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The Taurus tested out reasonably well. 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 4 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A 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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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A 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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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2008. Side air bags available from 2000; side and head protection air bags standard from 2008. ESC available in 2008, standard from 2009.
Road Test

The Taurus tested out reasonably well. 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.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear, 2 third
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 (200 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (155 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2003 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

Alignment

“There are no camber and castor adjustments possible without modifications that I had to pay to have made to the struts. Absolutely nonsense. Ford saved $1.50 and it cost me over $100 to be able to align this car. I will never buy another Ford”

Robert C., CA (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“There was a shimmy while driving. One wheel bent slightly. Most expenses in routine maintenance, new tires. I have no idea how much my gas mileage is, but you didn't provide the option of "I don't know."”

Anonymous, IL (2003 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Left, front ball joint was loose and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, WA (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“The ball joints appeared to be original equipment manufacturer items that failed which caused premature tire wear, sloppiness in handling, and accompanied by a worn sway bar link posed a safety issue”

Anonymous, OH (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“There was an issue with the front strut bearing that caused the vehicle to drive erratically, was noise, made driving difficult as it caused the vehicle to be out of alignment and premature tire wear”

Anonymous, OH (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

“Steering wheel only turns properly when reservoir is completely full, but then blows it all out the cap. Cap has been replaced, lines flushed, but that did not fix it”

Anonymous, GA (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The power steering pump had to be replaced. The mechanic that replaced the power steering pump told me that the wrong fluid had been used. The Taurus uses Dex Transmission fluid, not regular power steering fluid (what the prior owner used)”

Rod H., CO (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Struts and most componats on the front end are failing”

Timothy H., MI (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Clunking from rear. The struts or mount is shot”

Anonymous, WI (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Strut broke an cut tire. could have been catastrophic if it happened on the highway”

Anonymous, AB (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Struts wore out, I had new struts installed”

George M., NC (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Left front spring broke at 75000 miles”

Anonymous, MI (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Left front spring on the strut broke piercing the tire causing it to blow out”

Anonymous, WI (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Needed new struts in rear”

Thomas L., NJ (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“suspension issues with car believed to be struts and motor mounts due to deteriorated conditions of streets in my area”

Frederick D., NY (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

“replaced with a nylon part with a steel one”

Anonymous, IL (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Cracks in front and rear springs - I plan to dispose of this car rather than repair”

Anonymous, PA (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Both springs in back broke. There was no excess weight”

Anonymous, IL (2003 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Rear spring broke and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, MN (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“All the springs on this vehicle cracked. The driver's side spring punctured the tire making the car inoperable. The back leaf springs also cracked and needed replacement. The repair job left the car with clunking noises until the rear assembly was co”

Dan C., AB (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“I had it replaced”

Anonymous, GA (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“it needed to be replaced”

Joe M., WI (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“new tie rods in front”

Thomas L., NJ (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“Perforated leather panels on all four doors fell off six years ago I contacted the dealer , they said they had no way to fix it. They are still off”

Anonymous, MD (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“clear coat peeling”

Anonymous, OR (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“I experienced serious cracking and chipping of paint on the hood of the car as well as peeling. Some fading on the front doors/passenger and driver”

Anonymous, VA (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Getting paint bubbling and rusting around bak wheel wells”

Rebecca J., IL (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“body paint bubbling .. looking at it you can tell body wasn't properly prepared when factory painted”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Only on my trunk lid”

Anonymous, GA (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)
Rust

“rust is occurring around wheel wells. But, I live in Northeast and this problem occurs a lot in american made cars”

David J., MA (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“rust around the wheel wells”

Anonymous, IA (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Rust Lt rear panel; garage kept all the time”

Michael F., IN (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“rear wheel wells are rusting and paint cracking”

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

“rust is forming above the rear wheels panel”

Anonymous, SD (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Rust developed on left side only along the wheel well opening”

Anonymous, MI (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Minnesota salt has really eaten away the rockers and dog legs on each side”

Thomas O., MN (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Rust on Exterior/Interior of Rear fender well closest to rear passenger door”

Anonymous, IL (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Rocker panels rusted out and rust over rear wheels. Body work would cost more than the vehicle is worth”

Jim S., ON (2003 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

“Rust behind back door on both sides”

Anonymous, PA (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“It started rusting out in the wheel area and is spreading”

Anonymous, IA (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Paint peeling, surface rust”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

“Around the wheel wells”

Anonymous, MD (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

“Had to replace computer due to failure”

Chis H., NC (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Motor mounts on the left side ... happened suddenly after a leaky radiator caused rust on the engine”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

“The leak was from the timing chain. The engine had to be removed from the car in order to fix it. Most of the cost was labor”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Oil leak around where engine mount bolt was secured into engine block. Also had bad valve cover gaskets replaced on another visit to shop”

Gene H., MO (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“After having local Ford Dealer change transmission fluid follow-up oil changes etc with local Jiffy Lube franchisee indicated fluid leaks which turned out to not be the case”

