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2002 Ford Taurus repairs by problem area

Engine (32%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (6%)

Brakes and Traction Control (2%)

Suspension and Steering (34%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (15%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (2%)

Other (8%)

Chart based on 142 repairs.
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2002 Ford Taurus repair cost distribution

$2500+ (3%)

$1000 - $2499 (12%)

$500 - $999 (18%)

$100 - $499 (40%)

< $100 (28%)

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Chart based on 116 repair trips. The repair cost chart excludes repairs made under warranty, do-it-yourself repairs, and repair trips that include maintenance.

2002 Ford Taurus

Engine not specified

Ford Taurus in Rhode Island, United States
Apr 2011 - Jul 2011
Jun 2011

215000 mi

US $80
Tie rod replaced 
Ford Taurus in Alabama, United States
Feb 2015 - Feb 2015
Feb 2015

160000 mi
Ford Taurus in Ontario, Canada
May 2015 - May 2015
May 2015 severe undercarriage rust engine broke 

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2002 Ford Taurus 4dr Wagon

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Taurus in Massachusetts, United States
May 2011 - Sep 2012
Aug 2012

137000 mi

US $325
Upper radiator hose including the thermostat assembly failed and leaked coolant. 
Ford Taurus in Pennsylvania, United States
Dec 2010 - Mar 2017
Jan 2011

143000 mi

US $342
Rear vacuum manifold replaced and PCV 
Nov 2011

149000 mi

US $183
Part replaced coolant distribution and thermostat unit. Simply by age. 
Jul 2014

174300 mi

US $326
struts and coil springs 
Ford Taurus in Florida, United States
Aug 2014 - Oct 2014
Oct 2014

125000 mi

US $1050
Clutch on a/c compressor came loose. Replaced compressor with new factory unit and recharged a/c system. 

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2002 Ford Taurus 4dr Wagon

155-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Taurus in British Columbia, Canada
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011
Jan 2010

97960 mi

C $800
Heater Core 
Ford Taurus in Virginia, United States
Jun 2014 - Jun 2016
Jun 2015

88000 mi

US $500
The ignition was replaced. The interior fan motor was replaced. 
Jun 2016

95000 mi
Computer control module failed. I did not repair due to cost. I donated the car to a charity. 
Ford Taurus in Ontario, Canada
Dec 2011 - Apr 2012
Apr 2012

159960 mi
Clutch fan on Air Conditioner ceasing removed AC and replaced with by pass pulley 

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2002 Ford Taurus 4dr Sedan

200-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Taurus in Iowa, United States
Mar 2013 - Mar 2014
Feb 2014

108300 mi

US $904
Front Strut Spring Broke driver side. Both Rear strut springs also broken. Replaced all 4 struts, and replaced front brakes while at it, brakes were worn out. 
Ford Taurus in California, United States
Mar 2009 - Jun 2018
Jun 2017

92000 mi

US $100
Oil pan gasket replaced 
Ford Taurus in Indiana, United States
Apr 2012 - Jan 2016
May 2012

58700 mi
Replaced both rear suspension springs. One spring had broken. 
Dec 2013

78000 mi

US $711
Right front coil spring broke and hooked inside of front tire, tearing the entire sidewall and ruining the tire. Replaced both front coil springs and tires. 
Ford Taurus in North Carolina, United States
Jun 2010 - Jan 2014
Mar 2012

139000 mi

US $1900
dead transmission 
May 2013

151600 mi

US $400
Blown radiator 
Dec 2013

154000 mi

US $3000
starter. altermator, battery, power steering 
Jan 2014

148000 mi
Car junked. Bad ball joints! Began to all go bad. 
Ford Taurus in Michigan, United States
Feb 2012 - Sep 2014
Apr 2014

100200 mi
Worn out.New bearings installed 101,000 miles the tie rod was worn and needed to be replaced. 
Aug 2014

101900 mi

US $30
Just a AC recharge. 
Ford Taurus in Pennsylvania, United States
Mar 2009 - Jun 2011
May 2009

92000 mi

US $500
Car had low coolant light come on...added coolant. A day later the light came back, car was low on coolant. Took car to dealer for pressure test, Lower rad. hose assembly was bad. Decided to replace most of the hoses due to age/milage. 
Nov 2010

124000 mi

US $50
Noticed unusual, uneven wear of the right front tire...upon examination, the inner tie rod end was found to have play in it. Replaced the Right Front Inner Tie Rod end. 

