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 1 of 8)

problem #156

Nov 042006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 99,000 miles


Car self accelerates for no reason. It happened four times today during a 10 minute drive. It happens while car is moving and at low speed, approximately 25 miles per hour.11\4.

- St. Charles, MO, USA

problem #155

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 #154

Jul 242016


  • 129,000 miles
On the afternoon of Sunday, July 24th, 2016, our 2006 Ford Taurus began accelerating out of control on its own Accord while driving down the street in worcester, Massachusetts. We tried to brake the car, but were not able to compete against the rapid acceleration. We ended up putting it in neutral, and then in park, and bring it to a stop (albeit in the middle of a busy street) where it was still reaching upwards of 4,500 rpms. Very disconcerting. As we could not drive any further like this, we shut it off, got out, and called aaa for a tow, which arrived almost two hours later after we sat in the hot afternoon sun and were diverting traffic around our disabled vehicle. Being that we were traveling with two other guests and the tow truck could only accommodate 2 people max for the trip back to Rhode Island (over 40 miles away), the driver tried to diagnose and fix the problem on the spot. He looked under the hood and showed us that the cruise control cable had become unclipped and fallen off. He then lubed it up, reattached it, and had us do a couple of tests to see if it was working properly. Thankfully it was, and we slowly and cautiously were able to drive home. After doing some research, we became aware that this was and is a known issue with our year, make, and model of car, and that an investigation had been opened into it. We are also aware that, at that time, Ford had launched a "customer satisfaction campaign" to fix or replace defective cruise control cables. While we were able to drive the car home that day, we are not thrilled about the possibility of this issue happening again and would like to have this issue fixed by Ford. I have spoken to three separate people at Ford at this point, and all have refused to have this problem taken care of by Ford for us.

- Cranston, RI, USA

problem #153

Jun 252016


  • 90,000 miles


When driving the gas pedal sticks to the floor of the car, the cruise control comes on, and the car will just take off. It still stays stuck when you turn the car off. You have to put the car in park and push on the gas pedal until it stops. This happened on 6/25/16 and numerous times since.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #152

Apr 222016

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. While driving 20 mph, the vehicle accelerated without warning. The brakes failed to respond when the pedal was depressed. The vehicle stopped upon turning off the ignition. The contact notified the manufacturer. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000. Updated 06/14/16

- Longmont, CO, USA

problem #151

Mar 202016


  • 75,000 miles
Car in motion at highway speed. Accelerator sticks after taking foot off. On highway and street. Cruise control is off. Must put car in neutral, pull off road, restart car.

- Richmond, KY, USA

problem #150

Mar 212016


  • 173,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving at 50 mph, the vehicle independently accelerated. The contact merged to the shoulder of the road when suddenly the engine rpms revved. The failure had recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was repaired, however the details of the repair could not be provided and the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 173,000.

- Palmer, TX, USA

problem #149

Jan 312016


  • 120,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. While driving various speeds, the vehicle began to accelerate without the accelerator pedal being depressed. There were no warning lights illuminated. Additionally, the rpms on the instrument panel peaked to 400. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the failure could not be determined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 120,000.

- Indian Orchard, MA, USA

problem #148

Mar 212016


  • 125,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. While driving at various speeds with the cruise control engaged, the vehicle independently accelerated without warning. The vehicle was able to be stopped and a loud abnormal noise was heard. The vehicle was not diagnosed nor repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 125,000.

- East Montpelier, VT, USA

problem #147

Mar 082016


  • 90,000 miles
Car accelerated with brakes applied, this corrected itself then repeated 3 more times. Took car to my mechanic discovered cruise control arm detached and was getting caught in throttle. Took car to dealer. They will examine on 3/10/16.called Ford spoke with jeffrey in customer service no recall gave VIN# and reported issue. Discovered this issue has happened to many others with Taurus vehicles. Very dangerous and scary issue. The part is plastic and either wears or bad design because it comes free from the mount and gets caught in the throttle when driving. You don't know until you try to stop. Car wants to keep going and RPM gauge shows throttle being applied with foot off accelerator and on brake.pushing the gas pedal rapidly dislodge's cruise control arm but it gets stuck again randomly. Mechanic snapped piece back in place but it dislodged again once gas pedal is depressed.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #146

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 #145

Dec 182015


  • 140,000 miles
Recently while I was driving my cruise control completely stopped working. Two days after that I was slowing for a red light and I noticed that my car was revving up in gears as I was slowing down. I was barely able to get my car to stop and I shut it down to prevent accident. After the red light was over I started up my car and shifted into drive. That is when I noticed my car accelerating on its own. Without pressing my foot on the gas pedal my car was able to accelerate up to about 45 miles per hour. This car is unsafe and after some research I have found out that there were 14 issues like this reported and others that were not reported (for instance this happened to my sister's 2005 Ford Taurus and she had to repair it out of her own pocket). I wanted to provide this report because Ford is refusing to help with this issue despite this being a clear safety issue. This issue happens while the car is stationary and while moving.

- Allentown, PA, USA

problem #144

Sep 232015


  • 25 miles
When getting in car vehicle accelerates by itself, can go to 50 mph without touching gas petal. Even when braking rmp is over 2,000. Very scary, at dealership now trying to figure out what's going on. After reviewing others complaints this seems like a recall is needed for Ford before it kills someone.

- Amelia, VA, USA

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

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