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2003 Ford Taurus repairs by problem area

Chart based on 104 repairs.

2003 Ford Taurus repair cost distribution

Chart based on 55 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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2003 Ford Taurus

Engine not specified

Ford Taurus in Massachusetts, United States
May 2009 - Mar 2010
Jun 2009

85000 mi

US $500
alternator replaced 

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2003 Ford Taurus 4dr Wagon

155-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Taurus in Ohio, United States
Jul 2009 - Aug 2014
Mar 2010

35000 mi

US $150
Heater Blower Motor Blown 
Jul 2012

78300 mi

US $1400
It was the cam position sensor. The car bucked between 3000 & 4000 rpm. According the web, this is a common Taurus problem. 
Mar 2013

90000 mi

US $1913
The transmission "dropped" at an intersection. The transmission had to be rebuilt. 
Mar 2014

108000 mi

US $1000
Car would not start. Replaced battery, alternator and starter 
Aug 2014

112000 mi
The transmission was acting up again and we decided to get another vehicle. 

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2003 Ford Taurus 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Taurus in Pennsylvania, United States
Jun 2009 - Mar 2012
Aug 2009

31000 mi
Front brake pads. 
Ford Taurus in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2008 - Sep 2013
Sep 2008

105400 mi

C $3000
replaced two of the three catalytic converters. Contacted dealership and Ford head office directly and neither could explain the reason for this type of repair. Third cat was replace 4 months later 
Apr 2010

148800 mi

C $900
Noise when turning. Shop determined it needed to replace the power steering pump. Shop suggested steering rack needs replacing. Car has been fine w/out this repair so far. 
May 2010

149400 mi

C $480
Replaced lower front ball joint. Trip included power steering flush and re-alignment. 
Jun 2010

150040 mi

C $1200
Replacement of steering rack 
Sep 2010

155000 mi

C $400
replaced front passenger side bearing 
Oct 2010

159960 mi

C $350
front end vibration and noise; garage determined front brakes needed to be replaced 
Aug 2011

173600 mi

C $300
replaced collapsed air pollution hose and idle regulator 
Nov 2011

176980 mi

C $900
Replaced rack and pinion assembly. Second time done on this vehicle. First time was a year ago. 
Dec 2011

177940 mi
Mechanic ran a diagnostic as car was not firing on all cylinders. He recommends replacement of plugs and wires. 
Feb 2012

180160 mi

C $350
Loss of power was noticed. Car was misfiring, engine shake, vibration in front. Mechanic diagnosed that it needed new plugs and wires. First time I have replaced these since owning the car. 
Jul 2012

186620 mi

C $350
rear brakes serviced, no parts replaced; rust and dirt removed and realigned. Also had oil change and fluid check. Interior trim on passenger door re-glued to door. 
Jun 2013

193440 mi

C $300
Car won't increase speed during extreme wet weather, especially in the cold. Checked tranny, its fine. Checked vaccum hoses gaskets and valves, IAC motor. Problem still exists to a lesser degree. More repairs pending. 
Jul 2013

193440 mi

C $568
car broke down on highway had to be towed. Replaced water pump and belt. 
Aug 2013

193440 mi

C $490
power steering fluid leak. Replaced hose, flushed system, filled system. Hose cost was $260. No aftermarket part available, had to order from Ford. Took several days to get the part. 
Sep 2013

193440 mi
Car lost all power while driving. Got towed to garage. Diagnostic: need new PCM and connectors. Also found crack in coil pack which probably is causing the acceleration/stalling issues. Problem finding parts.Total estimate over $1000 
Ford Taurus in Ohio, United States
Jul 2009 - Jun 2011
Feb 2010

108000 mi

US $230
Fuel pump failed. Located in gas tank, which made the repair difficult and time consuming. 
Ford Taurus in Utah, United States
Jun 2009 - Dec 2012
Jul 2009

82000 mi

US $300
oxygen sensor went out at 60.000 miles 
Dec 2009

86000 mi

US $340
rear sway bar broke, replaced it. Did a brake power flush. Was told I might need to replace rear struts. 
Nov 2012

129500 mi

US $500
Throttle, timing related 
Ford Taurus in New York, United States
Jan 2009 - Apr 2014
Feb 2009

49000 mi
Total transmission failure. 
Jun 2010

58000 mi

US $50
Hood latch would not engage completely. Only secondary latch worked 
Nov 2012

77000 mi

US $100
Replaced original Motorcraft battery. 
Dec 2012

78000 mi

US $400
Car surging and stalling. Replaced numerous emission hoses 
May 2013

81000 mi

US $250
Engine stalling and surging. Replaced hoses and air control valve 
Sep 2013

93000 mi

US $200
AC cmpressor seized up. Replaced witha pulley 

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2003 Ford Taurus 4dr Sedan

155-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Taurus in Ohio, United States
Jan 2009 - Apr 2009
Apr 2009

258000 mi

US $84
blew the engine. The repair bill exceeded what I was willing to spend, so I just paid the tow bill and junked it. 
Ford Taurus in Washington, United States
Jan 2009 - Jun 2011
May 2009

91000 mi

US $780
Water leak, in trunk lid mounted brake light, which was never connected during mfg. according to repair shop. Air conditioning was also checked as source of leak and from below chassis as well with sprinkler. 
Ford Taurus in Washington, United States
Aug 2009 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

126000 mi

US $100
Water leaking into trunk during rain. Replaced trunk seal, seems to have stopped. 
May 2010

130000 mi

US $501
Alternator had to be replaced. 
Jul 2010

130000 mi

US $460
Replaced worn inner tie rods 

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2003 Ford Taurus Repair Histories

96 TrueDelta members own (or used to own) a 2003 Ford Taurus. 38 of these members (39.6%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 104 repairs to 2003 Ford Tauri--an average of 1.1 per vehicle--have been reported.

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