Ford's Taurus is a roomy and comfortable sedan. But at this point, the car was showing its age, as the design had been around since 1996. Handling isn't particularly nimble, the turning circle is wide, braking is unimpressive and while noise levels are tolerable, it was louder than some competing models.
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There are 3 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
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Potential Trouble Spots
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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 500,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2018 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 2006 Ford Taurus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“not sure= the a/c stopped and then it was hard to steer ,cause of some sort of unhooked pat= main point being, this one and the last 05 ford,both had a/c issues, even the knobs would break, and stupid engine lite would come on for no big reason o”

Connie S., NY (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“AC compressor stopped cooling but showed fully charged with coolant”

Walter M., OK (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“air conditioner is not blowing cool air”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“I was not impressed with this car, the air was ok however I had a Mercury Cougar 1995 before with climate control, I liked it best”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Had to get compressor replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Due to major noises and rattles, which were due to a failed A/C compressor, the entire system was replaced. A costly repair”

Marie-Anne D., WA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“ford does not have good system in their Taurus models, 2 cars we had and 2cars a/c stunk, plus system is hooked up with steering pump ,somehow and when it's too costly to fix and things are unhooked you have steering problems and blow you fluid”

Connie S., NY (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“Heater/AC only seems to work on high setting and is very loud”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“The interior heat exchanger is the lowest part of the heating system and all of the gunk collects and blocks the heater. A flush doesn't work due to the low position. We had to replace the whole core which requires dash removal”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“this spring, the A/C stopped working and had to re-charge. costing $120”

Yueqian Z., PA (2006 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

“One of the rear side panels came loose for no apparent reason”

Anonymous, UT (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“passenger door interior panel fell off; won't stay on with new glue application”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Door panels fell off and door seal mouldings fell off”

John K., NJ (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“paint bubbled and began chipping after a cold weather spell”

Neil M., NC (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“The paint chips were a considerable size when they fell off and once the metal was exposed it started ti rust. It is a mess now. I am looking for a good used Nissan Murano 2012 or 2013”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“PAINT STARTED TO PEEL FROM THE LEFT REAR WHEEL OPENING WHERE IT MEETS THE BUMPER”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Undercarriage has significant rust Exterior does not show much rust at all”

Ron B., IL (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Standard Ford Rust. Most Ford products with any age, both cars and trucks, rust. The paint you can keep clean and wax but rust from the fender wells starts from the inside out”

Anonymous, IA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“LEFT ROCKER PANEL IS RUSTING THROUGH AT THE REAR UNDER THE PLASTIC MOULDING”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“Exhaust pipe from engine to converter (all one piece) broke off allowing the converter to fall down and scrape on the road. Leaving me stranded, had to crawl under car and tie up the converter and limp into a garage. Very expensive not covered !”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Engine operates roughly at idile”

David H., MA (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“3 Emissions Test failures. Cannot fix catalytic converter problems. Check engine light is consistently lit. Due to costs that are much higher than the actual blue book value of the car”

Marie-Anne D., WA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

“The "flex pipe" connecting the exhaust manifold to the exhaust pipe developed a leak”

B K., IL (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The flex pipe wore out”

Robert P., WI (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Muffler

“Yjr usual replacement after wear due to driving in winter iae, rough roads, etc”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Pipes

“Developed hole in pipe from catalytic converter to muffler - had pip replaced”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The pipe system was iriginal and very long lasting”

Anonymous, IL (2006 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

Alternator

“Always a problem”

Gerald C., PA (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“after 135,000 miles, the alternator failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Humming noise for several months. Ford dealership could not find the problem. Diagnosed it as idler and tension pulley problems, replaced those. Car quit functioning while driving later. Alternator replaced by another repair shop. Humming stopped”

Anonymous, SD (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Battery kept discharging. Went thru 2 of them. Repair guy said electrical problem. With the last new battery purchased, has run all right”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“I have had to replace the coil twice in just less than a 1 year period between April 2014 and April 2015”

Michelle W., MA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“I replaced the starter ,twice , in the last twelve months. The cost associated accessed, to me, by the Ford Dealership, for labor was $75 more that the total by a independent service”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Starter failed, fairly unusual malfunction. In 40 years I never had this issue with any other car”