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2002 Ford Taurus 4dr Sedan

155-horsepower 3.0L V6 4-speed automatic FWD

Ford Taurus in Washington, United States
Nov 2012 - Oct 2015
Jun 2014

98000 mi

US $1075
The timing chain cover gasket was leaking. Shop replaced the timing chain cover gasket, water pump, serpentine belt, oil pan gasket, oil, and coolant. 
Ford Taurus in Georgia, United States
Jul 2012 - Jul 2015
Mar 2015

115000 mi

US $300
Cleaned out heater core. 
Ford Taurus in Florida, United States
Sep 2013 - Apr 2015
Feb 2015

159000 mi

US $376
Water Pump Replacement; Radiator Flush and Coolant Added 
Apr 2015

159000 mi

US $651
Replacements involving front suspension and front ball bearing joints 
Ford Taurus in New York, United States
Jun 2015 - Jul 2018
Dec 2016

151000 mi

US $1256
Engine overheated. The water pump,timing cover gasket set and thermostat with gasket were replaced. 
Mar 2018

153642 mi

US $918
Oil leaking from valve cover gasket. That was replaced. Also, got an oil flush, new oil and filter and fuel injection service. 
Ford Taurus in Minnesota, United States
May 2013 - Sep 2014
Dec 2013

179000 mi

US $300
Replaced rusty heater tubes 
Feb 2014

180000 mi

US $125
Replaced thermostat Flushed rust out of cooling system 
Mar 2014

180000 mi

US $800
Replaced thermostat for the second time Replaced O2 sensor Replaced serpentine belt Replaced camshaft position sensor 
May 2014

180000 mi
Link pins replaced 
Ford Taurus in Illinois, United States
Feb 2017 - Jun 2017
May 2017

147000 mi

US $46
A oxygen sensor was acting up and throwing an engine light. It was a rear sensor. But when had it checked out it seemed to be working fine and they could not duplicate the code. 
Ford Taurus in Michigan, United States
Jul 2013 - Aug 2013
Aug 2013

115000 mi
Torque Converter Failed connecting cable started burning 
Ford Taurus in Ohio, United States
Jan 2012 - Sep 2016
Mar 2013

48000 mi

US $900
Broken rear spring--I have been told this is a common problem with this model and should probably be recalled. 
Jul 2013

48200 mi

US $700
New compressor, refrigerant leaked 
Mar 2014

50000 mi

US $220
replaced belt tensioner 
Ford Taurus in Texas, United States
May 2010 - Sep 2010
Aug 2010

108000 mi

US $60
cam shaft position sensor replaced, 2nd time in 3 years 
Ford Taurus in Minnesota, United States
Sep 2010 - May 2011
Jan 2011

131400 mi

US $160
The left front coil spring snapped and punctured the tire. Got a new strut assembly for $75 and had it installed for $45. New tire was $40. Total cost was $160. 
Mar 2011

137000 mi

US $25
The right tie rod end went bad in like march, got a replacement for like $25 and put it in myself. 
May 2011

137000 mi
Left front ABS sensor bad when sold. 
Ford Taurus in Ontario, Canada
Jan 2010 - Apr 2010
Apr 2010

96100 mi

C $400
Drivers side front spring broke and ruptured tire. This is the second time a front spring has broken. Both times it happened backing out of garage. No longer feel the car is safe to drive and is being donated to Teen Challenge. 
Ford Taurus in Ohio, United States
Apr 2008 - Mar 2010
Aug 2008

165000 mi

US $2100
AX4S Transaxle Overhaul 
May 2009

175000 mi

US $350
Alternator replacement, belt tensioner, idler pulley, serpentine belt 
Aug 2009

181000 mi

US $600
Lower ball joints worn Front strut/springs worn Front sway bar end links broken 
Ford Taurus in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2002 - Jun 2018
Aug 2002 delivery date 
Dec 2003