Frederick D., NY (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“oil pan gasket needed to be replaced”

Anonymous, OR (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Small oil leaks from pan”

Rebecca J., IL (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Main oil pan seal failure, crankshaft seal failure, head gasket failure”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Just an oil leak and a gasket had to be replaced”

Anonymous, AB (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“oilpan gasket. replaced”

David H., TN (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Oil leak is frustrating because oil leaks onto hot exhaust manifold/catalytic pipe creating burning smell. Replacing the oil pan gasket is difficult and time consuming due to design of exhaust pipe. Fortunately our car wasn't too bad. Gasket replaced which seems to have stopped smell. However oil leaks persist and likely may have other leak areas. (this is in addition to the water leaks! same as my 2008 Taurus)”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Consistently leaking”

Anonymous, TN (2003 Ford Taurus SES 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

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“The engine light stays on because I need 2 catalytic converters that are specific to the car and more expensive to fix than the car is worth”

Barbara G., IL (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“It would die out when the heater was used, and was using more gas than usual. I thought it was a vacuum leak. I am still replacing parts trying to figure out what is causing this”

Cheryl B., OK (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Fuel cap

“Car shows a light for the fuel cap but the fuel cap has been recently replaced without resolving the issue, indicating a problem somewhere else in the fuel system”

Brent H., PA (2003 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“When we first saw the Service Engine light we took it to the mechanic. He told us it was a vapour lock. We changed the Fuel cap twice but to no avail. Service Engine light is still on. We ignore it now”

Anonymous, AB (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Fuel injection system

“#1 fuel injector failed”

Anonymous, WI (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Engine stopped due to fuel pump failure”

Anonymous, FL (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Failed and was replaced”

C A., VA (2003 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Car kept on stalling when first underway due to fuel pump not pumping enough gasoline to engine”

E K., CT (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“The fuel pum[ quit and I had to be towed t garage. Relaced fuel pump and at 185,000 miles I guess thats not too bad”

Anonymous, WA (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“fuel pump failed”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Engine check light was on, replaced oxygen sensor.. See previous comment on possible flood damage”

Frank S., PA (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Check engine light came on and engine was running roughly. Fuel system was fixed...all cylinders now firing properly”

Anonymous, MI (2003 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

“A/C quit working and unit had to be replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“replaced”

Gary G., IA (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Compressor clutch seized, replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“froze up”

Mark C., CA (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“a/c clutch bad it was replaced”

Preston R., IL (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Started making noise in January. Mechanic recommended disconnecting the AC because it would be very expensive to repair. Prior history of repairs such as transmission failure in 2012. I did not want to spend more money. Also replaced brakes in 201”

Anonymous, MA (2003 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“The airconditioner is only working a little”

Ted W., OR (2003 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“The A/C system was malfunctioning. Had to replace condenser, water pump etc Had several trip to independent repair shop till all the problems and leaks were felt with”

Druvvaldis L., OH (2003 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“The two low speeds on the blower fan kept going out. I replaced the cabin air filter and solved the problem”

G P., WI (2003 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)
Heater system

“The temp guage drops to cold several times during cold weather. the heater is OK but the water temp drops”

G P., WI (2003 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

“radiator replacement solved the problem”

Anonymous, IA (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“stopped blowing heat, added anti-freeze and it was fine”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 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

Battery (not hybrid or electric)

“Needed to replace original car battery”

Chis H., NC (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)
Coil

“Coil was cracked. Water entered coil and it shorted out”

Anonymous, MN (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Bad ignition coil pack. replaced”

David H., TN (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Coil failure with no spark going to at least one spark plug”

Anonymous, WA (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Electronic ignition

“Ignition coil failure”

Anonymous, TX (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Replace fuel pump relay”

Anonymous, WA (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Wires and plugs were worn out, needed replacing”

Anonymous, MN (2003 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Starter

“Starter motor failed, and needed replacement”

Anonymous, OR (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“No start needed tow and starter replacement”

John S., ON (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Second starter failure on this car in 3 years. Replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“I think I am on my third starter in 4 years. There is a propensity for oil to leak on starters in this version of the Taurus for various reasons. It is a well known and unnecessary design flaw in my opinion”

Michael T., NE (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Starter failed for the fourth or fifth time since I've owned this car”

Anonymous, NC (2003 Ford Taurus SE 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

“Lights are failing in an the dash and the console”

Timothy H., MI (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Just running lights burning out. Nothing serious”

Sylvia W., PA (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“The dashboard lights would not illuminate when the temperature was cold, they worked fine when the temp was above freezing”

Anonymous, MN (2003 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Extreem wet wheather causes interion lights to remain on after closing front doors”

Anonymous, IL (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Replaced Interior Dashboard Lights”

Anonymous, DE (2003 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Remote engine starter

“Electrical failure on highway”

Anonymous, FL (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Warning lights

