fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,024 miles

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2008 Ford Taurus X brakes problems

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2008 Ford Taurus X Owner Comments

problem #5

May 232009

Taurus X 6-cyl

  • 9,000 miles


On three different occasions when either pulling out from gravel or wet pavement the ESC will apply the anti-lock brakes. The car is in no way skidding or otherwise out of control in any way. It presents a big safety concern. As we pulled out onto the main road the cars anti-lock brakes were being applied while we were trying to drive down the road. We had to try to get the car to the side of the road in order to get out of the way of traffic coming up behind us. The ESC light flashes during these episodes. I made an appointment with the local Ford dealer twice and they found nothing wrong with the car. I want to make it clear that the brakes come on after the turn has been made and the car is now straight and steady. Each time this has happened it was at low speeds.

- Harrisville,, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 282010

Taurus X

  • 25,100 miles
2008 Ford Taurus X (formerly known as the freestyle) with premature rear brake wear. My vehicle needs complete rear brake pad and rotor replacement at just 25000 miles, at my expense. Ford customer care denying any responsibility for this issue, even with so many owner reports of the same issue. There is clearly some sort of design or engineering flaw with the rear brakes on these vehicles, and Ford must be compelled to issue a recall or at the very least agree to cover rear brake replacement under warranty.

- Ellicott City, MD, USA

problem #3

Mar 142010

Taurus X

  • 24,000 miles
Rear brakes wear out to soon.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #2

Jul 132009

Taurus X

  • 6,922 miles
Failure of vehicle to stop. Two incidents - 10/25/08 & 7/13/09. Traffic light turns red, and I tried to brake and car does not stop, engine remains at traffic speed and roars. Shift to neutral and still no response and then turn car off and on. Back to normal and proceed to safely get off road and call Ford service. First time cruise control was on an they replaced cancel switch on brake. 2nd time no cruise control and had just left one light and another turns red. Ford cannot determine what is wrong with the vehicle. They drove and could not duplicate and returned with black box to record incident. 2 weeks later I receive a call that on a hunch they ordered a new throttle body and replaced it 8/8. no one feels safe driving this vehicle. I am afraid it will happen again and this time I will not be the first car to approach a traffic light or someone will pull in front of me and I will not be able to stop. The service department at my local Ford said there have been no similar incidents. I have contacted Ford customer service on line and they have only replied that someone will forward it to the proper department and that I should contact my local dealership, who retains repair records. The local dealership does not have any answers and would not drive the car unless they had to. Which since I purchased the vehicle leaves me no option. I was wondering if there have been any similar incidents. The vehicle in question is a 2008 Ford Taurus X.

- Leland, NC, USA

problem #1

Sep 082008

Taurus X

  • 100 miles
Encounter in normal driving while applying the brake moving your foot from the accelerator to the brake pedal your foot seems to catch both making the car difficult to stop(engine runs faster while braking till you realize your foot is in contact with both pedals, happens several times a week with multiple drivers.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

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