4th Generation (2000—2007) Taurus Problems

This generations ranks 89th out of 102 Ford generations in reliability and should be avoided if possible. Owners have the most complaints about the transmission (49%), engine (11%), and the suspension (9%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below, see them all on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failed 429 complaints at an average of 95,327 miles in the 2004 Ford Taurus.
  2. Broken Front Spring 48 complaints at an average of 91,814 miles in the 2002 Ford Taurus.
  3. Transmission Failure 275 complaints at an average of 90,737 miles in the 2006 Ford Taurus.

What Taurus Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 2003 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
2007 61 1 5 18.72
2006 71 3 10 13.52
2005 308 1 28 59.52
2004 165 2 52 42.87
2003 565 4 61 68.8
2002 219 4 93 27.02
2001 183 10 105 34.09
2000 164 8 179 27.63

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