29th Aug 2007, 22:56

I was driving my 2002 Taurus yesterday. It has/had 55,000 miles on it. While stuck in rush hour traffic smoke started pouring out of the front of the car. 2 minutes later the engine caught on fire. Because of the heavy traffic we get in LA, all the roads were gridlocked so the fire trucks could not get to the car in time to put the flames out. The whole car burned away and all the soot, smoke, ash, and flames only contributed to the typical LA smog. There was a big black smoke cloud overhead that hovered for the rest of the day. Basically what was left of the car floating away in the air. The fireman said it was the fuel line that broke pouring gasoline all over the engine bay. A common problem for this kind of car. The only thing left of it is the metal shell. Everything else is gone, glass, rubber, paint, plastic, cloth, etc. Burned away.

Rule #1, never buy a FORD. I will NEVER buy another for product ever again.

20th Dec 2007, 21:27

I have a 2002 Ford Taurus SE 136,000 miles on it. i had it for a year and never had a problem with it. the thing is if you do your maintenance when you are supposed to, on time every year then it will last you how long you want it to last. the only thing wrong is that also my car shutter's Accelerating at over 40 mph, but I think that's a normal thing for cars over 100,000 miles, it's just a normal wear and tear. and it rids smooth and good on gas, but not as good as on what the manual says.

30th Dec 2007, 00:20

I bought a 2002 Taurus SE last may with 88,000 miles on it. it was a fleet car and a bargain. it now has 103,000 on it and I had to replace the rear brakes and get 2 new front tires. apart from that this car is awesome. i drive it every day. very smooth and comfortable. i just bought a 05 mustang, but kept the Taurus cos I love it so much.

15th Jan 2008, 01:05

I have a 2002 SES Ford Taurus with 79000 miles. From the comments I have read, I can tell I'm not the only one with an (until now) inexplicable flood on the passengers, side. My A/C and heat fan only works at top speed, which is not as bad as a non-working A/C. My instrument panel light is not working either and I already opened the panel and replaced the bulbs... Now I'm struggling to put the front panel back... maybe I should check the fuse now... where can I get a fuse diagram?? since I don't have the owners manual...

17th Jan 2008, 14:32

Just picked up my 2002 Ford Taurus (61,583-M) from the dealer.

I had thought that the idler pulley on the serpentine belt was going for sometime because of the increasing chirping sounds. When I opened the hood the other day to listen, I was surprised to hear this chirping sound coming more from the opposite side of the engine from where the belts are. $327.62 later, I now have a '02 Taurus with a new cam synchronizer and sychronizer sensor assembly. It just may be my imagination, but it has pick-up and a smoothness that it hasn't had for awhile.

My passenger side front foot well developed a lake during a very heavy rain storm. Brought it back to the dealer who fixed it w/o delay. I was lucky that it happened while the car only had a few thousand miles on it and before the leaking could do any further damage, like ruining the blower motor, etc.. Basically happy with the car.

2nd Feb 2008, 14:11

I have a 2002 taurus and its the biggest piece of junk I've ever owned. I have had to replace the front coil springs 3 times in the past 3 years. Also the cable that goes from the gear shifter by the steering wheel down underneath the car broke leaving me stranded in reverse. Besides that my car has a shimmy in the front. Worst car ever owned.

5th Feb 2008, 13:19

I too have a 2002 Taurus, and all I can saw is I have all the above problems!. The car has 80,000 miles, it has had all it's routine maintenance, and is a one person, gently used vehicle. This problem with the floor flooding, and blower motor problem is ridiculous. I have replaced the fan twice, the a/c compressor and dryer, serpentine belt (because the compressor froze). It is quickly becoming ridiculous. I have written to Ford Consumer Relations, and received no response yet. It would seem if this many people have these same problems there should be some agency or legal recourse we can follow. Any ideas?

10th Mar 2008, 17:49

I have an '01 Taurus, bought it in '03 with 60K.

Transmission quit at 200K, rebuilt it and all is OK.

This week the cam shaft syncro started chirping - which is why I'm reading all this.

This car has 254,000 miles, in town and road. I get nearly 29 MPG and improving, uses no oil, and this is the 220 HP automatic. Really scoots when needed.

Had a '91 SHO, which scooted, too.

Camry?? Wife and son have them.

Nissan? Lady pulled out in front of me in a Nissan Maxima (I was in a company Taurus), impacted right front both cars, I drove the Taurus around until it was fixed, they winched hers onto a tilt back and piled the pieces around it. My airbag didn't pop, her car is scrap.

254,000 miles, good mileage, low maintenance, paid for, very sturdy, looks nice, runs like a turpentine cat, and no one wants to steal it. I like it.

10th Apr 2008, 22:32

2001 ford Taurus.

Bought in late 04 with 19000 miles. since we have had this car we had to replace the oil pan gaskets TWICE because of leaking. idler pulley, cam sync riser, front springs, door switch,power steering pump, and repairs to transmission (still messed up) now the steering rack is going, and yesterday the blower quit working. the car only has 59000 miles on it!

3rd May 2008, 14:36

I also have a 2002 Ford Taurus and it's been a good car but with some of the problems mentioned above. I now know how I can fix the leak in my passenger floorboard. I did have to replace the blower motor myself for a reasonable 50.00 which I changed myself and it only took about 15 minutes.

It has 115,000 miles and I haven't had any major problems, other than your typical replacement of a battery, tires, oil, and brakes. I'm also leery of the fact that I don't see this car lasting to 200,000, not a typical Taurus will, but who knows, maybe I got a lucky one.

5th May 2008, 16:45

We have a 2002 ford Taurus. Until now the only repair we've had on it has been the chirping sound for the sensor that you guys already mentioned. However, we now have a problem where the car will not start at times. It's usually after my wife has driven it for several minutes, stops for a couple of minutes at a store, then comes back and it won't restart. If you let it sit for about 20 minutes it starts up like nothing is wrong. It sounds just like a dead battery. I replaced the battery but we still have the problem. The ford dealer says they can't find any issues with it. It's got 85,000 miles on it and we are the only owners. I think I know what to do with it, send it away! Anyone else have this problem?