really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
82,492 miles

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2008 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #10

Nov 052016


  • 165,000 miles


I have seen many many complaints about this same exact issue. The wrench symbol lights up on dash when driving and engine revs as if it is in neutral, low gas mileage symbol lights up and instead of saying how many gallons until empty, there are just 3 dots ( ---). I pull over, turn car off and putting it in park or any gear, it jerks and is loud. It seems as if everything on the car is just shutting down, yet still working. The wrench symbol happens more often, and all the other symbols are only sometimes. I just spent $1000 on the transmission getting repaired so it shouldnt be that. It also says " tire pressure monitor fault" when this happens. The car is very jerky and jerks forward. Doesnt seem very safe. After pulling over and turning the car off, it seems ok if I let it sit for 10 minutes or so. Sometimes, not all the time though. I never know.

- Mckean, PA, USA

problem #9

Jul 122014


  • 178,516 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving at 70 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the PCM sent excessive energy to the coil pack causing it to melt. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 178,516.

- Union, MO, USA

problem #8

Feb 052013


  • 96,000 miles
Waiting at a flashing red arrow to turn left. Traffic cleared, I accelerated, got barely into intersection, car choked, would barely move. Semi truck put up huge plumes of blue smoke from tires burning on dry pavement. Truck barely stopped before T-bone in my drivers door. Certainly would have been killed. Coil pack on cylinder #2 burned out, also burning out PCM computer on board. Repaired and replaced both. Cylinder #2 coil pack burned out 2 more times since. Cylinder #4 coil pack burned out once since. PCM computer had to be replaced twice more since original incident. Ford has had a tech bulletin out since 04/2011 on this problem. The loss of engine power with no prior warning is going to get people killed. I would not be writing this right now, if the semi would have been going a little faster, or would have been a little closer. Googled problem...very, very common, and mostly on cylinder #2. Ford Motor Company unwilling to do anything. Spoke by phone 06/09/2015

- Pontiac, MI, USA

problem #7

Oct 132014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 58,000 miles


2008 Ford Taurus. Parked in driveway with foot on brake...all of sudden the engine accelerates rapidly and I proceed to hit the side of the house. The next day was just sitting at stoplight with my foot on the brake and the engine for no reason accelerates to over 4000 RPM.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

problem #6

Jun 202014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • miles
2008 Ford Taurus. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle stalling problems. The consumer stated the vehicle stalled eight times, since he purchased it new in April of 2009. The dealer was unable to determine the cause of the stalling, without a code.

- Pilgrim, KY, USA

problem #5

Nov 162011


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 10 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician was unable to diagnose the failure. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 30,000 and the current mileage was 40,000.

- Damascus, VA, USA

problem #4

Sep 162013


  • 138,400 miles


Stopped at a red light, suddenly engine surged, racing like it was going to take off. I stayed on the brake, then put the car in park, it continued to surge. Moved it back to drive and within a few seconds the surging stopped. I was able to continue on without incident. My mechanic checked the vehicle out without finding anything. I took it to a Ford dealer. They went over it, took it out on the road for a test, nothing showed. My concern if it should occur when I didn't have my foot on the brake.

- Limerick, ME, USA

problem #3

Jul 092013


  • 85,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 50 mph, the vehicle jerked as there was a sudden loss of acceleration without warning. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where the failure was unable to be replicated. The contact mentioned that the engine was replaced but did not resolve the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 85,000 and the current mileage was 35,000. The VIN was not available.

- Saint Petersburg, FL, USA

problem #2

Jul 212013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 41,000 miles
At a complete stop, car lurched forward at full throttle. I have had the car in for this problem previously. The dealership said no codes were stored and they could not duplicate the concern. This is a real safety issue.

- Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

problem #1

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

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