hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
64,828 miles

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2006 Ford Taurus transmission problems

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2006 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #11

Aug 152012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle accelerated independently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the throttle body would need to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The failure and current mileage was 80,000. Updated 5/7/13 the consumer stated the idle air control valve and the camshaft were also replaced. Updated 06/10/2013

- Wheaton, IL, USA

problem #10

Dec 262012


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2006 Ford Taurus. Consumer requests reimbursement for transmission failure in vehicle. The consumer stated the torque converter was replaced. Updated 02/19/13

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #9

Aug 012011


  • 66,125 miles
I have a 2006 Ford Taurus and within the past couple of months it will die while sitting at a redlight. I have to turn off the ignition and restart the car and that usually solves the problem. This has happened about 6 times in the past 2 months. Today, however, it stalled at a redlight and I restarted but as I continued driving, the RPM would drop rapidly when I hit the breaks and it acted like it would die. I continued driving and was going about 45 miles an hour and all of the sudden all the odometers dropped to zero and everything on the dashboard went out. I pushed the gas pedal and then everything came back on. Very strange and now I'm worried the car might die when I'm actually driving and not sitting at a redlight.

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #8

Feb 232011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 106,728 miles


My husband was driving down the road in our 2006 Ford Taurus and it suddenly without warning came to a complete stop on the highway and had to be manually pushed off the highway. This was very dangerous. We had the vehicle towed to a garage nearby and the owner said "the transmission is completely shot". we had the vehicle towed again to precision transmission in whiteville, nc. They notified us that the torque converter in this Taurus is defective. The shop owner also told me that there were 3 other tauruses on the lot to be repaired at the same time. The shop owner knew exactly what was wrong with our car before they even looked at it because she said that the metal used in the torque converters in several years of Taurus making was defective. We own 2 Ford tauruses, the other one is a 2007. We do not want our other car to just stop in the middle of the road because it is very very dangerous. The shop owner informed me that the 2007 tauruses will probably have the same fate as the 2006. Ford Motor Company should be responsible because this is deadly. It cost us $825 for the torque converter and towing.

- Elizabethtown, NC, USA

problem #7

Oct 202010


  • 117,000 miles
I own a 2006 Ford Taurus and without any kind of warning or signs, my car stopped on me completely during rush hour in the middle of the day. As I took my feet off the brakes to proceed through the intersection as the light turned green, my car began to roll backwards as though it were in neutral. This could have resulted in a more serious accident if I would have rolled back into the car behind me. Or if they would have been eager and had accelerated behind me or standing behind the car.

- Little Mountain, SC, USA

problem #6

Jun 282010


  • 65,690 miles
I was driving down interstate 1-96 in Michigan. While passing a semi-truck, we were going 70 mph. The 2006 Ford Taurus SE I was driving failed to accelerate. I laid on the gas pedal, but it acted like the car was stuck in neutral. The engine roared, and the RPM's soared to over 6,000. We were just coasting to a stop, and were nearly rear ended from behind. We got into the right lane, nearly hitting the truck we were trying to get over for. It took everything I could do to get the car over into the right lane. The car died just as I got it over, still close to being hit by traffic whizzing by. I turned it off and then restarted. The engine started, but we could not go into drive. Aaa had it towed to a nearby shop in South lansing. They told me the next day that the transmission had been "shot". the tranny fluid was burned badly. They said I needed it totally replaced at a cost of nearly $4,000. I had never had any problems before this with the car. And there were no warning signs leading up to the failure. The mechanic said it was a "sudden failure" of the transmission. He said he had seen other Ford Taurus's with similar problems. The car only has 65,000 miles on it. I called Ford and was told to have it towed to a dealership. We did that and were given the same result. I am complaining because I feel Ford needs to issue a recall. There are hundreds of stories like this online regarding the transmission in the 05, 06 Taurus. Will it take someone getting hurt before something is done? I feel I am very lucky to be alive. I do not feel safe driving a Ford anymore. A recall should be made so people are aware this could happen. I never even knew there were issues with these transmission/torque converters until I did some research online. Your organization needs to investigate this before someone is killed or injured (perhaps this is already the case). I will not rest until this issue has been resolved and I know these bad transmissions are off the road!

