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The Ford Taurus has been one of the best selling and most popular cars on the American market since its introduction in 1986. This car was received so well as it looked like no other Ford car before it. Today it is still a huge success. You can read our full review of this car by clicking here. These cars are known to be reliable well built cars, but like all motor vehicles, they have commonly associated problems. We have a list of some of the most common problems and their solutions for this vehicle which have been recorded by many different Taurus owners over the years. We also have a list of some of the most recent recalls on these cars. All recalls should have been fixed by Ford for free, due to manufacturing faults. Of all the problems that are listed below, and the ones that ain't listed, Breakeryard can help you find the right parts at the right prices. You can give us a call on *0905 232 3000 to speak to one of our specialists or enter your vehicle details in our part finder to begin your search.

Ford Taurus problems and solutions

Suspension problems

Problem: If you are experiencing problems with the suspension on your Ford Taurus, you are not alone. This is a common problem on these vehicles, especially from 2000-2005. The biggest issue has been with broken coil springs, but rear struts, ball joints and other suspension parts have been known to be faulty.

Solution: When you identify exactly which part is broken, you will need to replace it to resolve your current issue.

Gearbox problems

Problem: It has been known for the Taurus to experience problems with the gearbox. The main gearbox issue has been with the gears slipping, but there have also been issues with strange noises coming from the gearbox.

Solution: This could be very expensive to resolve, and could even mean a new gearbox is needed. Have a professional look at the vehicle to identify the exact nature of the problem, which will most likely lead to replacing the affected part.

Fuel Economy problems

Problem: If you are experiencing lack of fuel economy on your Taurus then it could be down to the speed control valve being faulty.

Solution: Fitting a new speed control valve will rectify this issue.

Check engine warning light

Problem: If your check engine warning light has now come on permanently then it is more than likely the mass flow sensor which is at fault.

Solution: You had best get a diagnostic check done to correctly identify exactly which part is at fault. Once identified you will probably have to change the part.

Acceleration problems

Problem: The Ford Taurus has known issues with acceleration problems, noticeably the cruise control. The cars have been known to really speed up without pressing on the accelerator. This is due to a faulty cruise control cable.

Solution: Replacing this cruise control cable will resolve the issue.

Exhaust problems

Problem: These cars are known for issues with a cracked exhaust pipe. Particularly on the 1999 Taurus on the Y-pipe between the cats.

Solution: You will need to replace this part to fix the problem.

Antenna problems

Problem: The antenna should be automatically going up or down when the car is turned on/off. The antenna is known to break on these vehicles. Even if you hear the motor running, and the antenna isn't working, there is a fault in the wiring.

Solution: You will need to get the wiring fixed to resolve the issue.


The Ford Taurus has had several different recalls over its lifetime. As this car is American marketed it is not listed on the department for transport recalls database. The list below is taken from the website where you can view further recall information for this vehicle. Click on the links below to view more information. The above problems list is not an exhaustive list and we still want to hear about your problem if its not mentioned above. Please share your problem (and solution if known) in the comments box below. You can have a look at the Taurus parts page to find the part you need to resolve your problem, at amazingly low prices. You can also search through our vast network of Breakers by entering your vehicle details in our part finder. If you would rather speak to someone regarding your problem, call us on *0905 232 3000 today.