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 8 of 8)

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problem #16

Oct 262009


  • 36,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact was driving approximately 55 mph when the vehicle abnormally accelerated. The failure recurred four times intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and the technicians stated that there was a malfunction in the cruising system. The cruising system was replaced. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 36,000.

- Richmond, CA, USA

problem #15

Feb 252011


  • 60,000 miles
My 2006 Ford Taurus accelerates when I let my foot off the gas pedal car starts to accelerate on its own, even when the car is in park the RPM's shoot up. To make it stop I tap the gas pedal while it's accelerating and becomes unstuck this does not always work.

- Saginaw, TX, USA

problem #14

Sep 252010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 65,000 miles
I own a 2006 Ford Taurus. The vehicle accelerates to dangerous speeds without my hitting the gas and when the brakes are applied the RPM shows it has risen very high and it is very difficult to get the vehicle to come to a complete stop. It appears there is something wrong with the cruise control cable as it was twisted and as soon as it is untwisted the cruise control begins to work correctly and the vehicle stops accelerating on its own. However, it does it again within a few days. This has happened three times in two weeks. It is very dangerous and could easily get someone injured or worse. I see on several websites that I am not the only one with this model who is having this issue. This is an issue with the design or installation, not anything that we have done to the vehicle as no aftermarket adjustments or changes have occurred only routine maintenance.

- Richland, WA, USA

problem #13

Jul 172010


  • 51,000 miles


I bought a 2006 Ford Taurus in December 2009. After having the vehicle for a few months, the gas pedal began to stick. A few times going around 35-40mph, the pedal would stick keeping the car accelerating. Thinking it was just my imagination, didn't think too much about it. Then, while accelerating, the pedal stuck and continued to accelerate. I applied the brakes to the top of the hill I was on, and put the car in park and turned the car off. After starting the car again, the rpms were still racing and pedal was still stuck. Had to have the car towed back to the dealer for repair. Dealer replaced some kind of coil and cable to the cruise control.

- Pottstown, PA, USA

problem #12

Aug 272010


  • 69,600 miles
2006 Ford Taurus - while driving 30-40mph, the car began to accelerate without any pressure on the gas pedal. When attempting to stop the car, the brakes were pushed to the maximum and the car stopped half way into the intersection. After continuing through the red light, I put the car in neutral and the RPM continued to 4000-5000 until I shut the power off. When I restarted the car, the RPM immediately continued back to 5000. This is an extremely dangerous situation that I have read numerous reports and complaints. The remedy is shifting into neutral and coming to a stop--or tapping the accelerator with the foot and saying a prayer. There is no known recall available and this is a frequent complaint. There needs to be something done about this before it becomes fatal. It appears to be an issue with the cruise control that is common to many 2006 Ford Taurus models--even if the driver never uses the cruise control, the coil may hold the accelerator down. This can result in prolonged stopping times and distances, accidents, unexpected acceleration, and heating up brakes to the point of a fire. I urge any reader driving a Taurus -- particularly the 2006 model--to take action. This is not something that fixes itself and will absolutely result in future fatalities if not addressed.

- Quincy, MA, USA

problem #11

May 102010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 109,889 miles
The events leading up to the failure of my 2006 Ford Taurus just driving normal and after awhile the pedal would get stock and keep the speed plus go to about 60 to 65 mph. From speed of 45 to 55 being drove. It has happened more then 20 times in the past month I 'm in fear that I'm really endangering myself others on the highways and on the roads period. So far it hard to stop the car with the breaks when this happening because the gas is still feeding to the motor. I took it to Ford dealer after I took it to another shop and they could find the problem so I decided to take it to a Ford dealer and found that when test drove it did the same with them, they too and clean the throttle body and disconnected the cruise control saying that's where the malfunction came from. They also but in a new spring behind the pedal. With that being done it still did not fix the issue. They made it clear that they are not sure what's happening I don't understand because we never uses the cruise control in the 4 years that I have had it. The old parts is not available.

- Denton , MD, USA

problem #10

Dec 152009

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles


About six months ago I was driving on the I-10 about 60mph and I noticed that my car was picking up speed. I removed my foot from the accelerator and the car was going faster and faster. I taped the accelerator and it went back to normal. Two months later it did it again. I brought it in to my mechanic and he could find anything wrong. While driving home from the mechanic, I was driving about 45mph and it did the same thing. This time I could not stop the problem so I pulled to the side of the road and turned the car off. I waited a few moments and started the car and drove home without any problems. One month later, while driving 30mph it happened again. Then two more times after that. Each time I had to turn the car off, wait a few moments before restarting. Now it's back in the shop. The mechanic said that they could not find any problems, but they're still checking other areas. Why has Ford not recalled the 2006 Ford Taurus for this problem" does someone have to be killed first"

- New Orleans, LA, USA

problem #9

May 222010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 78,000 miles
I have a 2006 Ford Taurus sel that was accelerating by itself the rpms went up to 4,000 by itself and my foot wasn't on the gas pedal at all. I was trying to stop with the brakes and shift up to neutral with the motor on and the RPM's @ 4000. I turned off the vehicle and the problem was gone. This is the second.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #8

May 182010


  • 108,683 miles
I have a 2006 Ford Taurus that was accelerating buy it self the rpms went up to 4 buy its self my foot wasn't on the pedal at all was trying to get it to stop with the brake and put it in park with the motor rimmed up like I ease feeding it gas. I was just driving home nothing different, I slowed down to take my exit when I notice that the car was having issue in slowing down at that time I took my foot of the gas to see if the car would low down and it didn't the speed hand went up to 40 mph before I tried to slow it down, the gas was still feeding into the motor like my foot was on the gas and it wasn't. the problem has not yet been corrected I'm trying to have the car picked up to be carried to the shop cause I'm afraid to drive it.

