The Taurus tested out reasonably well in 2000. The car is roomy, plus it rides and handles soundly. However, even the upgrade 200-hp engine lacks real punch and isn't particularly frugal. The wagon was one of the few inexpensive seven-passenger vehicles of its time.
Alerts
There are 8 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
Most Common Trouble Spots
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The 2000 Ford Taurus has been recalled 8 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Engine Cooling
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 420,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2019 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2000 Ford Taurus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"Ford Taurus wear out ball joints and other alignment hardware and need to be replaced every 2-3 years"

Anonymous, VA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

"replace seal"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

"partial warranty work due to rust and corrusion"

Anonymous, NY (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"NEW FRONT STRUTS"

Roger B., FL (2000 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

"not mounted well needed retrofit brackets and noisey"

Anonymous, OH (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"We've had two coil springs break in the last two years"

Peter A., ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Since purchasing the vehicle I've had 5 sets of rear struts installed on the Taurus. The dealer told me "Ford builds lousy parts" for the reason I've gone through so many. On the last set the left rear actually rotted through and broke"

Robert D., CT (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"these seem to wear out quickly"

Jose M., IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Left front spring around strut broke"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"I replaced the original struts after 260,000 miles"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"The front sway bar came loose and made a "thumping" noise. It was repaired but failed again due to a poor repair job by a local mechanic"

Craig M., OR (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"partial warranty work for broken springs due to rust and corrusion"

Anonymous, NY (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"worn out and rusted"

Asko V., IN (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"This Taurus has springs that are not up to standard three out of four springs failed. One failed in such a way that the sharp broken end rotated to within one quarter inch of the tire"

James M., IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Rear spring broken"

James N., MI (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Both plastic sway bar links on front needed replaced"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Some links required replacement"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Repairs to the steering linkage exceeded $500"

Anonymous, NC (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Front linkage worn out. Replaced. Satisfied. Given the age and mileage, it's amazing it lasted this long"

Anonymous, CO (2000 Ford Taurus Comfort 3.0-L V6)

"Old age & little use"

Anonymous, FL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"Needed new one"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

"Compressor failed spectacularly - smoke"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced the shaft seal, and compressor"

Neil F., UT (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Finding good parts is an issue. We put 3 condensers in before it worked"

Anonymous, NV (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Climate control was awesome until it broke. Cost too much to fix compressor so just left it"

Joseph N., ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"replacement part not available. no longer mfg"

Tim C., GA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Heater system

"Doesn't heat"

Miguel M., WI (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Heater core replacement. Major repair. Labor extensive, $ 915.20. Totaled out over $1,100"

Anonymous, MI (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"sensor failure"

Anonymous, MA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Heater core seems to plug requiring power flush to get heat to the interior"

Peter A., ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Heater core damper would not close, making temperature control impossible. Not good in early fall. Could've been caused by water leak (electrical short) and corrected itself after about a month"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"ac problem"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Refrigerant evaporated. Was replaced"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

"Faulty EGR hoses"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Currently experiencing surging and engine cutoff at idle which I have diagnosed as a defective idle air control valve, but have not replaced it yet"

Ernest Z., DE (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Fuel cap

"The fuel tank filler neck including cap had to be replaced due to rust failure"

Anonymous, ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Check engine light on in cold weather-replaced fuel cap to fix problem"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Fuel injection system

"One of the fuel injectors stop working and the car began to skip so, we took it in and the diagnoses was a faulty fuel injector. After paying a few hundred dollars for a fuel injector, I told the manager how overpriced the repairs were and never went"

Anonymous, CT (2000 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Fuel pump

"Car stalled while idling at stop sign and unable to restart. Had to be towed by AAA to my ford dealer. Low fuel pressure cause my problem. Replaced fuel pump and sender & OK"

Anonymous, CT (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Trouble starting. Replaced fuel pump, been starting okay since"

F G., IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"needed replacement"

David S., IN (2000 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

"Trouble starting-replaced fuel pump"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Fuel gauge has long since stopped working and undependable shortly followed by a fuel pump failure. Replaced fuel pump but gas gauge still inoperative"

Ernest Z., DE (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"normal wear -- the car has been kept carefully, shouldn't result in loose handles and trim"

Anonymous, ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Nothing major or minor considering the age of the vehicle. Paint fading is all"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Top surface of paint fading and chipping off"

Anonymous, ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"The hood paint faded and sort of looked like it was rubbing off. After a tree fell on it, we had it repainted. It looks like new!"

