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Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems of the 2000 Ford Taurus

Ten problems related to automatic transmission torque converter have been reported for the 2000 Ford Taurus.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 1
Failure Date: 02/14/2012

For no apparent reason, the car was driving fine one moment and then there was no drive in any gear. Total cost for towing and repair was $3086. Transmission shop said reason for failure was failed torque converter. Transmission was rebuilt due to overheating. Transmission cooler was full of torque converter clutch material. I have found 113 incidents of dangerous torque converter failure related complaints in this national highway transportation safety administration (nhsta) database from 1994 through 2005. . Read more...

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 2
Failure Date: 10/04/2006

Traveling at 70 mph on the interstate, the car just stopped accelerating when pushing the gas pedal. The transmission had simply shut down. The transmission had given us no problems before this time. We brought it to a transmission shop, the torque converter had to be replaced. The cost was $1100. The owner of the shop says he gets in 2 Taurus' a month with the torque converter stripped out. He replaced it with a higher quality torque converter. We contacted Ford, and explained that the car only had 56, 000 miles on it and that a transmission should not fail after only 56,000 miles when it has been maintained and taken care of. Ford refused to help in any way at all. They were not concerned that we were left stranded on the side of the interstate after dark, with no warning that anything was wrong. They did not care that our safety had been compromised because of a defective product that Ford made.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 3
Failure Date: 04/18/2004

I was driving my 2000 Ford Taurus se home. At the intersection of columbia and meridian roads south of meridian, idaho I pulled out from columbia and turned north onto a busy meridian road. I heard a clunk and I thought the car had popped out of gear. I coasted to the side of the road and found the car would not go in any gear except reverse. I felt fortunate that I was not rear ended because of the amount of traffic that day. I had the Taurus towed to aamco transmission. Their diagnosis was transmission failure and I had them repair the transmission which included a rebuilt torque converter, new bands, sprag clutch/low clutch, rear sun gear & drum, boost valve, pressure control solenoid, assembly set, filter and fluids. The milage at the time of the failure was 61,841 and the bill came to $2,162. 90 less $100 because I had a coupon. My car has the axod type transmission. Ford has a 36,000 mile warranty so this was not covered however I think this was much to soon for a transmission to fail. I had the transmission serviced before the recommended specifications. Thank you, jon.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 4
Failure Date: 10/27/2003

My 2000 Ford Taurus was out of warranty (53,000 miles) when the transmission and torque converter had to be replaced. I wrote to william clay Ford, jr. Office and was told in a nice way "too bad so sad" it's out of warranty. And people wonder why its so difficult to stay loyal to american products? the foreign vehicles are warranted 5-10 years, we must know ours are only good for 3 years and only warranty them for 3 years. I had hoped to get at least 1/2 of my $2,000 bill reimbursed. No chance of that. Between what I owe and just put into the car, I'm in a no win situation. In one year this new transmission will be out of warranty. Do I dare keep the junker Ford?.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 5
Failure Date: 09/27/2003

Purchased a 2000 Ford Taurus in 2001 with 22,479 miles, now has approximately 43,000 miles. On sept. 27th, when wife of the I was backing up out of a parking space the steering wheel began to vibrate and stopped backing up. It took about three attempts for the car to reverse successfully. I took the car to the dealer and concluded that the damage was caused by the o-ring seal when inspected; in addition, the dealer found damage on rear piston, torque converter, and four other parts of the vehicle. I am seeking reimbursement from Ford motor company for the replacement and/or repairs of the damaged components of the vehicle.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 6
Failure Date: 10/25/2002

My 2000 Taurus required a major repair before it was 2 yrs. Old. The trans. Had to be overhauled. The torque converter could not stand the heat per the repair person. Ford CO. Was contacted but refused to reimburse me for $1,985. Their reason was because I did not choose to have the work done at a Ford shop. The Ford quote was $1,000 higher than a non-Ford shop. Since when should a customer be punished for mitigating damages? I did have a Ford shop analyze the problem initially, but at that time had no assurance that Ford would reimburse me, so why should I sign up to pay Ford's high repair costs? the aluminum parts being used in the trans. Can't stand heat and therefore fail. Ford needs to admit poor quality and recall them. ***dimsii ivoq entry posted after 12/12/02 cut-over to artemis****770821***.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 7
Failure Date: 10/24/2002

Transaxle warning light came on so I took the car to local Ford service. They said the torque converter was "locked up and wouldn't turn" (even though I was able to drive the car in just fine!). They said the transmission had to be rebuilt. I got their estimate along with estimates from 2 other auto repair shops in town. I choose a transmission shop and had the car towed there. Their estimate was $1000 less than Ford service. The new mechanic said the problem is due to poor design using aluminum parts that can't take the heat. Ford refuses to reimburse me claiming the denial is due to my having the repair done by an independent trans. Shop and not at Ford service which would have cost me $1000 more. I'm denied reimbursement because I mitigated the damages. What ever happened to fairness and common sense?.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 8
Failure Date: 07/09/2002

Torque converter failed after taking to dealership for 60000 miles maintenance then extended warranty wouldnt cover claim written by middlekauff Ford. Middlekauff Ford didnt want to have nothing to do with me. Easycare didnt want to have nothing to do with me. Ennis Ford. . . Where I took the car in for the 60k maint. Denies doing anything. . This cost me $1400. 00 out of my pocket.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 9
Failure Date: 04/06/2001

The transmission light illuminated on the dashboard and then the torque converter clutch would not engage.

car   Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem 10

Transmission and torque converter had to be replaced at 53k miles.