definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
21,345 miles

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2010 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 082010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 900 miles


Soon after I got my new 2010 Ford Taurus in March of 2010, it came to a complete stop as I was driving with my sister (mileage under 1,000 miles). I called the Ford dealership and they said to try it again - the car ran well, so I forgot about the incident. In April 2012, I again lost power suddenly and completely while driving. I put on the emergency lights, left the car in the middle of my road where it had stopped, and called aaa to tow it back to the dealership. Service replaced the throttle body, and said they found nothing that could cause the car to stall. Twice again, the car stopped as I was driving it and each time Ford service could find nothing wrong. The last incident left me shaken as I was stuck across my road, exposed to two-way traffic. After the last incident Ford examined the car for several days, drove it hundreds of miles and said they could not duplicate the problem. They referred me to Ford motor. Ford wanted a second opinion from another dealership. Of course the second opinion said all was fine, and they could not duplicate the intermittent problem. Ford Motor Company declined my request for a replacement car and for a loaner. I took the car back to the Ford and left it there. Ford absolutely knows the dangers of this car, they are well documented in my complaint history and in various complaint venues on the internet and they are stone walling very effectively. The fact is that Ford itself has issued several technical service bulletins talking about...if there is an intermittent lack of power¿¿. I was ¿¿intermittently put in danger four times. Ford tells me they will auction the car, full well knowing of the risks. This car VIN is dangerous and should be never be on the road again to compromise passenger and driver safety.

- Chappaqua, NY, USA

problem #8

Dec 312010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 159 miles
Acceleration stalls from 0-5 mph then is followed by a harsh bump on take-off this car is very dangerous it will stall upon down shifting while merging into traffic for as long as 6 seconds. This causes traffic behind me to take avoidance maneuvers. When passing it will do the same thing taking 3 to 6 seconds to start accelerating. When I pull out to pass it falls back a full car length before it makes up its mind to accelerate. Very dangerous, it will do this at 30 mph through 70 mph.

- Killeen, TX, USA

problem #7

Oct 122011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 120,000 miles
On several occasions, while driving at varying speeds between 15 mph and 65 mph, the engine will lose power, followed by the dashboard indicator "D" light going out, and the electrical accessories, associated with the engine or reverse functions, such as the cruise control and the rear window shade will shut down. Basically, at the time of this power loss, the vehicle default safety functions engage. Shortly thereafter, within 30 seconds, the engine regains thrust and the "D" light comes back on. Friend following in the car behind me reported seeing my "reverse lights" turn on and stay on while I reported the "D" light was out. Took to two separate dealerships over the course of 5 visits. Engine periodically continues to do this. Issue seems to be resolved when additional gas is applied and power is engaged. A complete restart of the car seems to also cause the plaguing problem go away. Concerns include total loss of power and possible rear end collisions and failure in an intersection due to this sudden loss of power. I've experienced this on the interstate as well while making a left turn from a four lane main road in Washington, DC.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #6

Jun 222011


  • 47,500 miles


On two occasions the vehicle has stalled or lost power while in the process of driving. The first time this occurred the vehicle was traveling 20mph approximately 10 minutes into the drive. The second time this occurred the vehicle was traveling 55 mph while set on cruise control five hours into a drive. In both occurrences the display indicated to put shifter into park while the vehicle was stalled and still moving. While the vehicle was stalled the power steering and braking was disabled. After pulling over to the side of the road, placing the vehicle in park and restarting the vehicle operated normal. The Ford dealership has tried to diagnose the problem twice without success. The dealership has contacted Ford and they state they aren't aware of any problems of this nature. This is a very hazardous condition to occur while traveling 55mph on a curvy canyon road. I'm very concerned with continuing to drive the vehicle.

- Arroyo Grande, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 102011


  • 7,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle would intermittently stall while driving at any speed. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unknown and the current mileage was 7,000.

- Lawrence, KS, USA

problem #4

Mar 102011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,700 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 65 mph the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was moved to the side of the road, the engine was turned off and then it restarted immediately. The dealer informed the contact to bring the vehicle in for an inspection within the next couple of days. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 6,700. Updated 04/15/11 updated 1/13/2012

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #3

May 062010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Taurus sho. The contact stated that intermittently, the vehicle would lose power abnormally. The vehicle would not stall but loose power for a few moments before independently regaining power. The dealer inspected the vehicle several times but was unable to locate or duplicate the failure. The failure mileage was 24 and the current mileage is 4, 819. Updated 02/07/11 updated 03/17/11

- Brighton, MI, USA

problem #2

Jul 292010


  • 9,568 miles
The 2010 Ford Taurus loses power and the vehicle shuts off at speeds within and excess of 65 mph. When the defect occurs, the engine turns off, the throttle is deactivated, the center stack console is deactivated and the message center in the vehicle's cluster tells the driver to put the vehicle in park. The driver must then place the vehicle in park in order to start the vehicle once again. This issue has occurred twice within 45 days. For the first occurrence, the vehicle was provided to the Ford dealership where it was purchased to perform a root cause analysis. No issue was found and the vehicle was returned to the owner. The defect occurred once again on July 29, 2010 and the Ford dealership has been contacted to pick up the vehicle once a loaner vehicle can be obtained. No physical change or improvement has been made to address this issue at this time and Ford field service engineering has not been involved or notified.

- Ypsilanti, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 202010


  • 250 miles
I bought this car 2010 Ford Taurus sel and have complained about sudden acceleration but the dealership was unable to duplicate but it still continues to do so when I least expect it. Then I noticed red fluid was leaking and the dealership found the seal was not properly sealed by the manufacturer. Then when I turned off the car the gear shift refused to shift and when it did after five minutes, I could not get my key out!....now the cd player is accelerating when I try to play my music, this car is a lemon.

- San Jose, CA, USA

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