- Denton, MD, USA

problem #7

Apr 212010


  • 40,570 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. While making a sharp turn with her foot on the brake pedal, the vehicle suddenly surged forward and crashed into a wall. The contact was driving approximately 10 mph prior to the failure. The front end of the vehicle was damaged but there were no injuries. When the failure previously occurred, an authorized dealer stated that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle; although, they did not inspect it. The current and failure mileages were 40,570.

- Atkeny, IA, USA

problem #6

Apr 112009


  • 60,000 miles


I was driving to work about to pull in to my office parking lot. I pulled my foot off of the accelerator so that coast into the parking lot when I noticed the car increasing in speed instead of slowing down. I had to brake hard just to keep the car under control, but it was going much faster than it should in a parking lot. As I tried to park, the rpms increased to dangerous levels. I put the car into park and the rpms were still very very high. I then shut the car off. I felt scared and grateful that I did not have an accident. The same morning, I took it to the dealer - thinking I might have to tow it, but it started and the rpms seemed okay. I got halfway to the dealer and it began to do it again as I was driving down an open road. I don't know why, but I tapped the accelerator and the rpms returned to normal. I described all of this to the dealer. They worked on it and could not find the problem. It acted up for them also. I picked the car up that afternoon with no other solution other than to tap the accelerator to get it to stop. Stupidly, I drove it for weeks this way before I found my own solution. My cruise control also stopped working. The problem is mechanical, I had my wife push the gas while the car was in park so that I could see what was actually moving under the hood of the car. I found some little control device (for lack of a better word) that was sticking. A ball and joint on the device would get disconnected from the action happening when you press the gas and cause the rmps to spike. I simply secured the ball and joint connection with wire fishing leader from my tackle box. No problems in almost 1 year. I didn't think more of it until all of the news about Toyota. Not sure about the date. - about 1 year ago.

- San Benito, TX, USA

problem #5

May 012009


  • miles
2006 Ford Taurus accelerates speed intermittently on its own. I made a previous complaint approximate date of first incident was given. I do not have that information accessible to myself now.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #4

Dec 112009


  • 82,000 miles
I was driving home on the highway when my accelerator became stuck halfway down. It would not stick if I tapped it, but re-stick again. I took it to the dealer they said that the cruise control cable had become bound around the accelerator causing it to stick. First incident was October 2007, now in December 2009 again. I was charged roughly 100 to detach the cruise control cabling. Ford agreed (reluctantly) to repair the cable so my cruise would work. Roughly 50,000 miles later my accelerator became stuck again. This time it would not unstick - tapping the pedal only made acceleration stronger. Brakes barely worked stomped to the floor. Repeated accelerator pedal sticking in open position is extremely dangerous and unacceptable. Car is out of warranty and I am again stuck with the bill - lucky I did not crash. Could have been much worse if it began to stick while accelerating hard. Just all of a sudden this happened - both times. One second the gas pedal works fine, then bam, its stuck. Once stopped I placed the car into park and it revved up to 4000 RPM. Would not re-start with accelerator down. Had to tow to unhelpful and unconcerned dealer - will never own a Ford again. I will tell everyone I know about this horrible defect. Not once, but twice! duplicate to 10207016

- Federal Way, WA, USA

problem #3

Oct 302009


  • 83,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. While driving 55 mph the vehicle began to accelerate without intention. She had to turn off the engine to stop the vehicle. She contacted the dealer, and a technician speculated that the throttle became stuck. She was then advised to bring the vehicle to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle has not been inspected. The failure mileage was 83,000.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #2

Oct 142008


  • 53,000 miles
While driving (can be at any speed) engine accelerates on its own as if using the cruise control. No lights come on (check engine or cruise) braking does not stop problem. Tapping accelerator will stop acceleration. Happens frequently. Car at 53000 miles and no longer under warranty.

- Needles, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 112007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,699 miles
Incident happens everytime I drive my vehicle. I can reproduce this at anytime. When I am using the accelerator. I ease off of the accelerator or release it completely and the the car goes faster. The accelerator with push it self in. In order to slow the vehicle down I have to press the accelerator. (I have to speed up to slow down). Another work around is shifting the car into neutral then braking. (when using this method of shifting the car to neutral I notice my RPM level jump from 1-2 RPM to 3-5 rpms). Please note that the two work arounds do not always solve this issue. Some times I have to pull off of the road.

- Chicago, IL, USA

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