hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
77,686 miles

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2008 Ford Taurus drivetrain problems

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2008 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #6

Oct 262012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 86,341 miles


At highway speed, vehicle suddenly, without any warning lights, stops running, resulting in loss of all power assist to maneuver vehicle to safety. Unable to restart vehicle. Towed to repair shop. Problem determined to be failure of "coil on plug" ignition coils, which shorted out PCM/processor assembly (main computer). Additionally, this mis-firing resulted in partial low effiency in catalytic converter, which will eventually impair vehicle's ability to meet emission standards. Total repair costs: Ignition coils (6), spark plugs (6), and PCM replacement - $2,314.14, catalytic converter replacement - $1,589.95, for a total of $3,904.09 Ford Motor Company has been aware of this problem since at least 2010, and has issued two technical service bulletins regarding this problem.

- Norwalk, OH, USA

problem #5

Jun 122012


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that when attempting to accelerate, the vehicle would jerk abnormally and every warning light on the instrument panel illuminated. The contact stated that he pulled over and tried to restart the vehicle. The contact had to depress the accelerator pedal in order for the vehicle to start but the vehicle would not move forward when shifted into drive. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they advised that the vehicle seemed to function normally. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified but no assistance was provided. The failure mileage was 80,000.

- White Hills, AZ, USA

problem #4

Aug 282012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 33,000 miles
At a complete stop, and waiting to turn, engine revved up and lurched forward for no apparent reason. (unintended acceleration). Foot was on brake at the time. This occurred twice within an hour on the same day.

- Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

problem #3

Oct 282011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 95,000 miles


Update on transmission fluid loss of 10/27/11. Transmission oil loss unbeknown to me untill the transmission started to fail it's normal function. The cause was a leak in the trans cooler combo unit. The fluid accumulated at the base of the radiator. While it was on the lift I requested a check of the surpintine belt because it was squeeling. They made the dicovery that the belt was covered with transmission fluid. All this time, while driving, the trans. Oil was being sprayed over the belt causing it to slip over the pulleys of the power steering, ac unit pump and other equipment being driven by this belt.things could have turned out very badly for me and my passengers, because of an oil soaked surpintine belt, not to mention the fire hazard. My cost was $750. How do I go about recovering that cost. 78 years old. Let other people know of a possible problem with trans. Fluid leakage. And yet I love my Taurus.

- Ballston Lake, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 262011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 93,500 miles
On inspection: Found leakingtransmission fluid fromcooler combo accumulating at base of radiator cover. Lost closae to three quarts of fluid before I got any warning ofthe loss by irregular shifting. No dashboard indicator that fluid was low. A fire hazard.was there any damage to the transmission". the dealer cost for repair and replacement $700. Since when does one have to remove most of the front of the car to get to the radiator section."

- Ballston Lake, NY, USA

problem #1

Sep 072011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 83,000 miles
It began with only the wrench light going on and the RPM would go up and the car would lurch forward. I would reset it with a code checker and I would not have the problem. The problem and the light would eventually return. It was recommended to change the air filter, the air filter was changed and the problem went away for approximately 3 weeks. Now not only my wrench light but my engine light also goes on and it returns every day after resetting it. After I looked up the problem on the internet I found that the problems seems to appear in other Ford models. I am very surprised that this is not a recall. This is a safety hazard and eventually someone will get hurt or killed before anything is done about this issue.

- Kirkland, IL, USA

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