Ford Taurus owners have reported 73 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford Taurus based on all problems reported for the Taurus.
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Taurus. While driving approximately 68 mph, the air bag warning indicator illuminated continuously. The contact restarted the vehicle and the engine warning indicator illuminated and the driver side headlamp failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the line leading to the fuel pump needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failures. The approximate failure mileage was 87,999.
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The headlights are designed such that you cannot see corners when making turns. I believe this is incredibly dangerous. When driving on dark roads, you truly cannot see what you are turning into until you make the turn. This was discussed with the dealer and it appears the dealer and Ford are aware of the issue and have redesign headlights for some of the vehicles that have this issue. However, it is my understanding that they have no intentions of correct this on cars already on the road.
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Driving 6am today both my headlights turned off while driving. They turned back on 5 second later but that is the second time it has happened within the last 30 days. Also dashboard lights turned off and on random times for the last year even this morning but different time then headlight issue.
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So now when I try to reverse my car doesn't move and if I hit the gas the engine just rams up and makes a loud noise. I have got stuck so many times to the point where I can't move. . . Also my headlights and high beams look the same there is no difference and you don't even know when the high beams are on the light in the car doesn't come on. . My a/c a and heater only works on high. I can't get on the freeway the gages go up to 4 and go down when I'm going 65. When im on the regular street they still go up hight and I can be going less than 45.
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Tl-the contact owns a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving at 45 mph, with no notification, the headlights failed. The contact pulled over and turned the headlights off and turned them back on and they illuminated. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 60,000. Ed.
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This is an on going issues the design of the halogen headlight lamp system on this car does not give out enough light. My lights only focus in one spot with light and everything else is dark. If aimed correctly I only have light maybe 15 feet in front of the car and I cannot see the road directly in front of the car. When it rains I am blind driving by other cars lights. I have taken this to Ford twice now and the keep readjusting the lights to throw the light out in front of the car leaving me not able to see the road in front of the car. Ford has also told me nothing is wrong with the lighting.
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The contact owns a 1999 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the headlights were dim and the visibility was impaired every time they were turned on. The vehicle was taken to the dealer, where it was diagnosed that the headlights needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The contact was made aware of NHTSA campaign number: 09e012000 (exterior lightning) however, the VIN was not included. The failure mileage was unknown.
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The headlights are very limited during night driving. There is a very defined line between projected light and surrounding darkness. When traveling up or down even the slightest slope, the lights point down into the road directly ahead, giving no view or reaction time of possible obstacles, people, animals or stalled/parked cars. There is no peripheral lighting towards the front quarter so when a turn onto an intersecting roadway or driveway is necessary, it is completely dark and any objects, people or animals cannot be seen. This is the most dangerous night-driving I have ever done in any auto/truck.
The contact owns a 2014 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the headlights failed to illuminate properly in the dark and in the rain without warning. The vehicle was taken to the local dealer (mcgrath Ford, 4001 1st Ave se, cedar rapids, IA, 52402), but they were unable to diagnose the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and provided case number: 13344376. The manufacturer stated that there was no recall, and recommended the contact to take the vehicle to another dealer for a second opinion. The failure mileage was unknown.
The headlights have a very definite line between the lit and unlit area of the roadway and surrounding areas. This makes for a very dangerous situation where in my and other posters opinions creates a very dangerous situation whenever driving at night.
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Headlight system is poor on low beam. There is a horizontal line making definite division in visibility that extends across the complete horizontal line of vision. Going to high beams stops eliminates it. I nearly had an accident as I cannot see well on low beams. The same thing is reported by many owners of this vehicle. I stopped at the dealer, we looked at it, tried the lights and also tried to adjust them but the low beams just do not have a light pattern that allows the driver to see at a safe distance in front of the car at night. This low beam headlight system just plain stinks for a car that had a msrp of $35k.
The contact owns a 1993 Ford Taurus. The contact stated while driving 70 mph, the headlights turned off sporadically. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and did not offer any assistance since the vehicle had surpassed the statue of limitations. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 77,000.
The plastic head light covers on all newer model cars have excessive corrosion which creates a major hazard because the corrosion dims the lights by at least 50%. I have tried a number of the polishes that are supposed to remove the corrosion but nothing seems to help. I am at a loss to understand why the vehicle safety people have not made the manufactures fix this problem. Why do you allow the automobile manufactures to continue to use this type head light cover when it is common knowledge these headlight covers pose a great danger to the public?.
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03/24/2012. 1st failure mileage approx. 1,450: driving on I-95s at approx. 70 mph, raining condition, wipers in use, headlights on. Suddenly the instrument panel lights went dark, wipers stopped in the middle of windshield, engine cut off. Was able to steer car from middle lane to road side and braked. Put car in park, lights still out, engine would not start. In less a minute, on the middle instrument gauge a green lighted message displayed: "power accessories. . . " for a very short time. Then car restarted. Ford services could not find any problem or error code. 08/04/2012. 2nd failure mileage approx. 5,360: nice hot day of summer. After stopping at a travel center parking lot, drove about 25 yards in the parking lot at approx. 10 mph, the instrument panel lights went out and the engine cut off. Car would not start in "neutral" but started in "park" position right away. Ford services could not find any problem or error code. In both incidents, the passenger was accessing the "multi-media console" for radio station or gps.
2012 Taurus the headlights on the 2012 Taurus have a very sharp short cutoff that limits visibility greatly. This can only be experienced on a highway or back road where there is no back lights or other vehicles present. The cutoff projects a black line that floats up and down on the windshield that is hypnotic. If there was a bike or person walking ahead on the shoulder you would never see them in time. This problem is caused by an eyelid that drops down over the bulb when in the dim mode. When using the brights, the lights are fine. Because of oncoming traffic you cannot always use your bright setting. This problem is especially bad in the following situations: downhill; on curves; in deer country; this makes driving the arkansas mountains extremely dangerous at night.
