

Feb 122012


  • 74,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that when depressing the accelerator pedal, the pedal would stick and the contact would have to pump the accelerator pedal numerous to dislodge the pedal. The vehicle would rapidly accelerate when the failure would occur. The contact would shift into neutral and shut the vehicle off in order to stop the failure. Once restarted, the vehicle would resume normal operation. The dealer and the manufacturer were notified of the failure but denied any assistance with repairs to the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and the current mileage was approximately 74,000.

- West Springfield, MA, USA

problem #27

Mar 052012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 189,029 miles
Car will accelerate on its own at many different speeds, even those over 55. Breaking will only slow and not stop acceleration. You can smell the brakes burning if you try to stop the car during these periods by only pressing the brake. The only way to stop it is to shift into neutral and let the motor race up and then it will reset the throttle. It happens on a regular basis.

- Parkton, MD, USA

problem #26

Feb 152012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles


Cpsc#I1220409A. 2006 Ford Taurus. Consumer stated whine coasting up hill and approaching her left turn the car began to accelerate. The consumer stated she made the turn applying a good amount force to the brake. However, the vehicle accelerated anyway. The vehicle would accelerated even without her foot on the brake. She finally maneuvered the vehicle to the side of the road, place both feet on the brake pedal with a great deal of force, placed the vehicle in park, and engaged the emergency brake. The vehicle continued to accelerated to 3000 RPM's while idling. She turned off the engine and when she restarted the vehicle on four separate occasions it continued to exhibit the same problem.

- Hickory, NC, USA

problem #25

Feb 012012


  • miles
My 2006 Ford Taurus has started to accelerate itself. It is happening more often.this is quite scary. Is there a recall regarding this or will there be one" and if not then does it have to come to to what Toyota went through for Ford to issue a recall"

- Farmers Branch, TX, USA

problem #24

Jan 172012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 139,100 miles
I was driving my car to drop my kids off at school and daycare when I noticed it was running at an extremely high RPM (5000). I had to drive with both feet on the brake pedal to keep the speed at a reasonable limit. Once I got to the first school, I parked and shut it off thinking maybe that would help. When I started it back up, the engine RPM immediately shot back up to 5000 and climbing. The engine was making such a loud and vibratory noise that I shut it off again and called my husband and he came over and traded vehicles with me. Same thing when started it; it immediately started revving and he put it into drive and there was loud thud as if the engine had hit the ground. He let off the gas and it started pulling itself. (now from my husband's experience) he took it on the interstate to see how high the speed would get before it topped out. Eventually he had to start applying the brakes at 93 mph. For whatever reason, he wondered if the cruise control would be able to maintain a safe speed and he wouldn't have to ride the brakes at 65-70 mph. When hit the cruise control it didn't work (he realized he was riding the brakes) so he hit the brake as firmly as he could to get it down to a slower speed to invoke the cruise control. Once he got down to about 50-60 mph he hit the cruise again and it came on but the car was still slowly accelerating. He hit the brakes to turn the cruise off and felt the gas pedal pop up and hit him on the side of the right foot and then the car started slowing down. We still have to drive it (he does because I?M terrified to get behind the wheel) and it does the same thing. Now he just taps the gas pedal until releases and tries not to press the gas pedal to deep.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #23

Jan 102012


  • 102,000 miles
Engine keep racing and car tries to go while braking.

- Cheshire, CT, USA

problem #22

Nov 082011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 77,900 miles
Unintentional and nearly uncontrollable acceleration.

- Modesto, CA, USA

problem #21

Jul 222011


  • 91,000 miles
I currently own a 2006 Ford Taurus with approximately 91,000 miles. Recently, the vehicle began to accelerate on it's own as if the gas pedal is stuck. The problem began after the vehicle's cruise control stopped working. The problem with self acceleration is occurring daily at this point. "stomping" the accelerator is the only remedy to the problem during driving conditions. The vehicle will continue to accelerate to high speeds until the accelerator is repeatedly pushed.

- Florence, AL, USA

problem #20

Apr 122011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving 45 mph the vehicle suddenly accelerated. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was unknown.

- Memphis , TN, USA

problem #19

Jun 192011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
For several weeks, my car has been accellerating on its own. I will not have my foot on the accellerator and the car will speed up. Rpms shoot up to 4 or 5. this has happened intermittently. Pumping the accellerator is the only way to get the car under control. While coming home from vacation yesterday, I tried to stop at a stop light and couldn't stop. Thankfully, an accident was avoided as nothing was crossing the intersection. It was a very scary ride home, and I am thankful my family didn't get killed by this obvious defect in this car. I cannot understand why a recall has not been issued. Is it going to take several deaths before something is done?

- Russell Springs, KY, USA

problem #18

May 212011


  • 50,199 miles
During a ten mile commute to work the auto unexpectedly accelerated to 45 mph. When brakes were applied and speed reduced to 25 mph the auto would again accelerate with foot of pedal. When the transmission was shifted to park RPM went to 6000. After shutting down and restarting problem went away. This problem happened three times in a four week period.

- Taylorsville, UT, USA

problem #17

Mar 282011


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that as the vehicle was started and the brake was applied, the vehicle surged forward independently. The vehicle continued to accelerate and the vehicle would come to a stop after firmly applying the brakes. The unexpected failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for diagnosis and they informed the contact that the failure was related to the throttle body and speed control cables. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000.

- Ferriday, LA, USA

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