Anonymous, MD (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Rust

"Rusting around wheel wells"

Anonymous, ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"The outer I-beams under the car are almost totally rusted away.The body along the bottom of the doors is rusting away as well"

William B., NY (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"just keeps growing"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"The engine and mechanics of the car have been very good. The fact that it is rising uncontrollably (I have had several repairs done) means it has become too expensive to maintain. C"

Anonymous, ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Replacing front end springs. Mechanic indicates entire lower suspension is rusted. Car might last another 6 months and then doubts it will be serviceable"

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"Calipers dragged"

Matthew L., NY (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"master cylinder failed with no second pot reserve causing wreck in a driveway"

John M., MD (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Front brake pads h been replaced after 50,000 miles, rear brakes after 55,000. It was a routine replacement for both, before problems occurred"

Robert B., NJ (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"I needed to replace the brakes, it was time. I started hearing the high pitched squeal that indicates wear"

Anonymous, KS (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Normal first time brake service including rotors, brake pads, flush brake fluid"

Anonymous, MN (2000 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

"Replaced pads"

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"brake lines had been fixed before with materials that started leaking so I lost the brakes totally"

Asko V., IN (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

"Fan belt has been replaced 3 times-extremely noisy"

Anonymous, PA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Fuel leaks

"Leakage around gas tank, gas pump related"

Theodore M., AZ (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"LABOR=$500 PARTS $400 FOR A VARIETY OF SEALS & HOSES"

Anonymous, HI (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Had to change supposedly rusted oil pan"

Juan F., ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"iT IS 17 YEARS OLD AND THE CAR IS BEGINNING TO NICKEL AND DIME US TO DEATH"

John M., WA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Service Transmission Light has been on approx. 8 years (approx. 80000 miles). Transmission downshifts are rough. Two Ford dealers ran diagnostics that said transmission was not going into overdrive. False, up shifting and overdrive are OK"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

"SLIPPING TRANSMISSION LED TO A REPLACEMENT OF THE TRANSMISSION"

Terry B., OH (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"transmission leaking and slips in first gear when it gets low. I haven't repaired the leak yet so not sure if transmission has been damaged or only leaking"

Brad D., CA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"The air expansion plug on top of the transmission was old and would not function properly. Causing internal air pressure to develop and with no way to escape, the dip stick popped out of the tube, and transmission fluid to spilled onto my driveway"

Robert D., CT (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"Car would not move forward without stalling. It was caused by failure of the torque converter clutch solenoid"

Anonymous, CO (2000 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Failure of torque converter caused transmission failure requiring an entire rebuild of transmission along with new torque converter"

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"HAD TO REPLACE TRANSMISSION WITH LESS THAN 55000 MILES ON IT"

Terry B., OH (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"When trying to accelerate from a traffic light the car wouldn't move. A strange noise was coming from under the car. The car needed towed to a repair station where they informed me the transmission would need to be rebuilt. I don't believe this shoul"

James M., IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Universal gear went out"

James N., MI (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"transmission replacement twice in the ford Taurus"

James G., MT (2000 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

"gasoline gage does not work"

Craig M., OR (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"LED indicators failed on temp control gauges"

Tim C., GA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

"2 of the 5 door locks don't reliably operate from either the remote or the driver side lock switch. the cost of repairing this is not worth it to us"

Brad D., CA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"washer fluid doesn't flow through"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Water leak somewhere around cabin air filter housing. Independent mechanic couldn't find the problem, but rain water will leak into passenger floorboard"

Anonymous, TX (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Drivers door will not close enough to seal. Adjustment all used"

Philip B., TX (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"when heater or defroster turned on I could smell oil fumes inside the car"

Tony H., OH (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"Exhaust pipe hanger bracket keeps coming loose"

Philip B., TX (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

"leaks daily but mechanic could not find the leak- says Taurus are know to do this"

David S., IN (2000 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Water pump

"Have had to continuously replace"

Anonymous, MI (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

"Left mirror is had to move into place. Rust? Dirt?"

