really awful
Crashes / Fires:
4 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
20,735 miles

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2010 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #17

Sep 102016


  • 86,000 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 50 mph, the front end of the vehicle shuttered and accelerated on its own. When the brake pedal was depressed, the brakes failed without warning numerous times. The vehicle was driven to the dealer where it was diagnosed that the tat eco and braking systems failed. The contact stated that the brakes were replaced three times within one year; however, the failures recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 86,000.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #16

Dec 092016


  • 46,500 miles
On 4 occasions over a 2 month period my Taurus failed to accelerate immediately due to what had appeared to be the traction control powering down the motor, minus any flashing lights etc. I would pull up to a stop sign, and attempt to accelerate and I would lose all power for approx 2 seconds and then my car would slam into gear and take off (always on dry clean pavement). I at first dismissed this issue to being a sensor going bad for the ABS system. I later found that during that time same period the speed control would intermittently stop working at various places and times on straightaways or turns without regard to what speed it was set at, however this did not happen to myself but a relation who was borrowing my car on occasion. The latest issue was when I attempted to pull away from a stop light 4 nights ago and it felt like either my car was in much too high of a gear, or if I had been driving a manual transmission I would have sworn that the clutch had gone bad and was slipping horribly. I released the accelerator and placed the car into manual shift while coasting under 5mph. My Taurus lurched and slammed into first and then when I began to accelerate I placed it back into drive and it shifted fine on its own. I'm headed to the dealer later this week and am hoping to have this issue resolved quickly and easily after having found the service bulletin for this issue on here. I still don't get why this isn't a recall when so many people have had an issue, thankfully I purchased an extended warranty and I'm covered, oh and my Taurus has under 47,000 miles on it so it's not like I've got a zillion miles and this issue popped up, ugh. Good luck to all of you Taurus owners.

- Ticonderoga, NY, USA

problem #15

Nov 292016


  • 51,000 miles
My 2010 has had several drive train issues. The trans has been fixed a few times which took many returns to the dealer before finding the issue. After that at times the car accelerates on it's own from a stop. It's done about 7-9 times. I took it to the dealer where I bought car and they can not duplicate the problem. 3-4 times it took me in to an interchange luckily no one was coming until yesterday. I left a restaurant and moved the car about 20 yards came to a stop and immediately it started to accelerate. I was only less than 10 feet from the road. I felt it starting to accelerate and pushed down harder on the brakes but car surged in to road and collided with another car. I know I'll have a problem with Ford on this...plus my insurance cost will sky rocket as well. I need help!!

- Sykesville, MD, USA

problem #14

Aug 032015


  • 2,012 miles


I have experienced problems with my Taurus for three years beginning with the bad brake system, leaking moon roof, and now the trottal sensor performance system. The brake started with cable not releasing with the brakes are applied causing a rubbing noise which avis Ford still claiming they can't see or hear anything, next, the roof leak and replacing of the noisy air condition system that was replace and still has some knocking when the system is turned on. Third the car was required by the dealer to go through a computer upgrade with has cause the car to have performance issues. My car is at the dealership today for not execellarating. I was driving on Saturday with my two grandchildren under 4 years old and my car stop working, leaving me stranded with the children. The RPM lost power and the car would not drive, although the gears were working. I have always been a Ford owner, but with the multiple issues I have had with my Taurus, my desire is to go with another company and bid Ford farewell forever. Each time I take my car back to the dealership they continue to tell me that the issues are normal wear for the 2010 Taurus with the mileage of 88000 miles. I have been having issues with my car since before 36000 miles and the issues keep adding. Ford Motor Company should be responsible for the products they design and put on the road. I have seen other Taurus car that have not had half the issues my car has experienced over the past 5 years. Ford needs to buy my car back and replace it with a more reliable vehicle that does not have a million issues. My car has regular scheduled maintenance and still has issue after issue, that avis will not resume the responsibility to just creating a bad vehicle. This is my last Ford car, I will by elsewhere moving forward. I am a disappointed Ford customer, and I am not happy with Ford service.

- Southfield, MI, USA

problem #13

Aug 062014


  • miles
While driving on the expressway near dearborn, mi, my 2010 Ford Taurus began to increase in speed on its on. The last time I looked at it before I crashed, the odometer was at about 80 miles per hour. I could not stop the car by pressing on the brakes. I was getting close to other cares, so I turned to the right to avoid a collision with another car, so I hit the guard rail and the car rolled over. Thankfully, I was not hurt and no one else was either. My car, of course, was totalled and based on Michigan law, I also received a ticket.

