After a hiatus during which it was known as the Five Hundred, the Taurus returned to the marketplace. A new engine made this revised Taurus quicker and more responsive, but fuel economy took a hit. Still, all of the attributes that made the car beloved in the first place returned.
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There is 1 recall 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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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 2008 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

"CONTINUE TO GET A CLICKING SOUND RANDOMLY BUT FREQUENTLY"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"passenger side only put out hot air ,had to have Freon put into cooling system"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Climate door activation module failure"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Actuator directing air flow failed. Required new part"

Anonymous, MS (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Clicking noise"

Paul J., DC (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Needed to have a motor replaced"

Keith C., CO (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The control had to be replaced"

Anonymous, MB (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"blower went out at 4 years. The part that changes it from defrost to heat and fan speed was the issue"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"The fan for the front window defroster stopped working. It was an easy fix, but everything is expensive"

David B., OR (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Condenser failed which is part of the radiator requiring expensive replacement of the whole unit. $600"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"heated seats quit working"

Anonymous, IN (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"HEATED SEAT SYSTEM FAILED. FIX REQUIRED A NEW COMPUTER"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The control switch on the drivers seat doesn't work"

Anonymous, MB (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Heater was not producing temp greater than 60-70 degrees. System was backwashed & flushed, new thermostat installed & ant-freeze added. Result: System works fine"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"system not cooling had to have it serviced and Freon put in"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"A/C blows hot. Mechanic says refrigerant is leaking from compressor/condenser - a major repair bill to replace these units. Have always had problems with a/c system in this car. Had it repaired once under warranty for same problem. Also has heating/a/c duct doors open/close flapping noise at start up-but goes away after a minute"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Added refrigerant lasted about six weeks"

Norman D., AR (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-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

"Both front needed to be replaced. Thought tire wear was due to alignment, which was fixed, but still had uneven wear. Then problem was found. Also had to replace 2 tires on same side"

Tammy T., GA (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Ball joints worn out, very defined movement in steering going over bumps"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Both front needed to be replaced. Thought tire wear was due to alignment, which was fixed, but still had uneven wear. Then problem was found. Also had to replace 2 tires on same side"

Tammy T., GA (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"replaced out of warranty"

Stephen P., WV (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"pump was leaking"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Power steering pump leaked, fluid dropped onto belt, glazing it. Had to replace both"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"replaced within 3 yr. warranty - same sound again - weak suspension"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Seems to be a common failure for the 2008 Taurus and seen a Ford Technical Bulliton / service alert for front struct / shocks for several different build lots. NOT happy with this failure (high cost to fix; not always a final fix) and long term risk"

Alfred W., FL (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Mechanic informed me that struts were causing uneven brake wear and "shimmy" when braking at speed"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The left front steering rack broke when I was backing into a parking space"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"rack and power steering pump replaced"

Roger D., PA (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"replaced seals in the rack, replaced the tie rods due to years of salt and rust"

Anonymous, VT (2008 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"steering locked up luckily it happened as we were turning into our driveway"

Jolene D., MO (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Leaking seals required replacement of rack and pinion components, a $2000.00 fix"

Anonymous, MB (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"left inner tie rod loose,repaired and alignment done"

Anonymous, MB (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Anti-lock brakes will engage randomly while accelerating from a dead stop. Almost completely stops the car before it disengages. Dealer has checked it out multiple times. Dealer says probably just dust on the ABS sensor causing it to freak out. N"

Jonathan D., CA (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Calipers

"right rear caliper locked up. this is the 2nd caliper on this wheel that failed - thoUSnds of miles between failures"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Loud squeak when depressing brake pedal. Mechanic says the caliper something-or-other needs lubrication. When brakes are replaced, noise goes away but eventually ALWAYS comes back"

Jonathan D., CA (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Not sure why they are bad, but I have had to replace the rotors and calipers at different due to rust"

John V., PA (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Front brakes worn scored drum"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"I noticed that the car seemed to no longer 'coast' away when releasing the brakes. Suspected a stuck caliper and that turned out to be true. Had an extensive brake job done, then the shop told me the Master Cylinder was bad. They replaced it at their cost. My Dad, who gave me the car, had mentioned he was warned by the Ford dealer to watch the fluid level in the Master Cylinder. I think they knew there was an issue. This was before the car had 40,000 miles on it. Brakes and master cylinder wer"

Joe S., MI (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"rear brakes war faster than front brakes on this model"

Anonymous, CT (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"resurfaced rotors and replaced brake pads"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Got it fixed, identified when I was having the dash panel replaced a at Ford Dealer. Fixed at Firestone Store"

Jim F., MI (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Brakes have been replaced twice; front, 8,000 miles ago and last week; rear, 3,000 miles ago and last week. Also replaced struts and tie rod last week"

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"pulls right or left when applying brakes, mostly when wet"

Dean K., WA (2008 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors maintenance were improperly performed by the Ford garage personnel"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"situation resolved with resurfacing and new brake pads"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Master cylinder

"Master Cylinder problem may have caused failure (seizing) of right rear brake caliper. Had Rear calipers replaced, then shop decided Master Cylinder needed replacement too"

Joe S., MI (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-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

"Shifting was sometimes great and then sometimes not. The dealer could not get the transmission to act up when he took the car for a test drive. He finally reprogramed the electronics. It helped, but it didn't solve the problem completely"

Anonymous, ID (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"There is a definite transmission bump at low speed from 1st to 2d shift. While I have complained several times to the Ford dealer servicing my car, none of the people there agree. The problem is more pronounced at first movements in the morning when"

Anonymous, MD (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Engine revs up when shifting up sometimes"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"Rough shifting when cold and when new drivers have used the car"

