Automatic Transmission problems of the 2003 Ford Taurus - part 1

56 problems related to automatic transmission have been reported for the 2003 Ford Taurus. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2003 Ford Taurus based on all problems reported for the 2003 Taurus.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 1
Failure Date: 03/31/2012

I am disabled and my son and I had the same type of car a 2003 Ford Taurus. About a year ago my sons car just suddenly had its transmission stop working he said there was no signs before it happened, but I thought he was just not paying attention. Well today 03/31/12 my 2003 Taurus did the exact same thing and there was no warning it just was like it was kicked out of gear. I depend on my car because of my physical condition. However being left stranded at the side of the road without any help was a big problem.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 2
Failure Date: 01/31/2012

The transmission just stopped working with no prior indications of any problems. I have been told that it was the torque linkage that needs to be replaced. When I looked this up I line I saw many people who have had the same problem.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 3
Failure Date: 08/26/2011

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated after coming to a complete stop and preparing to move the vehicle, the rpms increased and the vehicle did not move. The vehicle was towed to her residence and will be towed to a mechanic shop. The dealer stated the repair cost was $3000 to replace the transmission. The manufacturer was contacted and stated no recalls were issued for the failure, and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 75,000.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 4
Failure Date: 08/26/2011

2003 Ford Taurus ses, automatic-transmission. Was driving the car and had just made a right hand turn. The engine started to over-rev and there was no power being trnasmitted to the wheels. The engine runs fine but no matter what gear is selected from reverse to drive there is no power being transmitted to the wheels. This is a safety risk as had this happend while at highway speed or crossing an intersection could easliy have resulted in serious injuires or death. There are numerous complaints of this problem with Ford taking no responsibility.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 5
Failure Date: 08/25/2011

Drove home from work. . . No problems. . . Went out on 8/25/2011. . Stopped at a red light. . . Everything was fine. . . Went about 50 feet. . . Transmission dis-engaged and coasted to the side of the road. . . Got towed home . Transmission shifts fine but wont engage .

car   Automatic Transmission problem 6
Failure Date: 08/04/2011

I was driving my 2003 Ford Taurus ses to work on 8/4/11 and without warning the car stopped going! my car currently has +/- 126,000 miles on it. It still was running, just none of the gears worked. I was lucky that I go to work at 7:00am and traffic was very light! I was also lucky to coast to a nearby parking lot out of the flow of traffic. This all happened without warning and the car hadf been running fine leading up to this! I have researched online and found many others with the same issue, hopefully Ford will do something about it! I will at least call the local Ford dealership to get their opinion, but will probably take it somewhere else as I am pretty sure the price will be better! it sounds like Ford needs to step up to the plate and make this right!.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 7
Failure Date: 07/27/2011

While driving on a city street the transmission of the car went out without any warnings. The car was recently serviced and only had 65'k miles. After some searching this seems like a very common problem even at low miles.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 8
Failure Date: 07/21/2011

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving 65 mph the vehicle stalled and the contact was able to shift the vehicle into neutral then back to drive gear. The vehicle stalled; however, the contact was able to drive onto the emergency lane. After the vehicle cooled down, the contact attempted to restart the vehicle and it failed to start. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic who informed the contact that the transmission needed to be replaced. The manufacturer advised the contact that there were no related recalls. The contact stated the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The failure mileage was 62,000.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 9
Failure Date: 07/09/2011

2003 Fordtaurus ses 3. 0l v6 55000 miles, setting traffic light, light turned green went 50ft. Transmission dis-engaged could not get it to re-engage (no r or d) had car towed to transmission shop. Writing this complaint due to the large number of people who have had the same problem. Ford should do a recall for the number complaints for this problem.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 10
Failure Date: 06/21/2011

As I was driving down a busy freeway heading to work at 70 mph my car just stopped accelerating. . . It scared me so bad I almost sideswiped a car next to me just in reaction to get off the road because there was a semi behind me. My cruise had tried to keep up with the 70 mph I set it at but it couldnt so the rpms went sky high and my gas pedal went straight to the floor. It left me stranded on the side of a busy freeway while speeding cars were flying by me, so I also could have gotten sideswiped there, ive seen it many times on tv with parked cars on the side of a freeway. Im not going to have a car for a long time until the transmission is fixed. And how im going to get the money for it I have no clue. I cant get to work I dont make money to get it fixed. Ford should recall because its happened to so many people and its not our fault, its theirs for building a faulty car. My car barely has 87,000 miles on it, a cars transmission should not go out at 87,000 miles. My old car had 180,000 miles and never had an issue like that. I may be going to a new car company next car if Ford doesnt fix this issue. Im lucky I had quick reaction time and I knew how to handle the car or I would be done for, this is absolutely a safety issue and Ford wont admit that.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 11
Failure Date: 06/11/2011

Transmission quit while driving.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 12
Failure Date: 05/11/2011

I was driving down i24 with my daughter in the car during rush hour traffic. Out of the blue the transmission went out. I had to coast across 4 lanes of traffic to get to the emergency lane. I was stranded on the side of the interstate with my child for 2 1/2 hrs waiting on a tow truck. I have never been so scared of having an accident. Why is Ford waiting on someone to die before they fix this problem????? this will be the last vehicle that I purchase from Ford!!!! I will be going with a forgein made car from now on.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 13
Failure Date: 05/05/2011