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

"mirror has been knocked loose but can still be reset in position"

Anonymous, TN (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Spark plugs or wires failure

"Check engine light came on sometimes, two cylinders were missing at worst point"

Theodore M., AZ (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

"Car was idling very rough. Discovered head gasket failure at auto repair, with antifreeze leaking into cylinders. Cost of remove head, replace gasket, remachine head plus other costs equaled $2300"

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

"Wiring harness from ignition to starter failed"

Cynthia D., AZ (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
SUSPENSION:FRONT:SPRINGS:COIL SPRINGS
Jul 15 2004
IF THIS OCCURS, THE TIRE MAY RUPTURE RESULTING IN A RAPID AIR LOSS, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN, AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, THE FRONT COIL SPRINGS COULD FRACTURE DUE TO CORROSION ASSOCIATED WITH SALT USED ON THE ROADWAYS DURING THE WINTER. A FRACTURED SPRING COULD MOVE PAST THE SPRING SEAT AND CONTACT A FRONT TIRE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL PROTECTIVE SPRING SHIELDS. IN ADDITION, FORD IS EXTENDING THE WARRANTY COVERAGE OF THE FRONT COIL SPRINGS IN ALL OTHER STATES, FOR FRACTURE ONLY, UP TO 10 YEARS OF SERVICE OR 150,000 MILES, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST. IF THE VEHICLE HAS ALREADY ACCUMULATED MORE THAN 150,000 MILES, THIS COVERAGE WILL LAST UNTIL JULY 31, 2005. IF EITHER FRONT COIL SPRING FRACTURES, DEALERS WILL REPLACE BOTH FRONT SPRINGS AT NO CHARGE TO THE OWNER. AN INTERIM NOTICE WAS SENT TO OWNERS ON AUGUST 2, 2004. PARTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE 2000-2001 MY VEHICLES AND OWNERS WERE SENT A LETTER ON JANUARY 10, 2005, ADVISING THEM TO BRING IN THEIR VEHICLES FOR REPAIR PARTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR THE 1999 MY VEHICLES BY THE END OF FEBRUARY 2005 AND OWNERS OF THESE VEHICLES WILL BE NOTIFIED THEN. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
FORD RECALL NO. 04S17.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V332000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 899060
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BRAKE LIGHTS:SWITCH
Mar 02 2004
IN ADDITION, IF THE SWITCH AND/OR ASSOCIATED WIRING FAIL IN THE OPEN POSITION, THE BRAKE LIGHTS WILL NOT ACTUATE AND THE DRIVER WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SHIFT THE VEHICLE OUT OF "PARK" IF THEY FAIL IN THE CLOSED POSITION, THE BRAKE LIGHTS WILL REMAIN ON, WHICH WILL NOT ALLOW THE SPEED CONTROL TO BE ACTIVATED. THIS COULD ALSO CAUSE THE BATTERY TO DISCHARGE.
Summary:
CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES ARE BEING RECALLED TO CORRECT A PROBLEM WITH A MALFUNCTIONING STOP LAMP SWITCH AND/OR ASSOCIATED WIRING. THIS MALFUNCTIONING COULD RENDER THE STOP LAMPS INOPERABLE OR CAUSE THEM TO STAY ON ALL THE TIME. THIS COULD CAUSE CONFUSION TO A FOLLOWING DRIVER, WHICH COULD LEAD TO A CRASH.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REMOVE THE STOP LAMP SWITCH AND ASSOCIATED WIRING ASSEMBLY AND INSTALL A NEWLY DESIGNED STOP LAMP SWITCH AND WIRE ASSEMBLY. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON APRIL 5, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
FORD RECALL NO. 04S12.CUSTOMERS CAN ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 04V106000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 938789
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:PEDALS AND LINKAGES
Oct 02 2002