Irving S., NY (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission shifts hard"

Shawn D., NY (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Transmission bangs hard when up shifting at 45 to 50 mph if you let up on the accelerator slightly before increasing speed. typically in slow moving traffic"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Transmission computer

"It would rapid shift up to high gear to soon causing a drop in pull away power. When depressing the throttle all the way to the floor for passing it would feel like it was trying to decide which gear to go in causing a few seconds of switch clicking"

Michael H., CA (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"3 - software failures"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Transfer case gasket leak"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"transmission would not shift properly exterior speed sensor faulty and replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Had 2 transmission sensors go bad. Had to have towed to dealership"

Anonymous, MO (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Senor replaced to stop hard shifting but didn't totally resolve problem"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

"Paint started to peel and rust appeared at top of rear driver side wheel well approximately 1 month after warranty expiry. Neither dealer nor Ford would accept responsibility for rust repair because there was no perforation"

Anonymous, QC (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The paint on the plastic trim and bumper is fading"

Jeff B., CA (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"hood is rusting as is the side panels"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"the paint on the hood has faded badly. rest of car isfine for its age"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The paint on the bumper has become very faded, while the paint everywhere else remains shiny and unblemished"

Tanya B., GA (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Rust on rear wheel wells, ford warranty only covers 5yr if rusts through. Rusted through at 5.5 yrs, body shop said ford should have covered, but they wouldn't"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"RUSTING AROUND THE WHEEL WELL ON DRIVER SIDE"

Edward A., ON (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Rust around both back fenders and inside the back door weld"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Rust bubbles in front of rear wheels"

James R., IA (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-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 out on instrument panel showing RPM and speed"

Shawn D., NY (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"License plate bulb went dim and replacement was difficult"

Shawn D., NY (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"replaced left rear directional and license plate bulb"

Kenneth B., MA (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"License plate light and Foglight needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"The passenger seat heater quit. It took the dealer all day to locate the problem, then he had to order the part to repair it. Another day"

Anonymous, ID (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Drivers side seat heater not working. Have not priced repair but have been told it costs quite a bit. We will explore repair before next winter"

Timothy A., OH (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Driver's seat warming stopped working"

Joe S., MI (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Needed to have a seat heating element replaced"

Keith C., CO (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"The light in the dash board where it shows your mph is partially out"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-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

"6 CD player seized up and decided to replace with a single CD player ( after market by specialty company )"

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"6 disc cd player quit working and replaced for $250.00"

Gene T., NC (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Cd's stuck inside, wont eject or play"

Shawn D., NY (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"The compass, mileage, and miles per gallon indicator lights went out"

Loren B., NE (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Had to be replaced"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.5-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

"Driver seat heater unit malfunction detected after expiry of warranty--unable to establish if malfunction occurred before or after expiry as it was rarely activated. Estimated repair $500.00. Premature malfunction in light of rare useage"

Anonymous, QC (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"HEATED SEAT NO LONGER WORKS - GIVES NO HEAT ON DRIVERS SIDE"

Edward A., ON (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Both front seat heating pads have failed twice"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"seats no longer heat... have had coils replaced twice"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"When cold, no power could be delivered to the wheels. Repair shop was surprised the car ran at all (including driving several hundred miles home). Still was shocked the transmission quit within a couple thoUSnd miles of warranty expiration"

Anonymous, PA (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"something broke gear"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"transmission was slipping and it was repaced"

Anonymous, VA (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

"Steering wheel squeaks and vent fan makes loud rattle noise for first 30 seconds of use"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Air or water leaks

"Water leak on passenger floor area. Likely water flows into climate control air intake and leaks into blower motor, then onto passenger floor. Worse on 2003 version, but still a problem with 2008 model too"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"I can hear the outside, I will keep the radio on to block wind sounds"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine computer

"PCU module failure caused problems with coils"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"As I am driving the car starts jerking. Took it in for a recall and it work great for a day. The next day I call dealer back to tell him about it. He said it could possibly cost $2000 to fix. Thought if they fixed it on a recall for a day then they should fix it to last"

Mark W., TN (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Muffler

"had to replace muffler after six years of use"

Anonymous, VT (2008 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"muffler failed and was not covered by extended warrenty we purchased. cost of repair was over $800"

Thomas M., VT (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-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

Coil

"replaced all 6 coils to be sure I did not have problems with the new PCM"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-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

"The original fuel pump cracked around the top ring allowing fumes to come out the top along with fuel when the vehicle was filled. I replaced the pump and 6 months later had to replace the pump again due to pump failure. These were not oem pumps. Over all I would not recommend this vehicle as the transmission broke at about 100,000 km and it cost $4000 to repair it. The vehicle is well maintained and always has it's regular service"

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

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

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

"Check engine light came on. Timing equipment and main belt had to be replaced - an expensive affair"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-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

"Leak in PTU intermediate shaft seal. Had right side axel removed and replace seal with seal kit. Install new seal shaft support ring and dust shield"

Dennis F., IL (2008 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Water pump

"Water pump went bad and started leaking. Had to replace the water pump"

Anonymous, IL (2008 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

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Recalls
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AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Apr 26 2016
An improperly inflated air bag increases the risk of injury in the event of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2009-2012 Ford Flex, 2008 and 2010-2012 Ford Taurus, 2008-2009 Ford Taurus X, 2008 Mercury Sable, 2009 and 2011 Lincoln MKS vehicles. The driver frontal air bag may improperly inflate during second-stage deployment in the event of a high speed crash. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection."
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the driver's frontal air bag module, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 13, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16C06.
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: 16V247000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 695
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