Ford Taurus - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Ford Taurus owners have reported a total of 11,469 problems for their cars built in the 23 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Ford Taurus. The 2002 Ford Taurus cars have the most problems reported (1,462 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Ford Taurus

  Common problems of Ford Taurus

The following chart shows the 27 most common problems for Ford Taurus cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's suspension (2,439 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's vehicle speed control (1,523 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Ford Taurus

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Suspension
2,439
  Vehicle Speed Control
1,523
  Power Train
1,310
  Engine And Engine Cooling
1,190
  Electrical System
668
  Service Brakes
659
  Steering
564
  Air Bag
520
  Visibility
432
  Structure
382
   
  Equipment
299
  Exterior Lighting
280
  Other Fuel System
239
  Seat Belt
200
  Tire
193
  Gasoline Fuel System
173
  Unknown Or Other
110
  Seats
59
  Latches/locks/linkage
53
  Wheel
49
  Electronic Stability Control
46
  Interior Lighting
36
  Air Brake
20
  Child Seat
14
  Parking Brake
6
  Traction Control System
4
  Diesel Fuel System
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Ford Taurus of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Taurus model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Ford Taurus model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Taurus Model Years

Taurus
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 57,2081    
0.69
  2017 1433,0642    
0.21
  2016 1245,6613    
0.09
  2015 9777,7044    
0.31
  2014 11470,5575    
0.32
  2013 325106,2416    
0.51
  2012 6339,3377    
0.23
  2011 17076,9478    
0.28
  2010 20362,6969    
0.36
  2009 7525,11710    
0.30
  2008 37681,20711    
0.42
  2007 171114,74812    
0.12
  2006 377157,15113    
0.18
  2005 922201,97714    
0.33
  2004 444203,37515    
0.15
  2003 1,312334,65716    
0.25
  2002 1,462321,84317    
0.27
  2001 1,052352,99818    
0.17
  2000 1,214351,08319    
0.18

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Ford Taurus is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2018 Taurus
3
  2017 Taurus
2
  2016 Taurus
5
  2015 Taurus
5
  2014 Taurus
16
  2013 Taurus
25
  2012 Taurus
7
  2011 Taurus
31
  2010 Taurus
42
  2009 Taurus
23
  2008 Taurus
20
  2007 Taurus
8
  2006 Taurus
13
  2005 Taurus
23
  2004 Taurus
21
  2003 Taurus
37
  2002 Taurus
42
  2001 Taurus
54
  2000 Taurus
90
  1999 Taurus
72
  1998 Taurus
48
  1997 Taurus
34
  1996 Taurus
95


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