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2008 Ford Taurus Problems and Repair Histories

87 TrueDelta members own a 2008 Ford Taurus. 46 of these members (52.9%) have reported repairs for their car. A total of 146 repairs to 2008 Ford Tauri--an average of 1.7 per vehicle--have been reported.

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Don't infer 2008 Ford Taurus problem frequency from what you see on this page. Many lucky owners have had no repairs, and their cars are not shown.

Percentage of 2008 Ford Taurus repairs by problem area

16% of the 2008 Ford Taurus repairs were to the engine, 7% to the transmission, 12% to the brakes, 21% to the suspension, 32% to the electrical or air-conditioning systems, 8% to the body and trim, and 5% to other areas of the vehicle.

Chart based on 146 repairs.

2008 Ford Taurus repair cost distribution

Of the 2008 Ford Taurus repairs that were not covered by warranty and were not do-it-yourself repairs, 10% cost less than $100, 53% between $100 and $499, 22% between $500 and $999, and 14% between $1000 and $2499.

Chart based on 58 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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Repair costs are in local units.

2008 Ford Taurus

Engine not specified

Ford in Texas, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Dec 2007 1000    
2000 0 Paint chipping off around wheel well. 

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2008 Ford Taurus 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed automatic FWD

Ford Taurus in North Carolina, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2008 1000    
5000 0 Suspension noise during turns. Car has a TSB describing the problem. Lubricated suspension per TSB. Time will tell if problem reoccurs. Car will sometimes idle very rough. No codes, but sometimes enough to believe a miss occurred. So far only occurs in park. More prevelent when not cold nor hot. Shop could not reproduce, found no ECU updates. Shop wants to wait and see. 
19000 0 Rough idle in park only. (TSB in system this time. When they did not have TSB -- said could not duplicate). Reflash improved problem but still noticable. 
28000 0 Water pools in door during rain. Water falls on door opener when opened after rain. 
85700 1000 Power steering failed without warning in parking lot. Steering rack needed to be replaced. 
Ford Taurus in South Dakota, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Feb 2009 17000    
18000 0 Drivers door window was inop, Sun/Moon roof was inop, Mirror would not auto dim at night. Dealer replaced motor for drivers door window, and installed new mirror and new motor for sun/moon roof and then found that it was only a fuse for the mirror and sun/moon roof. The front struts were squeaking. Dealer tried to say they couldn't replicate but I showed them the TSB and they went ahead and lube the struts per the TSB. 
70700 18 Actuator (located behind the glove box) that controls Re-circulating inside air or allowing outside air to come in had broken teeth. Not allowing it to work correctly. 
Ford Taurus in California, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jan 2009 10000    
15000 100 Squeaks in front struts. Repaired under warranty/ recall notice with special lubricant, etc. 
58000 325 Electric seat heater for passenger front seat failed; was replaced 
68000 1000 Driver's seat heater quit working. Had to replace unit. Speedometer needle dropped down so speedo was reading 25 mph slow. 
Ford Taurus in Iowa, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Aug 2008    
0 TSB- Front struts lubed because of noises coming from the front end when hitting bumps. 
2000 0 Front struts would squeak when you went over a bump when turning or backing out of a driveway 
9000 0 Noticed while braking from high speeds, a rumble or noise coming from front brake area. Ford dealership confirmed and my front rotors were warped with only 9,080 miles on the car. Dealership replaced/turned rotors and problem fixed. 
11000 0 In dash digital display where the odometer and other read outs are went out and could hardly read what was displayed. Took into dealership, replaced with new display, good as new 
13000 0 Noticing clunking and squek sounds coming from right front suspension area when going over bumps. Dealerships confirmed problem, and replaced both struts and strut plates on both sides in the front. Problem fixed. 
17000 0 Rattling from front suspension area when going over large bumps in road. Dealer replaced struts and strut plates again and lubbed area where needed. 
Ford Taurus in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jun 2008 45000    
47000 744 CV joint on driver side worn out! 
63000 463 Replaced rear pads. While this might fall into the category of "wear parts," the front pads were 50%. So, we are watching these pads to make sure there are not any other issues contributing to this unusual wear.  
114000 6 High mount center brake light along with both license plate bulbs-- replaced bulbs. 
136000 6 Return of the front suspension "squeak". One can of silicone lubricant and I was on my way. I guess every 100K miles is not too bad. 
143000 309 Car was hard shifting under a moderate load at speeds between 40-60 mph. Was not consistent but was happening at least once a day. Was able to replicate for the dealer. Did transmission flush and computer update. 
151000 716 Shifting problems continue. Dealer believes that the transmission is beginning to fail. Has contacted Ford to discuss high mileage transmission issues.  Prior "transmission repair" did not correct shifting issue. Took mechanic on test drive to replicate the problem. Turns out problem was misfire due to two failing coil packs on cylinders one and three. Also replaced all six plugs.  
169000 1211 Front struts replaced Three coil packs replaced 
Ford Taurus in Michigan, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Mar 2008 0    
2000 0 TSB for creak/groan of front suspension. 