E L., PA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The starter had to be replaced between the 2 times I have had replace the coil. The cost associated with this starter replacement was over $379.00, parts and labor”

Michelle W., MA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

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

“Power steering pump began leaking. Had it replaced”

Luke S., CA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“leaked fluid”

Edward M., VA (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“The struts wore out and were making a lot of noise and causing uneven tire wear. The mechanic said they lasted longer than might be expected”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Needed new shocks and struts”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“alignment was off because struts were worn out that caused uneven tire wear so tires were replaced too”

Stuart R., WA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Replaced all struts and tires 3 years ago. Recent visit for shop work pointed out bad tire wear on inside tread and diagnosis of worn struts. I bought better than average struts and question this result. I feel there are other and expensive problems surfacing. Road noise is high with much vibration in the steering at higher speeds. Additionally, there is much vibration in the braking system when quick stopping /slowing is necessary”

James B., CT (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“needed replacement”

Edward M., VA (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“I was told that it was a issue with this year Taurus”

Robert P., WI (2006 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

“Humming noise heard for several months. Ford dealer diagnosed problem as idler & tension pulleys. Replaced those, humming remained. Replaced alternator, humming stopped”

Anonymous, SD (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Engine warning light. Replaced cam position sensor”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“I had to replace the engine computer twice, in the last year. The second time I had pay $750, because the replacement, Ford supplied, had only a 90 warrenty”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“The check engine light flashing. code p0300 Have to reset. Happened three times in a 6 mo time. Last time, light went off by itself”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

“Have repaired valve cover gasket leaks and intake manifold leaks twice”

D H., AZ (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The power train had four leaks”

Anonymous, UT (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“oil pan gasket leak”

Anonymous, SD (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“same transmission as ford windstar same torque converter was recalled for windstar not taurus”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“slipping”

Neil M., NC (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Transmission failure”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Transmission slipped and had to be rebuilt for $3000”

Dave M., MO (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Trans stopped working. Had rebuilt”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“It was slipping in first gear and had to have it rebuilt”

Wayne S., CA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Three transmission failures that required rebuilds”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Taurus SE 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

“normal wear. squeaking”

C D., IN (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Master cylinder

“Had to replace the Master Cylinder and brake line at only 142000 miles”

Randall R., CO (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“All of these repairs were for normal wear for a car with 50000 miles”

Charles D., IN (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Had brake pads replace and rotors turned last year. Most recent problem was rust through of rear brakeline that required replacement. Not unexpected in 9year old car in NY State”

Todd S., NY (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

“BOTH BRAKE LINES RUSTED OUT AND FAILED. LOST MOST ALL BRAKE FLUID. LUCKY WAS ABLE TO STOP”

Gerald C., PA (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 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

Transmission leaks

“The line for the transmission fluid was leaking. It had to be replaced”

Michael P., WI (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Seal leak”

Anonymous, CO (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“IT LEAKED AND I HAD TO HAVE IT REPAIRED 3 TIMES. THE MECHANIC DID NOT TIGHTEN THE SCREW”

Darlene H., FL (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“The transmission leak was worked on twice”

John B., MO (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Check Trans light comes on code says its slipping but when driving it doesn't feel like it is slipping ever”

D H., AZ (2006 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“There's something wrong with the security system that doesn't allow the car to start. It's been to repair shop, but they say it's something that Ford will have to fix so have to go to Ford Dealer for diagnositc/repair”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The switch that controls the alarm system in the driver's door went bad, causing the car to false-alarm and drain the battery. EXTREMELY frustrating. Repairs (at Ford dealer) cost $125 for diagnostic and $25 for parts. To make matters worse, deale”

Dave M., MO (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“center brake light assembly had to be replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“Wiper motor very weak. very little pressure to spray liquids onto windshield”

Randall R., CO (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 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 dripped water on front seat passenger's foot area when it rained. Repair was to reseal windshield”

Anonymous, SD (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“When it rains, water leaks in on the floor of the front seat passenger side. Besides getting the carpet wet this leak is probably what caused the heating and air conditioning blower motor to fail. One body shop removed and resealed the windshield, but that did not fix the problem. The car still leaks”

Mike W., IN (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“I just recently experienced weather-stripping on the doors loosening or becoming detached from a rear door The rivets holding the weather-stripping failed, probably due to age!”

