Product Reviews

Welcome to Consumer Reports.

We’re so glad to have you as a member. You now have access to benefits that can help you choose right, be safe and stay informed.
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.

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
Common Trouble Spot
Common Trouble Spot
Research Years *Redesign year
Worse Better
00*
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08*
09
10*
11
12
13*
14
15
16
17
18
Overall Reliability Verdict
NA
NA
NA
Potential Trouble Spots
Engine Major
NA
NA
NA
Engine Minor
NA
NA
NA
Engine Cooling
NA
NA
NA
Transmission Major
NA
NA
NA
Transmission Minor
NA
NA
NA
Drive System
NA
NA
NA
Fuel System
NA
NA
NA
Electric System
NA
NA
NA
Climate System
NA
NA
NA
Suspension
NA
NA
NA
Brakes
NA
NA
NA
Exhaust
NA
NA
NA
Paint/Trim
NA
NA
NA
Body Integrity
NA
NA
NA
Body Hardware
NA
NA
NA
Power Equipment
NA
NA
NA
In-car Electronics
NA
NA
NA
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.

Learn more about car Reliability.

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2009 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

“fan motor controller inoperable”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“Air conditioning did not cool the car. Found that it was nearly out of refrigerant. Repair shop added more, then gave a repair estimate much higher than I want to pay. We'll see what happens this summer”

P S., PA (2009 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.5-L V6)

“Very slow leak that requires topping up every 4 or 5 months”

Anonymous, BC (2009 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)

“The hose had to replaced twice. The seals on this vehicle are not well made”

Dawn C., GA (2009 Ford Taurus SE 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

Calipers

“rotors replaced on rear brakes...quicklane service dept failed to tighten bolts on calipers & rubbing was heard. I stopped at a garage some 600 miles from home & they put the car on the lift & found that the bolts were missing”

Delores R., WI (2009 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“replace pads”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

“brakes were replaced by non-Ford parts (NAPA most likely) and brakes now groan whenever more than light pressure is applied to the brake pedal”

James Q., MI (2009 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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“Taillight had water inside, most likely from our regular commercial drive through car washing. $330.00 to replace at Ford dealership”

Anonymous, CO (2009 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

“Drivers side heated seat not functioning”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“drivers side stopped working”

Anonymous, CT (2009 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

“SYNC needed to be rebooted to function, dealer did the work”

D B., NY (2009 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“System failed requiring mother board replacement”

Anonymous, KS (2009 Ford Taurus Unsure 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

Coolers and lines

“Had to replace the transmission cooler which was leaking like crazy and causing performance problems: $1000”

Anonymous, CT (2009 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Makes a hiccup at times when accelerating”

Anonymous, CT (2009 Ford Taurus SE 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

Squeaks or rattles

“Car is noisy when driving at high speeds”

Kristine L., GA (2009 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

“Road noise is prevalent due to low quality of body insulation. rattles etc. are insignificant”

Anonymous, KS (2009 Ford Taurus Unsure 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

Shocks or struts

“All four struts leaking”

Anonymous, PA (2009 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

“Front shocks shot at 50,000 miles. Car has never been off smooth roads and very disappointed with Ford that they can't build better quality shocks. I even spent $2000 on extended Warranty but found that this did not cover shocks. Cost me $900. Probab”

Anonymous, FL (2009 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Rust

“bad rust on the back fenders”

Anonymous, NY (2009 Ford Taurus SE 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

Backup or other camera/sensors

“One of the sensors created rust and bubbling of plastic covering. Problem has just been diagnosed plan on getting fixed. Note: living in snow belt in the Northeast, this design will have future problems because of the salt and coorosive materials us”

D B., NY (2009 Ford Taurus Limited 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

“A gear for the engine timing broke. This apparently is a known problem as the part has been re-engineered several times according to my mechanic. Hopefully they got it right for the part i had installed”

Steve W., TX (2009 Ford Taurus SE 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.

Engine Minor

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

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.

Engine Cooling

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

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.

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

Compare 2009 Models

No Data Available
Change Vehicle