30814 mi
replace blower motor (again) due to windshield leak 
Mar 2004

36994 mi
replaced fuel pump 
Feb 2005

61938 mi
repair convertor seal leak 
Sep 2005

74513 mi

C $241
replace rear sway bar links 
Dec 2005

80611 mi

C $567
replace water pump 
Dec 2006

102350 mi

C $208
replace right tie rod, alignment 
Jun 2007

114159 mi

C $1140
repair transmission pump seal leak 
Jul 2007

115928 mi

C $1656
replace front/rear struts, alignment 
Sep 2007

118079 mi

C $351
replace left tie rod 
Dec 2007

123988 mi

C $465
replace crank sensor 
Apr 2008

128196 mi
replaced ignition coil 
Aug 2008

131812 mi

C $625
replace A/C compressor 
Jan 2009

137330 mi

C $368
replace starter motor 
Mar 2009

139500 mi

C $822
replace upper intake manifold, thermostat (casting flaw in manifold caused a pinhole leak) 
Aug 2009

152520 mi

C $65
left front wheel out of camber alignment causing tire wear, alignment fixed problem 
May 2010

163680 mi

C $300
replace left & right front stabilizer bar end links replace left & right front stabilizer bar end links 
Apr 2011

175460 mi

C $600
replaced water pump (bearings failing), replaced accessory belt and pulleys at the same time 
Jun 2011

178560 mi

C $1109
replaced left and right lower control arms and ball joints 
Sep 2011

182900 mi
Failure of ball joints. Shop blamed poor installation by third party. Repaired again under warranty 
Dec 2011

187240 mi

C $300
replaced alternator - hadn't completely failed, but was close. 
Jun 2012

195920 mi

C $562
replaced rear struts 
Jul 2012

197160 mi

C $75
replaced leaking heater core 
Oct 2012

199820 mi

C $75
Replaced belt tensioner and accessory belt replaced camshaft synchronizer assembly 
Jan 2013

204580 mi

C $304
replaced front struts 
Jul 2013

215140 mi
Starter motor failed Battery cell died - could not reliably hold charge 
Nov 2013

222580 mi

C $216
replace ball joint (RH) 
Dec 2013

224440 mi

C $216
replaced ball joint (LH) 
May 2014

232500 mi
Starter motor failed 
Dec 2014

247380 mi

C $25
Alternator failed, replaced Idle speed was high (failing to slow down to normal 750 RPMS when stopped). Diagnosed Idle Air Control valve as the likely problem. Cleaned IAC and throttle body, problem persisted. Replaced IAC to solve problem. 
Dec 2015

267840 mi

C $65
water pump bearings failed 
Ford Taurus in Ontario, Canada
Mar 2009 - Sep 2012
Feb 2011

74880 mi

C $475
new gas tank (rusted out), $300. Washer fluid tank replaced, $100. Heater core back flush (no heat, clogged), $75. 
Jun 2011

77500 mi

C $450
New camshaft timer? Car was dying and jerking (known issue) new belt and new (not sure of name but part that the plug wires connect to) box, was cracked. New washer fluid lines to hood. All done at friend's shop for cost. 
Ford Taurus in Ontario, Canada
Nov 2011 - Dec 2011
Dec 2011

127720 mi

C $900
Replacing inner and end tie rods on both side. Replacing inner and end tie rods on both side. 
Ford Taurus in Missouri, United States
Nov 2010 - Dec 2014
Dec 2010

121000 mi

US $189
was tsb was unable toepair because it was on a saturday si i bought parts and will fix later myself 
Mar 2011

123000 mi

US $6230
Oil pan gasket leak  transmission gasket leak  dash lights replaced. 
Apr 2012

135000 mi

US $43500
lower ball joints and four wheel alignment 
Aug 2013

156700 mi

US $600
oil pan leaking 
Ford Taurus in Michigan, United States
Oct 2011 - Apr 2013
Nov 2011

222000 mi

US $230
Starter died and needed a tow and replace starter. 
Apr 2013

251000 mi

US $1400
Struts, rack and pinion, sway bars, and lower ball joints replaced. 
Ford Taurus in Texas, United States
Mar 2009 - Jul 2018
Sep 2009

77000 mi

US $1290
Replaced cv boot. Oil pan gasket replaced to stop leak. Lower ball joints 
Dec 2009