James B., CT (2006 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

“Engine dash light indicated a P0430 code failure-Catalytic converter problem. Replaced plugs, plug wires and O2 sensor. Light went out on dash”

Paul B., FL (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Fuel injection system

“A dash light came on. I checked the manual. I went to the shop. Had to have service on that system, replaced some parts, cost about $900. No trouble since”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“A throttle position sensor code appeared. P1120. during a long distance driving, then disappeared after 10 days”

Yueqian Z., PA (2006 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

Locks and latches

“driver door won't latch in some cold weather-intermittent”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The hinges on both the window and the hatch failed and became misaligned with the locks. We luckily fixed it before the door permanently locked itself as they tend to do”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

Drive System

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

Engine Major

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

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.

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Recalls
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SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:PADS
Apr 01 2016
A damaged or broken brake disc may reduce a vehicle's braking power, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Bosch Brake Components LLC (Bosch) is recalling certain aftermarket replacement front brake pads, models Bosch QuietCast BC598 and BP765, Bosch Blue BE598 and BE598H, Prostop PD598 and PD765M, Duralast Gold DG598, Duralast MKD598, Stop Master ST598, UltraStop ULT598, UltraLife MX598 and MX765, BrakeBest MKD765, and Prostop Platinum PGD598. These brake pads, manufactured October 1, 2014, to October 31, 2015 are intended for use on 2001-2007 Ford Taurus, 2001-2005 Mercury Sable, 1995-1999 Ford Taurus SHO, 1995-2002 Lincoln Continental, and 1993-1998 Lincoln Mark VIII vehicles. The brake pad shim may shift out of position causing the shim to contact the brake disc resulting in damage to the disc.
What should you do:
Bosch will instruct the owners how to have the affected brake pads replaced, free of charge. The recall began on May 26, 2016. Owners may contact Bosch customer service at 1-888-715-3616.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 16E026000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 49635
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: INSTRUMENT PANEL
Apr 10 2006
THE PADI LAMP WILL FAIL TO ILLUMINATE AND THE AIR BAG WARNING LAMP IN THE CLUSTER WILL STAY ILLUMINATED.
Summary:
CERTAIN PASSENGER VEHICLES BUILT FOR ONE SPECIFIC FLEET CUSTOMER WERE MODIFIED FOR OPTIONAL HANDS-FREE CELLULAR PHONE OPERATING CAPABILITY. TO PROVIDE THIS FUNCTIONALITY, A SPECIAL OVERLAY WIRE HARNESS WAS INSTALLED THAT INADVERTENTLY DID NOT INCLUDE THE CIRCUITS FOR PASSENGER AIR BAG DEACTIVATION INDICATOR (PADI) LAMP FUNCTION. AS A RESULT, THESE VEHICLES DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 208, 'OCCUPANT CRASH PROTECTION.'
What should you do:
THE FLEET CUSTOMER WAS NOTIFIED AND ALL VEHICLES HAVE BEEN REPAIRED. THE RECALL BEGAN ON APRIL 28, 2006.
For more information:
FORD RECALL NO. 06C13.CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 06V119000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 19
VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:MOTOR
Nov 09 2005
AFTER A PERIOD OF CONTINUOUS USE ON THE HIGH SPEED SETTING, LACK OF GREASE ON THE OUTPUT SHAFT GEAR MAY CAUSE THE GEAR TO DISTORT OR FRACTURE DURING OPERATION RESULTING IN A LOSS OF WIPER FUNCTION. INOPERATIVE WIPERS UNDER INCLEMENT WEATHER CONDITIONS COULD CAUSE A CRASH DUE TO IMPAIRED VISIBILITY.
Summary:
ON CERTAIN TRUCKS, PASSENGER CARS AND SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, THE WINDSHIELD WIPER MOTOR MAY HAVE BEEN PRODUCED WITHOUT GREASE BEING APPLIED TO THE OUTPUT SHAFT GEAR.
What should you do:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE WIPER MOTOR FOR THE PRESENCE OF GREASE AND GREASE THE WIPER MOTOR GEARS IF NECESSARY. THE RECALL BEGAN ON NOVEMBER 22, 2005. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-800-392-3673 OR LINCOLN/MERCURY AT 1-800-521-4140.
For more information:
FORD RECALL NO. 05S40. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 05V520000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 199942
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