Driving down the road and transmission went out. It does not change or shift gears. Has not been reapired yet, transmission needs to be replaced.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 14
Failure Date: 04/08/2011

I was driving home from work, everything worked fine until I slowed down for a turn, and when I triedto accelerate again. . . It wouldn't. The car is at around 83,000 miles, and besides this issue the car is in amazing shape.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 15
Failure Date: 03/13/2011

I have a 2003 Ford Taurus ses with 67000 miles on it. The transmission just stopped. Park and neutral only. Fortunately I was not in traffic when it happened. Over the last year a couple minor slips, but this time total failure. Having it towed to a dealer Monday.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 16
Failure Date: 02/11/2011

I own a 2003 Ford Taurus and was driving on a normal commute, while driving in the right lane the transmission just quit. I then had to coast through rush hour traffic accross 4 lanes and sit in the emergency lane for an hour for rescue. There was no warning no signs just quit while driving. I have never been so afraid of being in an accedent as that day. This is a serious concern that I have learned Ford is aware of and has done nothing to fix or attempted a recall on the transmission components that fail. It cost nearly $2000 to repair, on a car that only has a blue book value of $3500 clearly this is a terrible waist just to get the car moving again. It is unfortunate that a large company like Ford can allow such problems to occur in there cars, at least companies like Toyota fix the problems they find.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 17
Failure Date: 01/10/2011

2003 Ford Taurus transmission went out with no warning on busy street, was like it was in neutral. Was able to coast to almost off of roadway. Two people came to aid and pushed the car completely out of roadway. Car has just 62,000 miles.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 18
Failure Date: 12/19/2010

My husband and I along with our 2 yr old were driving home one evening and stopped at stopped sign and my husband hit the gas to go and it took off slowly, than just wouldn't go we had to coast off to the side of the road with traffic around us. No warning light or anything the transmission just went out. The car wont go forward or reverse, it shifts but wont move. We need the transmission rebuilt, we got an estimate of 2100. I lost my job, im pregnant with my 2nd child and we just purchased the 2003 Ford Taurus about 10 months ago. We don't have the money to be repairing a car we just got.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 19
Failure Date: 12/03/2010

I was stuck in the middle of an intersection. I just broke my neck about 2 years ago so it was hard for me alone to push the card to safe area. The transmission on my 2003 Ford Taurus without any warning signs would not go further like it was in neutral. I tried putting it into drive, reverse and the only thing that would happen is the motor would rev up like it was in park. I understand that this is a common problem with this model Ford. Ford needs to recall this model or at least pay to fix all these transmission problems I am reading about. The amount that it cost to fix the transmission is the same amount the car is worth if that. What can we do to get Ford involved with this problem and stand behind their product. This really leaves a bad taste in my mouth about Ford. One unhappy customer tells the whole world 100 happy customers barley get the word out about a company, but I believe if Ford would do a recall on these 2003 Taurus transmissions everybody would change their mind about how Ford does not stand behind their product. All these transmission compliant sound the same. So it must be the product not the driver.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 20
Failure Date: 11/30/2010

Transmission just died like this website states. .

car   Automatic Transmission problem 21
Failure Date: 11/18/2010

I have a complaint about my 2003 Ford Taurus ses. My wife was driving my car yesterday getting ready to pull onto a heavily traveled highway when the transmission suddenly went out without any warning or previous indication. This car only has 72,210 miles on it and from what I've discovered on other complaint websites this seems to be a very common thing especially with the 2003 years. This really concerns me being a loyal Ford customer that nothing has been done to resolve this. It has clearly been exposed as an issue with Ford and they are taking no responsibility?!? the worst part of this issue is that not only did my wife, and five month old child stall out half on, half off of the highway, but a loaded rock truck almost took her and an oncoming vehicle out in the process of trying to avoid an almost certain incident. Thank god my family is safe and no harm was done, but something has to be done about Ford's ignorance of quality and more importantly safety!.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 22
Failure Date: 11/15/2010

While exiting highway auto lost power to drive axles. Had to push car 1/4 mile to parking lot,walk 5 miles home,arrange tow and get auto checked out. Talked to 5 different mechanics and all agreed that it was transmission. Cost to repair or replace transmission 900-1500 dollars depending on problem. Will know more latter but costs keep rising. This is bs as Ford knows about this problem. I know this is true as I know several Ford mechanics.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 23
Failure Date: 11/05/2010

Traveling in a busy area, driver attempted to pull out at a traffic light and the transmission lost all drive. All of a sudden, with no warning, the car would not go into any drive gear or reverse. The car had to be towed to a mechanic who looked to see if the filter had fallen causing no fluid to get to the pump. No such luck. Appears the pump or pump shaft has failed. A friend of his that does transmission work for Ford admitted to this being an issue. It is a shame we have not heard anything from Ford about this. I am so grateful that my wife, who normally drives the car, was not stuck in heavy traffic with no way to get off the road.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 24
Failure Date: 10/29/2010

Parked car overnight, started next morning- car would not move. Park worked, all other gears acted as if in neutral.

car   Automatic Transmission problem 25
Failure Date: 10/25/2010

I was on highway 89s coming off of the ramp when I hit the stop sign at the end of the ramp the Ford Taurus just stopped. I noticed that it was revving up a lot on the highway then nothing. It is now sitting in the driveway after being towed from clinton st.

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