The contact owns a 2012 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the headlights were not bright enough while driving at night. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The dealer stated there was nothing they could adjust to brighten the headlights. The contact called the manufacturer and filed a complaint. The failure mileage was 7,800. . . . . Updated 03-28-13 the consumer stated the headlights have a very sharp short cut off that limits visibility greatly. The cut off projects a black line that floats up and down on the windshield that is hypnotic. The failure is with the dim lights. Updated 04/18/2013.
Headlight system is poor on low beam. There is a horizontal line making definite division in visibility that extends across the complete horizontal line of vision. Going to high beams stops this. I nearly had an accident as I cannot see well on low beams, upper gazing area. The same thing is reported by many owners. I stopped at the dealer, we looked at it, tried the lights and I find there is what appears a door to shield some of the upper area of the light bulb so that it is darker at the top. I assume it is to not blind oncoming drivers while on low beams. My wife constantly complains of this too, that she flat cannot see on low beams. In reality, if you were driving along the road and a deer was on the road with its head up looking at you, there would be no "deer in the headlights look" that you could see. This low beam headlight system just plain rots.
The headlights do not produce a complete and full light field in front of the vehicle. There are several distinct "finger shadows" present throughout the entire light field, resulting in very poor night vision. This is compounded by the very distinct upper horizontal "cut-off" of the projected light beam. The visibility problem is even worse during rainy nights. Local Ford dealer replaced entire headlight assemblies under warranty, problem still persists.
Rented a 2011 Ford Taurus in maui; driving back from hana after dark, we couldn't see the right side of the road because of the headlights, which appeared to be severely out of adjustment --- they aimed left. The road is narrow, so we slowed to 25mph, +/-; we hit the end of a broken curb, destroying the right front tire. The rental company is hitting us $800 for a $400 factory mag wheel, plus a new tire. We could have quite easily gone over the edge into the ocean, considering we couldn't see the edge of the road; somebody driving a 2011 Taurus southbound on California highway 1 after dark would be putting their life in jeopardy.
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2003 Ford Taurus. Consumer writes in regards to a road hazard concerning plastic lens the consumer stated the plastic headlight lenses turn yellow, not allowing light to be radiated through them.
The contact owns a 2011 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, the headlights failed. The contact had to turn on the high beam headlights in order to regain visibility. The failure recurred on an intermittent basis. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, but the failure was not diagnosed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The contact also stated that the vehicle would intermittently experience a failure in which it surged forward momentarily. Updated 04/16/12 the consumer also stated the vehicle would hesitate when acceleration from a standstill or at a very low speed. Updated 05/07/12.
On the above date the transaxle in this car quit working. The torque converter broke a gear. It is my understanding this is prevalent in the 2003 Ford Taurus and the 2003 windstar vans. Ford recalled the windstars but not the Taurus'. I had it ,the transaxle,rebuilt and put only 3000 to 3200 miles from the date of this repair. About 5 weeks ago the same thing happened. It is my understanding this is a prevalent problem with these vehicles. Now in regards to the lighting, the manufacturers should take the responsibility of replacing those damned "yellowed" out headlight lense on just about 99% of the cars that have them. This should be a major recall due to the hazard they can cause while driving at night. We the american people cannot afford the cost to replace this dangerous unsafe features on almost all vehicles produced by all auto manufacturers since the 90's.
On the date above and then again on Feb,2015 the transaxle quit working, it would not go anywhere. Had it rollbacked to my house both times at a cost of $50 per tow. The cost to repair and or replace the transaxle was :2011: $1,400; 2015: $1,700. The car at the 2nd. Rework/exchange (the trans shop replaced rather than rebuild mine) had only 125,000 miles. It is my understanding the transaxles in these generation Ford Tauruses were prone to transaxle failure, as were the Ford windstars as both vehicles used the same transaxle. Upon studying up on these problems it seems Ford motor CO. Recalled the windstar and called it a bad torque converter causing the problems. Why did they not recall the Tauruses also, answer: amount of vehicles produced of each model and their feet were not "held to the fire" by ya'll and our gov. . Now to get to the lighting problem: the most safety hazardous item which has been installed on vehicles in the last 15-20 years is those damned "plastic lensed headlights" that within 3 years will "fog over" to the extent they do not produce enough light to be usefull at night. Oh they say you can clean them, of which I have tried on my Taurus, to not much avail. I believe the auto manufacturers should be ordered thru a recall from you to replace them at no cost to us owners. If you will check, you will see a replacement of those "wunderfull" invention , known as bullcrap, lens will set an owner of the vehicles around $500 to $700 per pair installed. And must be adjusted by a dealers only equipment. I my self do not believe in todays world 125,000 - 129,000 miles is a lot. If the truth were known the "yellowed out" headlights have been the cause of a lot of nite time accidents. Do your job and go after them and make them replace with new transaxles and torque converters and at the same time make them replace the yellowed out headlight lenses.
I bought a new 2011 Ford Taurus in March. The first time I drove it after dark I wondered what was worng with the headlights. Visability is very very poor,high beam or low. The lights just don't project down the road. My wife drives it mostly. I hope she doesn't kill herself before I can resolve the issue.
Headlights do not shine far enough ahead to be able to see anything that's over 200 feet ahead. Only way you can see farther is to use the bright lights all the time. You cant see curves coming up or deer standing in the middle of the road nothing. They just do not shine far enough in front of the car. There is a black line where the lights end like something is blocking the top half of the light. Very dangerous.
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