Instrument Panel Problems of Ford Taurus
Ford Taurus owners have reported 13 problems related to instrument panel (under the electrical system category).
#1 - Instrument Panel problem of the 2005 Ford Taurus
The car involved is a 2005 Ford Taurus. I was on vacation driving up the coast of California and I noticed it was becoming increasingly difficult to brake my vehicle and my tachometer would not predictably fall as I let off the gas. It was subtle at first but then became more pronounced so I started shifting the car into neutral to see if it was the engine or something else. After putting it into neutral I noticed the car would not goes less than 2000 rpm on the tachometer. Then it became apparent that the car was accelerating independently of my input through the gas. I pulled into a parking lot and coasted in neutral, parked and shut off the engine. As I have some automotive mechanic experience, I figured something was wrong with the throttle linkage or something was stuck in the throttle plate. On inspection, I noticed the cruise control linkage and slid off. I then went to radioshack and bought some small zip ties and zip tied the linkage in place. It is to this day held in place with zip ties and I haven't had any problems since (108,000 miles currently). I saw that the NHTSA was investigating these vehicles for the same complaints and thought I'd report my incident in hopes of helping others. It was 11/05/07 when this instrument panel issue happened.
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#2 - Instrument Panel problem of the 1999 Ford Taurus
The VIN of this Taurus is 1FAFP53U9X_. Consumer has a 1999 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that there was smoke rising from the fuse box under the instrument panel. The contact safely extinguished the fire and did not notify police. There were no injuries. The dealer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was also not notified. The failure mileage was 200,000. The failure date was Apr. 19, 2012.
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#3 - Instrument Panel problem of the 2005 Ford Taurus
The VIN of this vehicle was 1FAFP53285_. The contact owned a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that after experiencing a problem with the windshield wipers, she realized that smoke was being emitted from under the wipers. In addition, all of the warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel and the contact experienced a difficult time trying to stop the vehicle before the engine exploded and the vehicle engulfed into flames. The fire department appeared on the scene, but no injuries were reported. The vehicle was destroyed. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileages were 85,000. Updated 08/31/lj. This issue happened on Jul. 15, 2011.
#4 - Instrument Panel problem of the 2007 Ford Taurus
The vehicle was a 2007 Ford Taurus. The VIN of the car is 1FAFP53U77_. The digital readout on my instrument panel (provides car mileage, avg mileage, trip meter, miles to empty and time) would dime at first until it finally went completely out. When it would dime if I hit the dashboard, it would return to full bright for a while. It would finally go out completely and I could hit the dashboard to get it to come back on. Finally, it went out and would not come back on. I went to the dealer and they just kept telling me that the whole instrument panel would have to be replaced. And, all I heard was them telling me that they wanted money, money and more money. I took the instrument panel apart myself and discovered that a piece had come loose. I resoldered the piece to the circuit board and cut away a piece of the casing that was rubbing against the part that came loose. I haven't had any other problems since this incident. This instrument panel issue occurred Friday, February 20, 2009.
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#5 - Instrument Panel problem of the 2006 Ford Taurus
Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1FAFP53U86_. Consumer owns a 2006 Ford Taurus. The contact stated the air bag light was illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was told that the pad lamp had failed. The contact was told NHTSA recall campaign id number: 06v119000(electrical system: instrument panel) was related; however, the vehicle was not included. The failure mileage was unknown, but the current mileage was 107,000. The failure date was July 11, 2010.
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#6 - Instrument Panel problem of the 2005 Ford Taurus
The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 1FAFP53295_. The vehicle involved is a 2005 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the instrument panel indicators constantly flash. In addition, the speedometer and tachometer work intermittently, and the vehicle starts intermittently. The dealer diagnosed the vehicle and they stated that the computer needed to be replaced. The current mileage was 50,000 and failure mileage was 45,000. It was Monday, June 16, 2008 when this instrument panel issue occurred.
