Somehow the Ford Taurus manages to be a rather large sedan with a tight and cramped interior. Poor packaging efficiency, led by a center console resembling the Great Wall of China and not much rear-seat room results, in an interior that feels smaller than many midsized sedans. Small windows and thick pillars add to the claustrophobic feel, making it difficult for the driver to see out.
Alerts
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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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 2010 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

Automatic climate control

"Heat coming on the driver's side and cold air on the passenger's side. The first 2 times were under warranty. The last time I had to pay for repairs."

Anonymous, VA (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"There is an actuator part that controls the passenger side climate control that keeps malfunctioning. We have had this part replaced at least 6 times over the past several years. Very irritating."

Anonymous, IA (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"This was the second blend door inside the dashboard that has gone bad in a year, the part isn't too expensive but the labor is crazy because the dash has to be taken apart. It's also very inconvenient when the car is blowing A/C on the drivers side and heat on the passenger side when it's 90+ degrees outside (it broke in the middle of July!)"

Kristofer S., NY (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"It just does not seem to cool the vehicle appropriately"

Jeffrey F., MN (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Damper motors needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Blower blend door actuator"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Front passenger side air temperature control failed"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"the shift control would only allow heat or a/c on the passenger side of the dash board. No air would come through on the drivers side"

Francis C., MO (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Failure of blend door actuator"

Lawrence G., FL (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"when car is started there is a loud knocking under the dash on passenger side"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Only had heat out of one vent. All other vents cold"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"The actuator motor inside the dashboard failed, it resulted in dashboard removal and a total of 24 hours without my vehicle, along with a 2.5 hour round trip x2 to have the car fixed at the dealership it was originally purchased from. This service and a courtesy rental was cover by my extended service plan I'd purchased from the Ford dealer after purchasing the car from a private party"

Kristofer S., NY (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"The passenger side control locked itself into the lowest temperature setting; also the Recirculate function would reset back to outside air after a couple minutes; lastly, the temp control to the back seat was also locked into the lowest setting. this was all fixed with the replacement of a single part."

Duncan S., TX (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Actuator on the door that directs the air flow from vent to heat to defrost stripped its plastic gear."

Dennis L., KY (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Blower (fan) motor

"Whenever I turn on the fan motor it makes a clicking sound before it starts to work"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Intermittent, shuts off for a about 30 seconds or so then turns back on"

Jeffrey F., MN (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"SOUNDS LIKE FAN IS HITTING SOMETHING WHEN MOTOR IS STARTED, AND SOMETIMES WHILE DRIVING"

Anonymous, OR (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Condenser

"It leaked and was replaced"

David S., MI (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Electrical failure

"dual temperature control inoperative on passenger side due to an electric motor that controls the routing of the cool or hot air. The dealer wanted $90 just to diagnose the problem and apply it to the repair so I told them I'll do it myself and I di"

Ronald S., MI (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seat controls

"Drivers heated seat element went out"

Anonymous, NC (2010 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"The heater unit on the passenger side stopped working and was replaced"

Neil G., OH (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Same issue as I described before with the actuator that keeps breaking/malfunctioning. when the actuator breaks the passenger side blows out very hot air, even though the driver side has the air conditioning on! Defroster doesn't work right on passenger side either when the actuator gets stuck and quits working."

Anonymous, IA (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"dual climate control did not work on the passenger side. No heat ono the passenger side"

Wayne M., IN (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Heater blows cold at idle. Most notable on days under 40 degrees F"

Brian H., NE (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Not producing heat"

Anonymous, NJ (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Had the heater door for the passenger side replace twice. (only blowing cold air)"

Russell M., MI (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Door actuators (sp)) for heat/air from floor to dash."

Russell M., MI (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Dealer says the ac is full and does not work, dealer says the unit is low and it does not work. It just does not work right"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Na"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Calipers

"Rear brake calipers are in need of replacement. Calipers simply shouldn't need replacement and in my opinion are defective. Ford should replace these"

Cory G., IL (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"they were rusted in the closed position"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Calipers were defective on both rear sides. Replaced prematurely. Ford claims that it was wear and tear. I call it poor quality and craftsmanship"

John B., ON (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Calipers froze in place and did not move which created premature wear on pads and rotors"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Parking brake

"Parking Brake would only engage about half of the time"

David N., OH (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"Breaks recalled, last lest than 50k miles"

Anonymous, VA (2010 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Replaced twice"

Anonymous, SC (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors warped and had the turned, rotors warped again in 3000 miles and had to replace them"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Purchased Dec 2004 (new 2005) brake problem after 2nd week of owner ship. Dealer could not find problem after 2nd month brake problem reacured, dealer replaced front calapers, under warrenty. During 2nd year rear brakes failed, again dealer found no"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"had rust and were worn"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors build up rust on inside and outside edge,causing pulsating"

Gertrude C., MA (2010 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

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"I don't know what to call it but 2010 Ford Taurus's have a silver (decal, trim don't know what it is called) around the rear brake lights, it continually comes off and I have to buy some and put it on or have someone do it. Will have to do it again before I sell it this spring/summer, but it's a constant problem with this model year"

Joseph D., NJ (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"metal trim started to peal two years ago. was replaced by dealer"

Anonymous, HI (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"the silver paint/tape around tail lights peeled off leaving white plastic exposed had fixed once, came off again. had tail light assembly changed due to moisture took 3 different assemblies before moisture didn't come back"

Joseph D., NJ (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"front bumper panel came off..reset by ford and fell off again"

Anonymous, PR (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint peeling from rear tail light"

George M., NV (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"same thing as I wrote before, silver tape around tail lights peeled off leaving white plastic exposed, had 1 fixed once the other 3 times since tail light assembly was replaced, they both peeled off and are still that way today"

Joseph D., NJ (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"the car came with the chrome package. The chrome is peeling and deteriorating"

Michael P., NY (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"Paint is chipping away at door handles"

Stephen D., FL (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"RUST IS DEVELOPING ON MY TRUNK AND THE TOP OF MY CAR NEAR THE WINDSHIELD. I could understand if it developed lower on the car like a wheel well or fender, but not the top of the car."

