2002 Ford Taurus SE from North America - Comments

14th Apr 2005, 15:29

I fully agree with the previous comment about the original posting. The repairs mentioned were cheap repairs considering the mileage. The Taurus is a no frills reliable vehicle and it is unfortunate that it will be discontinued within a couple of years. I have a 2002 with 35,000 miles and follow Fords maintenance schedule. All service is done at the dealership. I haven't had any problems with mine other than a recall on the brake light switch which took about 1/2 hr. at the dealers to fix. So far it has been a great car.

16th Jul 2005, 12:45

The blower motor on my 2002 just went out. Did you replace yourself? If so, can you give a few pointers? The Haynes manuals only go up to 2001 on this model and the 2002 looks to be different.

According to the 2001 manual, the blower motor removal looked like 3 screws and you're done. On the 2002, it looks like the motor is buried pretty deep and I'd like to avoid removing a lot of unnecessary stuff.

BTW - Mine has 82,000 miles. It looks new and runs like a top. Handles well, drives nice, comfortable interior. I'm 6'4" and don't feel claustrophobic, which is unusual for a small car. Great car for a 30 mile one way commute. This is the first problem I've had with it.

26th Jul 2005, 11:24

The owners with rusty blowers should check with their dealers about a part called a "rain hat". In early production it was too small and allowed heavy rain to leak into the car in the passenger wheel well. I had this problem only once in 2-1/2 years of ownership. But when the dealer fixed it under the warranty, he also changed the blower motor because he said it would fail soon from the water. Tauruses with early blower failure may have the same problem, but no water leaking into the car.

15th Sep 2005, 13:18

I just had the same problem. I had no idea it was a common problem with the 2002 Taurus. My dealer replace the "rain hat" and weather strip, and silicone gap on piler. The repair ran about $180. Other than this issue, I love my Taurus, which has 84,000 miles.

24th Apr 2006, 17:02

Who said look at the mileage he got out of this Taurus...? In my book, 68,000 miles is still relatively new. My Accord has 396,000 miles on it and has never had any of these problems. On second thought... I guess 68k miles IS a lot for a FORD!!

10th Sep 2006, 06:44

I too have been having this problem. Once I did a little work to the outside components, I began to have many problems. At only 70,000 miles the cam sensor synchronizer now needs to be replaced among other things. I followed the recommended scheduled repairs, but apparently I forgot that it's a FORD. I wish I had never made this purchase. With far more mileage, my Chevy never gave me any problems like this.

1st Dec 2006, 15:56

"Cmon!! Never had problems like these? You guys NEVER had cars in the "50/60/70s have you?

23rd Dec 2006, 08:19

You want to talk over priced, step into a Toyota or Honda Showroom and take a look at what little you really get. Products as interesting as a washing machine and more plastic than what would be seen at a Tupperware party. We own a 01 Taurus and only 60K on it, but none of the problems listed on this site. I am a Mercedes Benz tech and if you want to REALLY talk Excessive repairs and over priced the MB is where you go not Ford Taurus with its $14,000.00 new car price. Americans and their hondas, no thanks. Honda, Had One Never Did Again!

17th Jan 2007, 13:30

I have a 2003 taurus. I just came back from the dealer. He wants 250 to replace the blower motor. I am pretty sure this is a little early to replace a part like that. I am going to look and see how hard a job it is.. The car has 56.000 miles.

25th Jan 2007, 09:12

We have a 2002 Ford Taurus SE and just repaired the fan blower motor along with the passenger side rain hat components. We only have 43,000 miles on it. When we asked the dealer if we could get any help from Ford as far as recalled parts, etc., he replied "Good Luck"; He commented that usually someone has to be seriously injured before any help usually comes from the manufacturer. We also were never notified about any of the recalls listed on the Ford recall web site. Real responsible manufacturer, they really care about their quality and reliability. We will never buy another Ford again.

28th Jan 2007, 10:14

Blower motor on Ford 2002 Taurus stopped working two days ago.

Mileage is approx. at 70k. The fuse and relay which are located in the passenger compartment fuse box are okay.

I was guessing that water got into the blower compartment sucked in as snow. Was about to try and pull the motor to look at it, so I did an online 'GOOGLE' search to see if there were any directions or diagrams to do it myself.

I clicked on this site and found it very informative and interesting... I am deciding now whether to call the dealer and inquire about the "rain hat" others have mentioned.

The comments on this site have increased my confidence in my assumption of a corroded blower motor due to moisture.

Thanks.

Oh yea, this is the 10th Taurus I have owned since the mid 80's. My wife and I both have driven a Taurus for close to 90k miles each. Have had very few troubles, It is / was a great vehicle for value and safety.

29th Jan 2007, 05:43

Blower motor working again. Removed plastic cover under the glove box area on instrument panel which is held up with two plastic push-pins. Removed three screws with 10mm hex socket and 6" socket extension. One electrical connector. Motor housing and motor are pressed together. Removed the squirrel cage fan via a push nut; the motor did not look excessively corroded. I sprayed light oil lubricant onto and into the end bearings. The back bearing is somewhat blind. Reinstalled the squirrel fan and push nut, turned it a couple of times by hand. Plugged it back in, and viola...it's working again, quiet and smooth.

Noticed that the motor was not made by Ford, but by Siemens.

Wonder when Ford stopped making their own from Rawsonville plant, now Visteon and outsourced to Siemens (maybe that's when the problems started occurring)? Murray's auto discount wanted $100.00 and special order (10 days) for a motor. I noticed JC Whitney sells replacement motors for $54.00 and in-stock... Motors from Whitney are Siemens, but only cover '86 to '93. Wonder if it would fit the 2002? Looks the same by picture? Also, wonder when Siemens started from a replacement service part to main supplier for Ford?

29th Jan 2007, 12:07

I just bought a 02 Taurus with 60,000 miles last week. It did not come with a owners manual. I just put gas in it yesterday and a few hours later the check engine light came on. I was reading other comments stating that if the gas cap is not put back on properly the check engine light will come on. So I made sure it was on tight. The check engine light is still on. Does it take awhile for it to go off? I'm hoping that there is not a further problem.

I also noticed that the power steering fluid was low. After reading all the comments about the rack and pinion, it make me a bit nervous. I hope and pray this car is not full of repairs as I have read.

Does anyone know how to reset the key-less entry door pad code on the outside of the car?