THIS COULD RESULT IN A CUSTOMER EXPERIENCING AN "UNINTENDED VEHICLE SPEED INCREASE" OR A PERCEIVED "UNABLE TO STOP" CONDITION.
Summary:
CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH ADJUSTABLE PADELS ARE BEING RECALLED IN ORDER TO ADJUST THE BRAKE AND ACCELERATOR PEDALS TO A MINIMUM OF 50 MM OF LATERAL SEPARATION. SIMULTANEOUS APPLICATION OF BOTH THE BRAKE AND ACCELERATOR PEDALS COULD RESULT IN AN INCREASE IN ENGINE RPM.
What should you do:
OWNERS WILL BE INSTRUCTED AS TO THE PROPER WAY TO SET THE POSITION OF THE PEDALS AND TO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO A DEALER TO HAVE THE SPACING BETWEEN THE BRAKE AND ACCELERATOR PEDALS MEASURED. IF THE SPACING IS FOUND TO BE LESS THAN 50 MM, THE DEALER WILL ADJUST THE PEDALS TO INCREASE THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THEM TO GREATER THAN 50 MM. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN OCTOBER 28, 2002. OWNERS WHO DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.
For more information:
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 02V266000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 369614
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:MOTOR
Aug 08 2001
LOSS OF VISIBILITY WHILE DRIVING INCREASES THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER CARS, SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, AND LIGHT AND MEDIUM DUTY PICKUP TRUCKS. A SWITCH LOCATED IN THE PLASTIC COVER OF THE WIPER MOTOR GEAR CASE COULD MALFUNCTION AND OVERHEAT, POTENTIALLY RESULTING IN LOSS OF INTERMITTENT WIPER FUNCTION, LOSS OF WIPER PARK FUNCTION, COMPLETE LOSS OF WIPER FUNCTION, OR IGNITION OF THE PLASTIC COVER MATERIAL. SWITCH MALFUNCTION IS MOST LIKELY TO OCCUR WHEN THE INTERMITTENT SETTING OF THE WIPERS IS BEING USED, OR WHEN SNOW OR ICE OBSTRUCTS THE BLADES FROM RETURNING TO THE "PARKED" POSITION AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WINDSHIELD. THESE VEHICLES WERE BUILT AT THE FOLLOWING ASSEMBLY PLANTS: ATLANTA PLANT FROM 2/11/00 THROUGH 7/31/00; CHICAGO PLANT FROM 2/14/00 THROUGH 8/4/00; KANSAS CITY PLANT FROM 2/26/00 TO 9/4/00; KENTUCKY TRUCK PLANT FROM 2/18/00 TO 8/31/00; MICHIGAN TRUCK PLANT FROM 2/23/00 THROUGH 8/3/00; NORFOLK PLANT FROM 2/21/00 THROUGH 7/27/00; WAYNE STAMPING AND ASSEMBLY PLANT FROM 2/25/00 THROUGH 8/15/00; AND WIXOM PLANT FROM 2/15/00 THROUGH 8/8/00.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE DATE CODE ON THE WIPER MOTOR. MOTORS BUILT WITH THE SUSPECT TIME FRAME WILL HAVE THE WIPER MOTOR GEAR CASE COVER REPLACED. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN AUGUST 20, 2001. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.
For more information:
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 01V258000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1083000
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:HEADLIGHTS:SWITCH
Mar 12 2001
THIS WOULD CAUSE DIFFICULTY FOR THE DRIVER TO ACTIVATE THE HEADLAMPS, WHICH COULD AFFECT DRIVER VISIBILITY, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES. DUE TO THE USE OF INCORRECT MATERIAL BY A SUPPLIER, THE HEADLAMP SWITCH KNOB CAN FRACTURE AND SEPARATE FROM THE HEADLAMP SWITCH.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE HEADLAMP SWITCH KNOB. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN APRIL 9, 2001. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 01V075000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 74000
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TAIL LIGHTS:SWITCH
Mar 12 2001