Paul O., ON (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 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)

"The bulbs continually burn out prematurely. Very frustrating"

Paul O., ON (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Front side bulbs, just behind the headlights"

Stephen H., TX (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Headlights

"two dealers couldn't properly adjust them. Did it myself- no help from ford"

Anonymous, AL (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Heated or cooled seats

"The unit no longer works on the driver side. Living without it, but it is no fun in the winter. Passenger side works fine. Both units in my Edge work fine as well. Not made for 240 pound males to sit upon"

Paul O., ON (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Horn

"Seems only half as loud as it used to be"

Anonymous, AL (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Actually, it was the rear window sunshade"

Anonymous, TX (2010 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

"Took several trips to the dealer to finally have them address this problem"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"This problem was repaired 2 different times based on Ford TSBs. The problem was never resolved, but occured less frequently and unless an authorized dealer could replicate it then according to Ford there wasn't a problem. Poorly built vehicle overall"

John B., ON (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Slipping transmission

"Occasional ( 1 out of 30-40 ) stops - the cad does not downshift into 1st, step on the gas the engine revs-up and then slams into 1st gear"

Paul M., PA (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"after stopping at a stop sign or traffic light the transmission will slip sometimes harder than other it does frequently not all the time"

Anonymous, OH (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"At a stop, the car will not want to move. Experience some slipping and eventually it catches hard and the car will move. There was a previous TSB for a software update on this issue which took care of the problem for about two years."

Anonymous, MD (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

"Engine has a very audible knock. I had a mechanic use electronic stethoscope and he indicated that it sound like a rod bearing (sound is louder under the car). I learned I would have to pull the engine to pull the oil pan to look at the rod bearing. The shop quoted 18 hours of labor just to diagnose the problem further. Plan to get rid of the car."

Michael J., KS (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"At 100000 miles the #4 cylinder burned through because the engine had been running lean its entire life"

E C., TN (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Turbo or supercharger

"Had slight oil leak at turbo charger. Turbo charger replaced under warrantee"

Anonymous, ME (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Oil leak in turbo causing a burnt oil smell. This happened in both turbos at different times"

Anonymous, AK (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

"car made sound when starting to move forward after backing up"

Anonymous, IA (2010 Ford Taurus SE 3.5-L V6)

"Front Struts had to be replaced. Designed for replacement at 75,000 miles"

Beverly M., NV (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Can't explain"

Anonymous, MD (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Tie rods

"Second time a tie-rod has gone bad in two years, interesting that they keep going, and of course you need an alignment every time."

Kristofer S., NY (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 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

Transfer case

"It was replaced because of an oil leak and internal failures"

David S., MI (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Oil leak - a seal kit was installed"

David S., MI (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"The only problem I have had with my 2010 Taurus SHO is the right catalytic converter went out, The car has been a great car. Now that Ford will no longer produce the Taurus, I will look for a 2018 SHO next year."

Barbara L., FL (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6)
Other/unsure

"Frequent errors with BLIS."

Anonymous, MD (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"Navigation instructs driver to veer left when road to be taken is on right and vice / versa intermittently. Must read street signs when following navigational information"

J A., GA (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)
Radio

"With Speed Sensitive Volume turned off. Volume responds to speed when driving in rain"

J A., GA (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"The check engine light came on, but the ca continued to run flawlessly"

Greg S., TN (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Two O2 sensors were replaced"

David S., MI (2010 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"Engine has continuously had a slight clicking sound when idle. It initially sounded like a collapsed lifter but has gotten louder over the years. On a recent trip the sound grew louder and louder so took it to a local shop for diagnosis. The mechanic identified it as a possible rod bearing, however, the engine would have to be pulled to remove the oil pan and perform an inspection. To remove the engine would take 18 hours of labor and cost $2,000 - just to diagnose the issue. Poor design and poor life of engine."

Michael J., KS (2010 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Oil leaks

"It was an oil seal leakage - cannot remember the exact name of it - very expensive and time consuming to repair."

Paul O., ON (2010 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

"Had to replace one of the coils in the engine"

Atul T., NY (2010 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

Body Integrity

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

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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
STRUCTURE:BODY:DOOR
Jan 28 2015
If the interior door handle return spring is unseated, the door may unlatch in the event of a side impact crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2010-2013 Ford Taurus vehicles manufactured December 1, 2009, to July 31, 2010, and 2011-2013 Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured June 1, 2011, to October 31, 2011. In the affected vehicles, the interior door handle return spring may unseat, resulting in interior door handle that does not return to the fully stowed position after actuation.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect all four of the interior door handles and either repair or replace them, free of charge. The recall began March 23, 2015. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 15S02.
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: 15V040000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 194889
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
May 29 2014
This corrosion may result in a short circuit, increasing the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Taurus vehicles manufactured November 24, 2008, through February 28, 2014, originally sold in, or currently registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, 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. When used in areas that use road salt, the license plate lamp assembly may experience an electro-chemical reaction and corrosion as a result of water intrusion.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the license plate lamp assemblies, free of charge. The recall began on July 26, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S08. Note: Under program 14R01, Ford will notify owners in non-corrosion states, and, at the customer's request, dealers will replace the license plate lamp assembly.
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: 14V285000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 183425
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