80000 mi

US $500
Cam sensor & synronizer replaced. 
Jan 2010

82000 mi

US $280
Both inner tie rods replaced, and car aligned after replacement. I included the cost of the alignment because the car was aligned in September after the ball joints were replaced. 
Apr 2011

89000 mi

US $370
Front anti-sway bar replaced Leak on top of transmission. Would have drained transmission on a long trip. Discovered during routine fluid flush & replacement. 
Oct 2011

91000 mi
Oil leak. I thought it was the oil pan gasket. After investigating, the shop found that the drain plug was not installed tightly enough the last time the car had an oil change, and the resulting oil leak sprayed upward. 
Feb 2012

93000 mi

US $1160
Water pump replaced due to leak Timing chain cover gasket replaced. 
Mar 2012

93000 mi

US $194
dpfe sensor replaced 
Apr 2013

99000 mi

US $1618
Clutch bad; replaced compressor Motor mounts 
Oct 2013

105500 mi

US $487
EGR valve assembly, EGR sensor, & vacuum valve assembly were replaced 
Sep 2014

112000 mi

US $21
Broken windshield washer hose. 
Feb 2017

118000 mi

US $1345
replaced lower ball joints Engine mounts 
Jul 2018

122000 mi

US $450
Brakes shuddered whenever used 
Ford Taurus in New York, United States
Sep 2011 - Jun 2012
Jun 2012

247000 mi

US $800
I'm having major issues with the front end suspension it keeps eating the tires every 2 weeks 
Ford Taurus in South Carolina, United States
Dec 2005 - Jul 2011
May 2005

40000 mi

US $160
Fuel pump went bad, gas leaked all over highway, causing local fire dept. to be called. Towed and repaired in small town, I was 300 miles from home 
Oct 2010

94000 mi

US $280
power steering pump leaking: replaced pump During this trip: mechanic broke A/C line and didn't notify shop owner, I noticed A/C not working when I left shop, repaired immediately: 2/4/2011: still not cooling properly 
Nov 2010

98000 mi

US $218
Replaced alternator(went bad), timing belt(as long as I had alternator off), and bad alternator 'pulley'  Engine started to misfire, did "check engine light" diagnosis, found back ignition coil, replaced coil 
Mar 2011

104000 mi
In Oct.2010, mechanic broke A/C line during power steering pump install. Didn't tell me until I drove off, A/C didn't work. Came back he fixed. March 2011, A/C didn't work. told 1/2 lb low on freon. 
Apr 2011

105000 mi

US $683
Worked fine 2 weeks, didn't work. told seal. 
Ford Taurus in Pennsylvania, United States
Aug 2010 - May 2014
May 2010

63350 mi

US $632
Both sides--lower ball joints. Both rear springs replaced. Front end alignment. 
Mar 2012

83000 mi

US $225
Replaced Right side front wheel bearing. Also replaced left side front wheel bearing. Replaced right and left sway bar link due to clunking front end noise when going over bumps. Also replace right side lower ball joint. 
Aug 2012

84000 mi

US $300
Sticking rear drum brakes. Replaced wheel cylinders and rear drum hardware. 
Jan 2013

85000 mi

US $160
Coil Spring broke and punctured tire. A common problem on 01-02 Tauruses. Ford just leaves the car owner out to dry. Coil Spring broke and punctured tire. A common problem on 01-02'taurus's. Ford just leaves the car owner out to dry. 
May 2013

85600 mi

US $180
Replaced both tranny oil cooler lines. 
Sep 2013

87000 mi

US $205
Replaced alternator 
May 2014

88000 mi
Rocker panels and frame were deteriorating from too many years in the northeast. 

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2002 Ford Taurus 4dr Sedan

Ford Taurus in Alabama, United States
May 2018 - Jun 2018
Mar 2018

144000 mi

US $200
Vacuum hose had broken and was not keeping a good vacuum power, causing A/C blower to stick in windshield position. 

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2002 Ford Taurus 4-door

6-cylinder automatic 2WD

Ford Taurus in North Carolina, United States
Jan 2014 - Jan 2014
Jan 2014

126000 mi

US $251
It had a vacuum leak and the drivebelt was replaced and two tires that had been slashed(not a repair) but tells why repair bill was so high. (Reduced bill by $200 to remove approx. cost of tires.) 

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