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #12

Jul 042014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 24,000 miles
I was driving my vehicle on the interstate when it started surgeon. Then the next day when I was driving it in town started driving erratically and I thought it was going to die. I talked to Ford about it and they said that the escape and the Fusion were both recalled for the same issue. The throttle body it's the issue.

- Bellevue, NE, USA

problem #11

Feb 102011


  • 300 miles


The contact owns a 2010 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 10 mph, the brake pedal was depressed and the vehicle began to accelerate rapidly. The brake pedal was engaged repeatedly and the contact shifted into park in order to stop the vehicle from further accelerating. The failure was recurring. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and where the contact was awaiting diagnosis of the failure. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 300. The VIN was unavailable.

- Davenport, FL, USA

problem #10

Nov 232013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 58,166 miles
At approximately 11:30pm, est, on 11/23/2013, at a parking lot at the intersection of route 59 and franklin tpk., in suffern, NY, the vehicle engaged in an unintended acceleration while the brake was being applied to bring the car to a full stop. I, [xxx], the driver, forced down the brake pedal to halt the vehicle, placed the shift lever in neutral, and depressed the ignition button to stop the racing engine. The car was restarted, with no further malfunction. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Suffern, NY, USA

problem #9

Jan 182012


  • 29,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 10 mph, the brake was engaged and there was an unexpected acceleration. The contact applied the brake pedal repeatedly and the vehicle came to a stop. The failure occurred on a second occasion which resulted into a crash. There were no physical injuries. The contact's vehicle sustained moderate damages. A police report was filed of the incident. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for repair. The manufacturer was not notified of the unintended acceleration issue. The approximate failure mileage was 29,000.

- Okemos, MI, USA

problem #8

Apr 142012


  • 38,000 miles
This is the second occasion in two weeks. One surge occurred from a full stop and the ABS brakes didn't stop the vehicle before bumper impact. Second accident was when I was traveling 20-30 mph and went to stop and the car surge with the ABS foot pedal pressed as hard as possible. The ABS brakes made a noise 3 times before impact to rear bumper / spare tire. In addition I have complained to my dealership the last 3 service visits that the right side of the front brakes make a grinding noise sporadically when braking. I have also experienced loss of power while on a highway (very scary).

- Dedham, MA, USA

problem #7

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 #6

Nov 192011


  • 10,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while passing another vehicle at 50 mph, the accelerator pedal got stuck in a depressed position. The contact was not aware of the speed that the vehicle accelerated to after the pedal got stuck. In order to stop the vehicle from continuing to accelerate, the contact had to use their foot to pull the pedal up. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The failure and current mileages were 10,000. The VIN was unavailable.

- Logans Port, IN, USA

problem #5

Aug 222010


  • 900 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 35 mph the vehicle surged forward until extreme pressure was applied to the brake pedal. The failure recurred six times. The vehicle was towed to a dealer on three occasions; yet, the contact was told that there was nothing wrong with the vehicle. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 900 and the current mileage was 2,880.

- Norton, MA, USA

problem #4

Sep 012010


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that when braking from any speed, a grinding noise could be heard coming from the brakes. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where all of the rotors and drums were replaced. Approximately three months after repairs, the contact was driving approximately 35 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle and it was taken to an authorized dealer where the throttle body was replaced. The failure mileage was 2,000 and the current mileage was 8,300. The VIN was unavailable.

- Suffern, NY, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Mar 172010

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 3,200 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Taurus. While driving 15 mph the vehicle suddenly accelerated without warning causing the contact to crash into a hill. The driver and passenger were injured during the crash. A police report was filed. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer and there were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 3200. Updated 5/3/10 updated 06/10/10.

- Danville, WV, USA

problem #1

Jan 302010


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2010 Ford Taurus which was purchased on January 15, 2010. While driving at speeds of 55 mph, the collision warning symbol illuminated on the instrument panel and within one half mile, the vehicle stalled. On a separate occasion, while utilizing the cruise control mechanism at 65 mph, the "driver intervention" and "collision warning" symbols illuminated on the instrument panel and the vehicle stalled again. He was able to restart the vehicle within a few minutes. The dealer was contacted and the failures could not be duplicated. No repairs were made to the vehicle. The contact stated that the cruise control mechanism was controlled by a sensor and when the vehicle came to close to a preceding vehicle, the cruise control sensor would slow the vehicle down to avoid a potential crash. The contact stated that the "collision warning" light was to advise the driver when this was occurring. The dealer installed a recording device in the vehicle and advised the contact to utilize it the next time there was a failure in the vehicle so that they could record exactly what may have caused the failures. To date, the vehicle was in possession of the dealer. The failure mileage was 1,000 and the current mileage was 2,520.

- Norborne, MO, USA

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