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Headlights Problems of Ford Taurus - part 1



Ford Taurus owners have reported 65 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2013 Ford Taurus 1
Failure Date: 02/02/2015

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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car image   Headlights problem of the 1999 Ford Taurus 2
Failure Date: 10/30/2014

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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car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 Ford Taurus 3
Failure Date: 10/27/2014

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.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Ford Taurus 4
Failure Date: 11/08/2013

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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car image   Headlights problem of the 2013 Ford Taurus 5
Failure Date: 08/28/2013

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 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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1993 Ford Taurus 6
Failure Date: 07/25/2013

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.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Ford Taurus 7
Failure Date: 03/24/2012

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Ford Taurus 8
Failure Date: 01/12/2012

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Ford Taurus 9
Failure Date: 10/27/2011

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2012 Ford Taurus 10
Failure Date: 09/30/2011

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.


 
car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Ford Taurus 11
Failure Date: 09/08/2011

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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car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Ford Taurus 12
Failure Date: 09/01/2011

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.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Ford Taurus 13
Failure Date: 09/01/2011

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Ford Taurus 14
Failure Date: 07/04/2011

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Ford Taurus 15
Failure Date: 07/02/2011

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Ford Taurus 16
Failure Date: 03/15/2011

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Ford Taurus 17
Failure Date: 09/20/2010

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 Ford Taurus 18
Failure Date: 09/07/2010

The contact owns a 2011 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph at night, the headlights on low beam did not provide enough light. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer but the dealer stated that there was nothing wrong. The failure mileage was approximately 1,400. Updated 02/01/lj updated 02. 03. 11.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Ford Taurus 19
Failure Date: 03/10/2010

The contact owns a 2010 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that his vehicle had a hid lighting system with a single set of headlights; as result he was unable to see when approaching a hill and the lights also made it difficult for other drivers to see. The manufacturer was contacted and advised him to call the dealer. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who adjusted the lights which did not fix the problem. The failure mileage was 770 and the current mileage was 14,000.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Ford Taurus 20
Failure Date: 02/22/2009

The contact owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the plastic headlight was turning yellow abnormally and causing the lights to illuminate extremely faint. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer but the vehicle was not repaired. The contact stated that he would have to utilize the high beam lights for adequate illumination of the roadway at night. The failure mileage was 85,000 and the current mileage is 110,000 updated 3/14/11 updated 04/28/11.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1999 Ford Taurus 21
Failure Date: 01/01/2008

Headlights seem very dim. We notice the plastic lens over the head lights are yellowing and probably blocking the light output.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1999 Ford Taurus 22
Failure Date: 05/11/2007

The contact owns a 1999 Ford Taurus. The contact took the vehicle in for inspection and was told that she had to have the headlights replaced. The headlights had oxidized and prevented the proper amount of light from shining through. The purchase date of the vehicle was unknown. The current and failure mileages were 120,000. Updated 06/13/07.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Ford Taurus 23
Failure Date: 01/28/2007

- the contact stated that the headlight knob in her 2000 Ford Taurus (89000 failure mileage), came off and will no longer stay on. There is a recall (01v078000) out for the same failure, but this vehicle wasn't included.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2003 Ford Taurus 24
Failure Date: 09/12/2006

Automatic headlights malfunction. Turn off unexpectedly while driving the vehicle. Nearly caused accident a few times brought vehicle back to dealer charged 50 dollars to repair within 2 weeks same thing happened again. Now turn headlights on manually. Could have been seriously injured on turnpike when they malfunctioned drive totally blind till light switch was turned on manually.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Ford Taurus 25
Failure Date: 08/26/2006

I want to complain about the very intense new car headlights that cause too much glare and blind oncoming drivers as a result. Are they called hid lights? whatever they are I find them very offensive and potentially hazardous to oncoming drivers facing their blasting light. Please do something to get these off the road.

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