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2008 Ford Taurus 4dr Sedan

263-horsepower 3.5L V6 6-speed automatic AWD

Ford Taurus in Massachusetts, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Jul 2009 13000    
14000 2 driver side heat element built in seat needed to be replaced something wrong with steering wheel i need to hold steering wheel tight around turns or it will go off road. my arms are sore after my arrival. 
15000 1 Replaced the steering part ordered during the previous visit. 
19000 0 replace passenger heater seat element steering problem parts replaceed went to pick up at dealer started up car engine souding like diesel engine. left car at dealers went home 
20000 40 problem with steering when apply brakes at times car pulls quickly to right, alignment keeps going out, front tires seem to need high speed balance, ignition key just touch it, and drivers seat goes back and forth air conditioning compressor too loud driver door weather stripping deteriorated ( holes and cuts) Order parts will call when in. Called 2-3 weeks latter return to dealership parts were replaced 
24000 113 another alignment 5th one transmission banging noise at low speed hit brake car pulls to right lane problem with steering when apply brakes at times car pulls quickly to right, alignment keeps going out, front tires seem to need high speed balance, ignition key just touch it, and drivers seat goes back and forth sice 2008 my sync telephone will not allow me to terminate call by tapping steering whell button. only way to end call is to take eyes and hands off steering wheel and hit end call on nav screen. contary what fords states in ads , another alignment, dashboard under teck and speedometer moving away causing 1/2" gap dealer said nothing they can do.upgrade of 911 assist and health report. bang in transmission tsb already done however car pulss when apply brake  
26000 0 Told loud AC compressor not a problem. 
27200 0 In dealership one week finally after 4 times there they made me leave car overnight and found yellow light on showing air bag driver side warning light. Dash board where speed and odometer are years of complaining, collision center inform  
31000 0 started when car was delivered new 3 years and ford states nothing can be done. i cannot hire a lawyer. 
33000 0 left car 8;00am came back next day at 10;00am dealer and Ford said i need to take eyes and hands of steering wheel to end phone call. i am so P----. i purchased taurus for the sync safety driving. and they say that to me 
34000 100 trunk lid pumps needed replacement, very dangerous condition, trunk w/o these pumps made lid come down with tremendous force , hitting head, if your fingers were in there they would be cut off 
35700 858 due to shifting problem since purchased i decided to pay for new transmission fluid change. NOW it shifts much better no hanging up with revs when shifting. brought in for this problem on warranty. they found no problem. Ford is tough replaced new battery replaced brake pads 
Ford Taurus in Washington, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 0    
4000 0 One touch up/down stopped functioning after car was taken in for the 1st warranty item, replacement of the battery by the dealer which was determined to be defective. It was determined that the driver's window motor was faulty and the dealer replaced it. When I was changing the oil and filter at home noticed the threaded shaft that the filter screws onto was itself loose and partially unscrewed from the block. I took it in to have it secured to factory specs. 
14000 0 Paint peeling off nose of car. Dealer removed nose and repainted it. Transmission clunks under acceleration and provides little power to move the car. Followed TSB 07-21-11 for codes and replaced turbine shaft speed sensor and engine speed sensor. 
14300 0 Cars rolls back on incline. Dealer performed TSB 08-01-08, PCM recalibration, at my insistence. Slight improvement. 
15000 0 Paint began peeling again where plastic nose meets the netal fenders. Dealer said there was a TSB for this paint rubbing problem. 
24300 55 Immediate failure (seized)of power steering pump. Failure of pump contaminated steering gear. Both power steering pump, steering gear rack and v-belt were replaced. Front passenger seat heaters stopped working. Dealer diagnosis found both heaters in seat inoperable. Both elements replaced. 
25300 0 Battery failed and was replaced under waranty. This is battery #4. Excessive with only 25k on the car. 
30000 1757 Oil leak reported to dealer. Dealer found trans fluid leaking. Dealer replaced RH axle seal and needed to remove PTU assembly and replace inner seals. Also replaced PTU to transmission seal. Rear pads and rotors needed to be replaced. 

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2008 Ford Taurus 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Ford in Virginia, United States
Date Odometer
(in miles)
Cost Problem/Repair Description
Sep 2007 0    
3000 0 Rear brake lights to stay every now and then when the brake pedal was released. The dealer fixed by changing the sensor under the brake pedal. 

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