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2001 Ford Taurus repairs by problem area

Engine (47%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (3%)

Brakes and Traction Control (8%)

Suspension and Steering (21%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (17%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (1%)

Other (3%)

Chart based on 119 repairs.

2001 Ford Taurus repair cost distribution

$2500+ (0%)

$1000 - $2499 (12%)

$500 - $999 (35%)

$100 - $499 (48%)

< $100 (6%)

Chart based on 69 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.
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2001 Ford Taurus 4dr Sedan

155-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Taurus in Minnesota, United States
Mar 2009 - Jan 2013
Aug 2009

74000 mi

US $650
Right Rear coil spring broken. Had to have both replaced. I have been told this is a problem with this year of Taurus and that Ford will do nothing about it. 
Oct 2010

76000 mi

US $240
Switch for headlights did not work unless you wiggled it. Lights would go off by themselves. Clunking from rearend. Told that the Struts need to be replaced. They would do all 4 plus springs. I had the rear springs replace last year "they all have bad springs" Can not afford the $1300 for the repair. Told it is not a danger. 
Sep 2011

82000 mi

US $750
Replaced rear struts to eliminate clunking. 
Dec 2012

91000 mi

US $1100
Coolant leak from head gasket. Replaced gasket, water pump. 
Ford Taurus in Saskatchewan, Canada
Aug 2009 - Sep 2012
Sep 2009

93620 mi

C $800
Brakes made grinding noises  
Feb 2012

117980 mi

C $600
Didn't notice any problems. Found during inspection to get reg'd in new province. 
Ford Taurus in Georgia, United States
Dec 2007 - Dec 2011
Jan 2008

108000 mi

US $400
Engine coolant temperature sensor not working correctly, meaning the coolant valve wasn't opening properly. This led to pressure blowing a hole in the coolant reservoir and all coolant leaking out. 
Sep 2008

112000 mi

US $9
Replaced gas cap. 
Oct 2009

122000 mi

US $750
Coolant leak in multiple places. Sigh. Timing belt repair. 
Aug 2011

131000 mi

US $100
Cracked vacuum hose was causing car to sputter at idle. Replaced vacuum hose. 
Ford Taurus in Kentucky, United States
Feb 2010 - Mar 2010
Mar 2010

105000 mi

US $1700
Intake was laid on top of a wiring harness when the Taurus was built in June 2001. Eight years later, grinding and crushing of the intake exposed the wires to bare metal, causing many serious problems with the powertrain. Took mechanic 8+ hours to find. Blown head gasket(s) discovered in early November of 2009. A very slow leak, but significant enough to allow exhaust to back into the cooling system and clog the heater core, as well as reduce power and gas mileage. 
Ford Taurus in New York, United States
Dec 2007 - Sep 2009
Apr 2008

118000 mi

US $375
Broken springs, and issues with struts. 
Sep 2009

119000 mi

US $400
Broken coil spring. 
Ford Taurus in Pennsylvania, United States
Oct 2009 - Jun 2014
Mar 2010

118000 mi

US $45
Replaced seized left rear wheel cylinder and left rear brake line. 
Jun 2014

189000 mi

US $110
Head gasket replacement. 
Ford Taurus in Georgia, United States
Nov 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

99000 mi

US $100
Replaced pads and rotors by self on front axle. 

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2001 Ford Taurus 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Ford Taurus in Illinois, United States
Apr 2009 - Jun 2010
May 2009

107000 mi

US $1000
Had to replace Bosch control module for ABS Brake system. 
Aug 2009

110000 mi

US $75
Mar 2010

116000 mi

US $60
Car has 116,000 miles and requires replacement of rear struts and springs (rusted through). Estimated cost is $1,300.00. Will live with problem for now. 
May 2010

118000 mi

US $778
Finally replaced rear springs and struts. One spring was broken in multiple places. This is a widespread problem with 2001 Taurus/Sable models. OEM springs are inferior, most likely sourced in China by Ford.  
Jun 2010

118000 mi
The AC compressor and module malfunctioned. Over $1400.00 in quoted costs. Got rid of car.  
Ford Taurus in Michigan, United States
Dec 2007 - Jul 2008
Jun 2008

82000 mi

US $600
Main seal oil leak 

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2001 Ford Taurus 4-door

4-cylinder automatic 2WD

Ford Taurus in Ohio, United States
Jul 2008 - Mar 2010
Oct 2008

138000 mi

US $405
Oxygen Sensor (P0401) failed. 
Jan 2009

139000 mi

US $2289
Check Engine Light came on (P0340) - cam sensor was faulty. The synchronizer was also replaced, as it was faulty. Left and right ball joints were near end of life. Wheels were alligned. Oil pan Gasket was leaking. Coolant reservoir was cracked. New Water Pump was installed because it was as cost effective as putting the old one back in.  

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2001 Ford Taurus Repair Histories

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