really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,383 miles

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2013 Ford Taurus electrical problems

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2013 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #15

Dec 232016


  • 60,075 miles


While driving 75 mph on an interstate, I lost the power steering and was able to get the vehicle to the side of the road, a red warning message to service power steering now came on, at the same time turn signal would not work and traction control warning light came. Since it was the weekend and I was driving home for christmas I still drove the car home. I now have the car at dealership, and being told no recall on this car. But there is a recall on others for same issue. I don't have the cost yet but tried to call Ford customer service and they are close for the holiday. Wait to see whats next. Miliage on the car was 60,070

- Forsyth, MO, USA

problem #14

Sep 012016


  • 80,000 miles
Driving on freeway when the engine warning light came on and lost all control of steering. Had to stop in middle of road when a bystander came by and helped me get it to the side. Then had it towed to my house. Found out it was electric steering had gone out. Could have caused serious accident. Called Ford and they said there was no recall for my car. Will have it towed to Ford dealer where I will probably have to pay big bucks to get it fixed.

- Canton, MI, USA

problem #13

Aug 212016


  • 87,000 miles
Power steering failed and caused vehicle to be very difficult to continue properly around a bend in the road. Simultaneous with this failure, the traction control system sent up an alarm and the turn signals stop working and the lever has to be held in place to make the indicators work.

- Buxton, ME, USA

problem #12

Jul 022016


  • 85,000 miles


Positive battery terminal connection corrodes at an incredibly high rate. Connections are poorly engineered and break away causing loss of power. Because of poor connection the alternator will not sufficiently charge batter. This could lead to loss of power steering and brakes while driving. If you search online there are numerous complaints.

- Falls Of Rough, KY, USA

problem #11

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 #10

Jan 152016


  • miles
I have 2013 Ford Taurus at sam galloway Ford in fort myers Florida, they called me and said my E.T.B electronic throttle body needs to be repaired/replaced and it will cost $750 out the door. I started doing some research for cheaper cost and I came across other Ford with this same problem that was recalled, made a few calls to Ford and they said my VIN number doesn't qualify my car for that recall. This is a very dangerous problem, the car will lose throttle in the middle of traffic. This seems to me a issue and problem with a number of Ford vehicles and just because mine doesn't fall under the VIN, it's still a Ford and the etb is a problem for Ford vehicles. Please make this a recall! etb is a problem that needs to be fixed for any Ford that it happens to! this has happened several times to me since I had the car and it's only been a two months. To dangerous to be on the streets to drive and needs to be fixed!

- Cape Coral, FL, USA

problem #9

Sep 172015


  • 48,291 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford Taurus. While driving at 45 mph, the steering wheel became difficult to turn and the ABS warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the four wheel bearings needed to be replaced. The repairs were done, however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 48,291.

- Greenville, MI, USA

problem #8

Dec 292014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 60,365 miles
Car spontaneously stopped running. The touch screen display went dark, the dash board lights turned off and the engine stopped while traveling a city street at 25 mph. The car coasted to a stop and it took about a minute to restart it. Updated 2/11/16

- Mcalester, OK, USA

problem #7

Oct 112014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
While driving down the street the steering wheel on the car locked up and wouldn't turn. The car gave a "service power steering" and " steering assist default" at the time of the wheel locking up. This is very dangerous because the car just stops where you are. It won't take gas or anything. This is the second time that it has happened in this car. I took the car to a Ford dealer and was told that the problem was a weak battery. I do not think this is the problem. I have noticed other Ford vehicles of the same year with this problem. I think this is a major problem and needs to be corrected before someone is hurt or killed by this problem.

- Clinton, TN, USA

problem #6

Oct 022014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 10,198 miles
Rodent chewed through wiring harness for O2 sensor. Same thing happened to another Ford Taurus 2013 at my work. Ford dealer that made the repairs said that they are seeing a spate of this exact problem.

- Kennewick, WA, USA

problem #5

Sep 022013


  • 29,000 miles


The contact owns a 2013 Ford Taurus. While driving 70 mph, the service wrench warning indicator illuminated and the vehicle failed to accelerate or decelerate. The contact mentioned that the vehicle hesitated as if it would stall. The failures occurred on numerous occasions. The dealer stated that the electronic throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 29,000.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #4

Feb 042014


  • miles
Had issues with lights not working. Took it to get it fixed. They "fixed" it. Happened again a few days later. Went back in to get fixed. Later we were notified that the back trunk caught on fire. Bumper was melted and there was damage to the trunk lid. Items inside were fine. If it was being driven, I'm sure the driver would be dead. The fire was so close to the gas tank.

- Binghamton, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 092014

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 13,500 miles
On Jan. 9 2014 approx. 5:10 a.M. I remotely started my car and after 5 minutes I came outside and noticed a 3inch flame above the license plate on top of the bumper below the deck lid. I thought maybe something was burning on the car and went to swat it and was burned on hand with melting plastic bumper. Tried to put it out with snow...the bumper was burnt all the way across the deck lid and tail lights before it was put out with water. It looked as if it was burning from the inside. As of todays date Ford still does not know why it caught fire.

- Fort Gratiot, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 172012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 2,212 miles
While driving the vehicle at highway speeds, it was noted that when I set the cruise control at 70 mph, the stated speed limit, the digital numerical readout read exactly 70 mph. The speedometer although reads consistently 3-4 mph above the cruise control setting. This has occurred since I took delivery of the vehicle as brand new from the dealer and occurs regardless of speed setting, I.e.: same issue if cruise is set at 45 mph, 55 mph, 65 mph, etc. After becoming concerned that the vehicle may in fact be traveling faster than the digital cruise control setting was stating, I took the vehicle back to dealer. They were unable fix the issue with exact explanation on my repair order reading: "client states when cruise set the speedometer always 3-4 miles higher. Nwp contact Ford advised to drive 2013 and 2014 models to verify concern. Both models same symptom. All ok at this time."

- Mokena, IL, USA

problem #1

Sep 212012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 105 miles
On September 14, 2012 we purchased the above described vehicle from lumberton Ford Lincoln, lumberton, nc 28360. Among several things wrong we discovered the reverse sensor system is inadequate. The alarm is not audible in the cabin of the vehicle is there is normal conversation/radio noise. Also, the alarm does not activate beyond 2 1/2 to 3 feet from the rear bumper. The dealer said this cannot be corrected. This is a definite safety issue. If the owner/driver is expecting this alarm system to warn them of impending impact, they will be liable. We requested a refund/replacement and were denied.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

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