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.
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There are 4 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.

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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 2014 Ford Taurus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Calipers

"Right rear caliper was sticky. Did not release properly"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"I had to replace front and rear brake pads and rotors after purchasing it as a Certified Used car."

Robert K., NV (2014 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Rotors

"Rotors on two wheels were warped"

Anonymous, NY (2014 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors needed to be resurfaced at 18000 miles. Ford authorized this under warranty but would not replace the rotors"

Jim W., MN (2014 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"As stated previously, rotor was gouged badly enough by pads that it had to be replaced. Rear rotors are not designed to be turned....too thin"

Michael G., NY (2014 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"Metal on metal scraping on right rear only that required both rear brakes be replaced, rotors and pads. Did not replace calipers"

Michael G., NY (2014 Ford Taurus SEL 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

"The back up camera fails to turn on 7 out of 10 times, dealer keeps telling me nothing is wrong."

Robert K., NV (2014 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Display screen difficult to see

"It is difficult to see while driving too distracting and frustrating"

Anonymous, LA (2014 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Display screen freezes up

"the dashlight goes off on its own, the screen freezes up"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Taurus)
Display screen goes blank

"everything stops"

Anonymous, OH (2014 Ford Taurus)

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

"The drain from the windshield became plugged and water was shunted into the passenger footwell"

Anonymous, FL (2014 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"An objectionable noise emanated from the dashboard area. It was quickly resolved by the dealership"

S P., VA (2014 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"noise in seat belt retractor"

John M., FL (2014 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Going over bumps, we have a rattle in the center console"

Dan L., OH (2014 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

Shocks or struts

"A nut came loose"

Lee H., MN (2014 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

"Had to replace"

Anonymous, IL (2014 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Car was making a thumping sound that increased with speed...similar to an out of balance tire. I took it to the dealer and they replaced the front right wheel bearing under warranty"

Thomas R., PA (2014 Ford Taurus SHO 3.5-L V6 turbo)

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

Headlights

"There is no peripheral lighting toward the front of the vehicle. When attempting a turn into an intersection, it is completely DARK. This vehicle is unsafe to be driven at night"

Anonymous, CA (2014 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"We repeatedly get flashed by oncoming vehicles at night mainly when it begins to get dark early in the Fall and Winter. Has the OEM lights installed. Have taken it to different Ford dealers. All of them say there is nothing you can do. One pointed the lights down farther, however, it makes it harder to see and people still flash lights. Gets very annoying and hard to see when you are getting flashed by oncoming drivers."

Dustin W., IN (2014 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

"Had to replace washer motor"

Anonymous, TN (2014 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Not syncing. Fixed"

Anonymous, MA (2014 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

"At first thought we could deal with touch sys. It is distracting while driving, especially climate control. Need more buttons than techie stuff. Voice recognition is not effective enough -too many mixed signals. Wished I had not bought 2014"

Anonymous, LA (2014 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

"Sometimes they don't work. I can't always depend on them when backing up."

Anonymous, TN (2014 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

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"paint chips by left tail light where nothing could have hit it and ford did nothing. will never but another ford"

Anonymous, NC (2014 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)
Rust

"March 2019 noticed that the trunk lid underneath is rusting all around the rolled seams when you open it up. Also rust is now evident on the bottom of the doors where the rolled seams are."

Dustin W., IN (2014 Ford Taurus Limited 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

Glass defects

"Back window blew out and ford wouldn't fix it nothing hit it and you could tell it blew from the inside out sitting in drive way"

Anonymous, NC (2014 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 knock or ping

"Basically, it clicks. I informed the service when I first starting noticing it(the car was still underwarrenty), they said they couldn't hear any clicking . Warranty is out, and the clicking has gotten louder. Ever since I first starting hearing the clicking, it has steadily gotten louder."

Anonymous, TN (2014 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"i had to have the whole transmission replaced when it died on me the highway"

Anonymous, MI (2014 Ford Taurus SEL 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

Transmission leaks

"Leak in transmission line"

Anonymous, CT (2014 Ford Taurus 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

Electrical failure

"I had to replace a relay in the Ford SYNC system that was causing the climate control to shut on and off intermittently"

Anonymous, MO (2014 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

Engine rebuild or replacement

"This was necessary within the first six months of having the car!"

Anonymous, VA (2014 Ford Taurus Limited 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Heated or cooled seat controls

"The problem was a broken heating element in the driver seat, not the heater controls."

Gary G., KY (2014 Ford Taurus SEL 3.5-L V6)

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

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Recalls
PROVIDED BY
SUSPENSION:REAR
Feb 10 2020
A fractured rear toe link will cause a sudden change in vehicle handling and increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2013-2018 Lincoln MKT and Ford Flex and Taurus vehicles with the Police Interceptor or SHO Performance Pack. The rear suspension toe links may fracture due to stress on the rear suspension.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the rear suspension toe links, free of charge. Remedy parts are not currently available. Owners were notified about the recall on March 3, 2020. A second notice will be mailed when remedy parts become available, which is currently expected to be the end of September 2020. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332 or Lincoln customer service at 1-800-521-4140. Ford's number for this recall is 20S04.
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: 20V072000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 211207
FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:DELIVERY:FUEL PUMP
Aug 25 2016
A loss of power to the fuel pump will cause the engine to stall or prevent the vehicle from starting, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Lincoln MKS and Lincoln MKT vehicles equipped with 3.5L GTDI Ecoboost engines and 2013-2015 Ford Taurus Police Interceptor vehicles. A component within the fuel pump electric module (PEM) may overheat causing a loss of electrical power to the fuel pump.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the fuel PEM part number and replace the fuel PEM, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began on December 1, 2016. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 16S31.
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: 16V621000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 77502
POWER TRAIN:AXLE ASSEMBLY:AXLE SHAFT
Jul 02 2014
If the halfshaft and linkshaft become disengaged while driving, power will no longer be transmitted to the wheels, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash. Additionally, if the parking brake is not applied before exiting the vehicle, the vehicle may roll away despite the transmission being placed in 'Park', increasing the risk of injury to exiting occupants and bystanders.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain model year 2012-2014 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX vehicles manufactured September 2, 2010, to November 30, 2013; 2013-2014 Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS vehicles manufactured August 25, 2011, to November 30, 2013; and 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT vehicles manufactured September 12, 2011, to November 30, 2013. In the affected vehicles, the halfshaft retention circlip may not have been properly installed, and as a result, the halfshaft may move outward and disengage from the linkshaft while driving and without prior warning.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles to make sure that the halfshaft is properly retained. If it is not, dealers will replace the linkshaft and also replace the halfshaft if it shows evidence of spline damage, free of charge. The recall began on August 4, 2014. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-800-392-3673. Ford's number for this recall is 14S10.
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: 14V393000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 83250
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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