- Jackson, MI, USA

problem #5

Jan 262010


  • 63,000 miles


I just purchased (1/23/2010) a used 2006 Ford Taurus SE, 3.0L vehicle with 62,800 miles. At the time of purchase the cruise control did not work (would not engage) and I was told by the dealer (phillipsburg/stateline Hyundai) they would have me return to repair it as soon as the parts arrived. At approximately 6:00 pm on 1/26/2010), I was driving the vehicle at 35 mph on airport road/South when I noticed the light ahead turned yellow. I released the accelerator and the car continued to maintain speed. (I had not turned on the cruise control and there were no indications it was on). I then stepped on the brake and to my amazement the car attempted to accelerate. I depressed the brakes further, but the engine revved higher to maintain speed and I went thru the red light! attempting to stop the car, as another traffic light with stopped cars was immediately ahead, I had to swerve to the right turn lane and went thru another red light barely avoiding crossing traffic. Not thinking to turn off the ignition, I depressed the parking brake, continued to hit the main brakes and the car began to slow (speed) although the engine revved uncontrollably. I finally pulled to the side and shut off the engine. I attempted to restart the car and during 4 successive tries it immediately revved to over 4,000 RPM. On the 5th try the start was normal and I was able to drive home. I am taking the car to the dealer tomorrow morning to have the problem diagnosed and corrected immediately! this could have been a disaster for both myself, my car and those innocent pedestrians/fellow drivers on the road at the time.

- Bethlehem, PA, USA

problem #4

Jan 142009


  • 68,892 miles
In the last 30 days, I have had this happen to me at least once a day. I am driving on the interstate, traveling approx. 60 mph, and all of sudden my rpms shoot up to over 4000 and my car accelerates by itself. Then, when my car is running in idle, the rpms are over 5000 and it sounds as if someone has the acceleration pushed to the floor. Then there are times when I am driving, increasing my speed gradually, and my rpms will be stuck at 2000 and my car will not go faster than 30-40 miles per hour, which is extremely dangerous on the interstate with heavy traffic. I have read several other complaints about this problem, and I think it is more than a coincidence, Ford has a serious problem.

- Omaha, NE, USA

problem #3

May 292008


  • 86,000 miles
While driving to faa class in the morning about 7:30. My car(2006 years Ford Taurus, 86,000miles) stopped on the road(104th westboud 100yards from S.penn avenue). And policeman pushed my car with his car off the road. I called geico who then towed it to the service center. The diagnosis was transmission failure and the cost was $3,400 to repair the vehicle. But I had it towed to a different shop. They are fixing my car and requested 1800$(1year warranty) and they said this a very strange case. I'm spending money for 6month faa training fee/housing/daughters school and camp fee/family's food/etc about more than 35,000$. this country is taking all of my money. I really want to solve this to my satisfaction. If you can please contact Ford on my behalf to rectify the problem. I need your help. Thank you.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #2

Apr 032006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,674 miles
I own a 2006 Ford Taurus. When starting the vehicle, it lunges forward approximately 6 inches. This occurs most frequently when the weather is cold (<40 degrees). This is a potentially dangerous situation. I took my car to the local Ford dealership and asked for the problem to be repaired. I was told that most Taurus' have this problem, and there was nothing they could/would do to correct it.

- Wyoming, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 092006

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles
I have owned my 2005 Ford Taurus for 15 months. Recently, during cold weather, the car has lunged forward ~6" when starting it for the first time in the morning. This has only happened a couple times thus far. This occurs while in park. The wheels do not move, rather, the car 'bucks' forward. If someone were walking in front of the vehicle when this happened, they could be injured. This could also lead to personal property damage if the vehicle was parked near another object [other car, garage door, etc.]. I've heard this has happened to other, older model Taurus' as well [probably never resolved]. my dealer was made aware of this and reports no recalls per my VIN#.

- Cheshire, CT, USA

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