#7 - Instrument Panel problem of the 2004 Ford Taurus
The VIN of this Taurus is 1FAFP55U54_. On may 31, 2008 purchased a 2004 Ford Taurus. A couple of days later I noticed that the speedometer was not working correctly. It was reading 50 mph but I was actually going on 40 mph. I took the car back to the dealer, which is not a Ford dealer. They tested the car and said the speed sensor was bad. Ordered 1 from a Ford dealer which took a week to come in. When the speed sensor came in and was replaced in the car the speedometer still was not working correctly. The dealer call the Ford dealer and was told that the speedometer needs to be replaced. One was ordered on June 17, 2008. Told it would take 2 weeks. I call Ford directly and had Ford look into this. Ford said they would expedite the speedometer for me. That was on July 15. Ford said they would call me on July 22 to let me know when the speedometer would be shipped. Just received a call from Ford to say the speedometer would be shipped August 6, 2008. The car when I bought it has only 29,500 miles on it. Ford said they would not cover the speedometer. I wanted Ford to tell me why it takes so long to get the speedometer in. Ford would give me an answer to that question. This problem occurred on Jun. 5, 2008.
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#8 - Instrument Panel problem of the 2004 Ford Taurus
Consumer has a 2004 Ford Taurus. While driving 30 mph, the tail lights, instrument panel lights, and radio failed. The contact placed the vehicle into park without shutting off the engine. He attempted to place the vehicle into drive, but was unsuccessful. After several attempts, the contact managed to shift into drive. He is in the process of taking the vehicle to the dealer for further inspection. The manufacturer stated that no compensation would be provided because the VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign id number 04v106000 (exterior lighting:brake lights:switch). The recall pertained to the 2003 models. The vehicle has not been repaired. The current and failure mileages were 70,000. It was Aug. 7, 2009 when this instrument panel issue happened.
#9 - Instrument Panel problem of the 2003 Ford Taurus
The reporting person owns a 2003 Ford Taurus. While driving 70 mph, the vehicle shut off in the middle of the highway. All of the instrument panel lights illuminated. The vehicle was able to be restarted, but then shut off again. The contact stated that the speedometer also displayed the incorrect speed. The dealer acknowledged the failures, but the diagnostic indicated that nothing was wrong with the vehicle. The vehicle is currently at the dealer. The current mileage was 122,000 and failure mileage was 100,000. It was Tue., Sep. 18, 2007 when this instrument panel issue occurred.
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#10 - Instrument Panel problem of the 2003 Ford Taurus
Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1FAFP53U53_. The vehicle was a 2003 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that when it rained, water made its way into the vehicle from the instrument panel and flooded the front passenger side. Furthermore, the defroster did not work. The steering wheel vibrated and, interior light was always illuminated and the door locks did not engage automatically. The contact called the dealership and was advised to take the vehicle in for repair at his expense. The current and failure mileages were 140,586. This problem occurred on 02/01/2010.
#11 - Instrument Panel problem of the 2001 Ford Taurus
The car involved is a 2001 Ford Taurus. The VIN of the problem Taurus is 1FAFP52U21_. Check engine light turned on in October 2005 and was told it was a failure of egr sensor; light turned off when I added more coolant to the reservoir, which was empty but not generating a heating message. Light turned back on after next gas fill. This issue happened on Apr. 20, 2007.
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#12 - Instrument Panel problem of the 2001 Ford Taurus
The vehicle having this issue was a 2001 Ford Taurus. The VIN of this vehicle was 1FAFP55U81_. When rotating the headlamp control switch clockwise the instrument cluster (dash) lights do not come on. However, the exterior lights do come on. This instrument panel problem happened on Friday, December 21, 2007.
#13 - Instrument Panel problem of the 2000 Ford Taurus
The car was a 2000 Ford Taurus. I pulled into my driveway after work and was going to park my car when I heard this crunch sound. I then noticed that the car was sitting lopsided on the rear passenger side and since then the car has been making crunching sounds. The dash lights also went out along w/the heater. It no longer blows cold air it is always hot air and the temperature is at its lowest. This all started w/a vacuum leak. The passenger side seat belt also retracted slow and now it doesn't even retract. This car seems to have one problem after another and all at once. I bought this car for my daughter cuz I wanted her to have a safe vehicle to drive for college, but it doesn't seem to be turning out that way. She is now driving my car because I don't want to have to worry about her on the road. This problem occurred on Sep. 10, 2006.
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Other Electrical System related problems of Ford Taurus:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Electrical System problems||166|
|Dash Wiring problems||28|
|Ignition Switch problems||22|
|Fuses And Circuit Breaker problems||19|
|Instrument Panel problems||13|
|Underhood Wiring problems||12|
|Ignition Module problems||11|
|Car Will Not Start problems||9|
|Battery Dead problems||7|
|Anti-theft Controller problems||7|
|Horn Assembly problems||7|