really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
36,832 miles

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2013 Ford Taurus drivetrain problems

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2013 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #11

Dec 212016


  • 72,000 miles


On 5/31/2013 I purchased a new 2013 Ford Taurus sho. Today, the car has about 73,000 miles on it. About three weeks ago I began smelling a hot smell, like plastic or sulfur, but could not pin point it. I was concerned that my car was going to catch on fire because it just didn't smell right, both inside and outside the car. I only smelled it after the car got warmed up and was stationary or moving slow in town. After I accelerated the smell would go away, but would come back when I slowed down and stopped. Then I began to notice a couple drops of fluid underneath my car. I took it to the dealership who told me I probably had some oil on the engine, which would go away with time. I had the oil changed and new tires put on and asked them to check a couple error codes I had gotten. The service technicians told me my car was fine and I could drive it, including to Chicago for christmas. The smell problem continued and the leak progressively got worse, so I immediately took it back again. They now tell me that the power transfer unit has failed and the car has a turbo down pipe leak. To repair, it will cost me over $2,000. I contacted Ford to see if they could help me. They told me that because the powertrain warranty has expired, they will not help me. I explained that this car would still be under warranty as of May 31, 2017 and the powertrain should not fail at 73,000 miles, most of which were highway miles. Ford still will not provide any assistance. In speaking with the dealership, they told me this is an issue that has been going on. They've had 5 other ptus fail in about six months. Ford documented the case number as 11420940. I am going to take pictures and save all documents and receipts.

- Iowa City, IA, USA

problem #10

Aug 012016


  • 52,000 miles
Whitle driving at any speed the car will stop acceleration and will not go as if it is getting no power. It will start to sputter and then the wrench light will come on. If car is turned off it will immediately be fine this is random it may happen 3 times in a day and then not again for a week ant there is no rhyme or reason as to when it will occur. It does this while driving at any speed and I feel it is very dangerous.

- Shreveport, LA, USA

problem #9

Aug 092016


  • 32,500 miles
Vehicle on multiple occasions will stop accelerating and will start stalling while driving, which can cause an accident since the person behind you will not notice the vehicle not accelerating. The power-train "wrench" light turns on. When you press on the accelerator, the accelerator will not function and the vehicle will keep stalling. The electronics and ac inside the vehicle do not turn of during this. I have to turn off the vehicle for about 1 minute and then turn on the vehicle. It will drive fine a moment but the symptoms come back. All this happened during driving in the city. The average speed where this has happened is between 30-40 mph.

- Flower Mound, TX, USA

problem #8

Jul 242016


  • 28,993 miles


The wrench came on the screen and my car stopped in the middle of the road in 104 degree weather with kids.

- Waller, TX, USA

problem #7

Jun 102013


  • miles
My Taurus symptoms are, lose of power in lower gears(1,2,3). When accelerating from a stand still, the car hesitates. And now the car has a crank no start issue and I smell fuel. My my touch is a little slow but my reverse cam is upside down and some times doesn't show a view at all. Other then that, my Taurus has been great and reliable. I hope Ford finds away to address these issues before they lose a loyal costumer

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #6

Mar 302016


  • 33,719 miles
The vehicle has the 3.5L non-turbo engine, has about 35,000mi, was purchased as a certified pre-owned vehicle, and is fully stock (has not been modified in any manner. When at low speeds (less than 20mph most of the time) and certainly less than 40mph) and also after making a slight turn (not a forceful one) after having initially applied prior to the turn and then released the accelerator pedal during the turn followed with a re-application of the accelerator pedal, the vehicle loses power and the rpms were noticed to lock in the 1200-1500rpm range. The same phenomenon occurred in a 2012 2.5L 4cyl escape that I had purchased and then had to return because this same phenomenon occurred but to a much greater extent and the Ford dealership could not duplicate the condition.this lack of acceleration at one time placed me in a dangerous situation. Etb was replaced but not the root cause. 5 other 2012-2013 Ford with 4cyl and 3.5L non-turbo V-6 all had the same drivability. Other people who had experienced that same issue. This is easy to duplicate. I pulled out to pass someone at about 20mph and the rpms locked @1200. The vehicle would only stay at about the same speed. In this case it was a dangerous situation because I could not get the vehicle to accelerate and traffic from behind me was coming up at a dangerous (for me) rate of closure. I believe that Ford has to be aware of this condition and has not chosen to remedy it. When this lack of acceleration occurs, it always occurs after a lateral motion of the vehicle. Some people say it is due to the shift algorithm because it sometimes occurs just prior to a shifting action; but, this is truly not the case. Think stability control interface. This cannot be disabled in my vehicle without disabling other systems so it cannot be proven out by me without setting codes or compromising the vehicle. Pls see att file.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #5

Jan 032016


  • 44,160 miles


Vehicle going about 30 mph in city street when all of a sudden the car started to slow to a crawl about 3 mph and I could not accelerate.the dashboard displayed a wrench warning light.I was able to coast to left side of road where I turned off car.when I restarted car everything was back to normal.in vehicle settings failed to show any fault.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 042015


  • 72,000 miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 30 mph, the front driver side tire seized and came completely off the tire rod, which almost resulted in a crash. A passenger sustained unknown injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 14V393000 (power train). The approximate failure mileage was 72,000.

- Tallahassee, FL, USA

problem #3

Jun 172015


  • 42,500 miles
Difference felt with accelerating, a loss of power with higher RPM's required. Found leak in front drive axle seal and was replaced at dealer. Now, the day after, the is a vibration that changes with speed (accelerating, coasting, decelerating; faster/slower with speed).

- Tallmadge, OH, USA

problem #2

Feb 052014


  • miles
The contact owns a 2013 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle hesitated to accelerate. Upon making a left or right turn, the vehicle sputtered and attempted to stall. The vehicle was taken to a dealer who replaced the throttle body, but the failure persisted. The VIN was not available. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was not available. Updated 7/29/15

- Gouldsboro, PA, USA

problem #1

Aug 172013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 27,280 miles
On Saturday, Aug 17th, our 2013 Ford Taurus police interceptor (sedan) VIN:[xxx] was stopped at a place of business and turned off. Initially, the vehicle would not restart. After a few minutes the vehicle started but would not move. The vehicle was removed from the premises by a wrecker and taken to griffin Ford co in thomasville, ga. This date, Aug. 22, 2013, I spoke with a serviceman at griffin Ford and was told that the front wheel axle had broken and that the repair part would be back-ordered (placed on an emergency need basis), but no repair time frame could be given due to the fact that there were no replacement parts in the country. We have had previous problems with both of our (above VIN # and VIN:[xxx]) 2013 Ford Taurus police vehicles with the problems previous to this being excessive gas fumes within both vehicles (fuel pump was replaced before recall was issued on both cars but after receiving recall, fuel pumps were again replaced), check engine light was on (evaporative emissions solenoid was replaced, air bag light was on, seat belt sensor was bad and the buckle/sensor was replaced. All of these issues have occurred this year. As you are aware, all repairs take time and we are especially concerned about the time frame to receive and repair the wheel axle. Have there been other reports of this type of problem? looking forward to a response from your Agency. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Coolidge, GA, USA

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