“our warning light for the gas tank does not work”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“The door ajar warning was intermittently sounding when the car was in operation. Eventually, the problem stopped and has not reoccurred. The lights on warning has stopped working and the interior overhead light frequently does not come on. These t”

Anonymous, VA (2003 Ford Taurus)

“oil warning light will not clear it always shows oil is hot...it is not”

Anonymous, FL (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

“Gages, lights, warning bells, door locks would all go crazy at the same time at random intervals. Dealer could not identify issue. I found a comment on an internet site telling me to replace the key fob battery. I did. No problems in over 6 months since doing that. Saved hundreds”

Russ J., TX (2003 Ford Taurus SES 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

Master cylinder

“orginal master cylinder was leaking and then on replacement brake pedal went to floor when applying brakes so it was replaced free of charge”

Michael R., LA (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Replaced the master cylinder due to excessive foot pedal movement”

Anonymous, MN (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

“Front rotors had to be replaced. They had been an issue from early on ownership of auto and were turned down at least twice to alleviate the chatter when braking. Also had pads replaced”

Gene H., MO (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“rear bearings worn, 1st time routine discs and caliper repairs”

Anonymous, QC (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Parking brake

“parking brake siezed”

Anonymous, QC (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

“Normal wear and replacement pads and rotors”

Jim L., MT (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Rotors

“Warp constantly”

Richard R., CT (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“They were very thin and required replacement”

Albert G., MA (2003 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

“noise coming from wheel well”

Anonymous, TN (2003 Ford Taurus SES 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

Air or water leaks

“Leaking water passengers side”

Anonymous, FL (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Small (but imporant) hose burst. Engine died, steamed hugely for long time, had to be towed. Took days to fix, then drove only about 30 miles and it happened again, had to be towed again. They said it was same hose. Took days to get all fixed”

Lyndell S., MD (2003 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Probably most Taurus owners have reported this problem -- water leaks like crazy on passenger floorboard. Poor design of "water cap" over climate control air intake. Water leaks in and then leaks into blower motor and then onto passenger side floor. Much worse leaks than my 2008 Taurus”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Trunk leak when rains”

Anonymous, AL (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“I have rattles in the front and back of the car. I'm not sure what's happening in the front, but the back is caused by the new struts that were put on unprofessionally”

Barbara G., IL (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“steering column, some problems with the idle arm”

Sherri N., VA (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Car hesitates on acceleration, but only sometimes. Also rattles as trying to accelerate. Had in to shop several times, but could never find the problem. After the hose-burst problem described earlier, the car now seems to be driving fine”

Lyndell S., MD (2003 Ford Taurus Unsure 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

Doors or sliding doors

“In certain cold temperatures the doors will fail to rematch after opening”

Brent H., PA (2003 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“The doors are part of the rust problem. The molding under the car doors rusted and I had to have them removed”

Anonymous, IA (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)
Windows

“back left window motor doesn't work”

Anonymous, SD (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Auto door lock problems”

Anonymous, ON (2003 Ford Taurus LX 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.

What Owners Say

CD player

“would come on with the radio and go off by itself”

Anonymous, AR (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)
Radio

“would go on@off by itself”

Anonymous, AR (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Electrical problem/short in the radio/cd player/heat/AC control. It would not turn off when the car was parked/turned off. Caused battery to die over and over. I had several mechanics look at it- one disconnected the radio/etc and that fixed problem”

Rod H., CO (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“The radio turns itself on at times. The interior lights like to go out and come on as well and the turn signals become inoperative periodically”

John D., WI (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“Failed without warning. Cannot be repaired without disassembling transmission”

Anonymous, MS (2003 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Automatic transmission needed to be replaced with a rebuilt transmission ($2500). Car was originally titled in Florida, I purchased in Pennsylvania, so I suspect it may have suffered flood damage”

Frank S., PA (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“I found out ford had a problem with this make an model with bad torque converters and front pumps”

Anonymous, IL (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“The entire internal structure of the cat converter failed. The whole exhaust system must be replaced”

Robert C., CA (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The flex pipe from the manifold to the catalytic converter broke”

Ronald S., MI (2003 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“All three converters went out”

Ron P., KS (2003 Ford Taurus SES 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Shop recommended engine replacement but have not done so; anticipate replacing car in a few months”

Anonymous, CA (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)
Head gasket

“Very disappointed in having to deal with head casket problems. Over years have driven several cars over 100,000 miles without head gasket issues. Head cover showed a lot of pitting”

Druvvaldis L., OH (2003 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“I have a 2000 and 2003 Taurus. They both developed head gasket leaks before 150,000 miles. This is very disappointing. I wish American made cars had better reliability”

Michael T., NE (2003 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

Slipping transmission

“This car's transmission has slipped periodically since I purchased it. It is very similar to the problems I experienced with my 1996 Taurus and its transmission”

John D., WI (2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

“Persistent but intermittent transmission leak despite service to replace seals”

Jim L., MT (2003 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

“Coolant reservoir cracked and dumped all coolant, causing engine to blow head gasket”

Jeremy B., OH (2003 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.

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