A SHORT CIRCUIT COULD LEAD TO EITHER THE BRAKE LAMPS STAYING ON, OR TO A LOSS OF BRAKE LAMP FUNCTION, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH ADJUSTABLE PEDALS. IF THE GREASE FROM THE ADJUSTABLE PEDAL ASSEMBLY ENTERS THE STOP LAMP SWITCH, IT CAN CONTAMINATE THE CONTACTS LEADING TO CARBON BUILD UP, AND POTENTIALLY, A SHORT CIRCUIT.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE BRAKE LAMP SWITCH AND WIPE DOWN THE ADJUSTABLE PEDAL ASSEMBLY TO REMOVE EXCESS GREASE. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MARCH 22, 2001. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 01V078000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 157000
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:BACK UP LIGHTS
Feb 28 2001
UNDER THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE STANDARD, THE CHMSL SHALL BE ACTIVATED ONLY UPON APPPLICATION OF THE SERVICE BRAKES. ALSO, THE VEHICLE COULD ROLL INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH, IF THE SHIFT LEVER CAN BE SHIFTED OUT OF PARK WITHOUT DEPRESSING THE BRAKE PEDAL.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER SEDANS WITH FACTORY OR DEALER-INSTALLED DECK LID SPOILERS WITH LED CENTER HIGH MOUNTED STOP LAMPS (CHMSL). VEHICLES PRODUCED WITH SPOILERS WERE MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 1 THROUGH OCTOBER 31, 2000; AND VEHICLES WITH SPOILERS INSTALLED BY DEALERS WERE MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 1 THOROUGH DECEMBER 30, 2000. WITH THE IGNITION SWITCH IN THE START OR RUN POSITIONS AND THE HAZARD WARNING LIGHTS OPERATING, THE CHMSL CAN ILLUMINATE (AT REDUCED INTENSITY) EVEN THOUGH THE SERVICE BRAKES HAVE NOT BEEN APPLIED. THIS DOES NOT MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 108, "LAMPS, REFLECTIVE DEVICES, AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT." ALSO, IN SOME CASES THE VEHICLE BRAKE-SHIFT INTERLOCK WOULD NOT FUNCTION PROPERLY, ALLOWING THE SHIFT LEVER TO BE MOVED FROM PARK WITHOUT APPLYING THE BRAKE.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A JUMPER/RESISTOR ASSEMBLY AT THE SPOILER THAT PROVIDES AN ELECTRICAL RESISTOR TO GROUND AND CORRECTS THE CHMSL AND BRAKE-SHIFT INTERLOCK CONDITIONS. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN MARCH 19, 2001. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 01V048000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 28000
EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Aug 24 2000
EXCESSIVE LOADING CAN CAUSE TIRE AND VEHICLE DAMAGE THAT COULD RESULT IN A CRASH.
Summary:
VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: PASSENGER VEHICLES. THE "VEHICLE CAPACITY WEIGHT" AND "DESIGNATED SEATING CAPACITY" INFORMATION WAS NOT PRINTED ON THE SAFETY CERTIFICATION LABELS AFFIXED TO THESE VEHICLES. ON AFFECTED SABLE SEDAN VEHICLES, THE "VEHICLES CAPACITY WEIGHT" (AND ALSO THE LUGGAGE LOAD) INFORMATION PRINTED ON THIS LABEL IS INCORRECT - SABLE WAGON LUGGAGE LOAD WAS INCORRECTLY USED FOR THE SABLE SEDAN. THESE VEHICLES DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE LABEL REQUIREMENTS OF FMVSS NO. 110, "TIRE SELECTION AND RIMS."
What should you do:
OWNERS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A SUPPLEMENTAL LABEL WITH THE CORRECT INFORMATION, ALONG WITH INSTRUCTIONS FOR AFFIXING THE LABEL ADJACENT TO THE VEHICLE CERTIFICATION LABEL. OWNER NOTIFICATION BEGAN OCTOBER 20, 2000. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673.
For more information:
ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S AUTO SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-DASH-2-DOT (1-888-327-4236).
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 00V242000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 167000
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