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2003 FORD TAURUS Problems & Complaints

Read complaint(s) filed for the 2003 FORD TAURUS. These complaints & problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. You may file your own complaint for the 2003 FORD TAURUS by calling the NHTSA Monday-Friday 8am to 8pm at (888) 327-4236, TTY: (800) 424-9153. You can also file your complaint online.

Vehicle Information (1205 Complaints)
Date reported Jun 14, 2005
Location LANSING, MI
Manufacturer Ford Motor Company
Vehicle 2003 FORD TAURUS
Transmission Not Specified
Drivetrain Not Specified
Fuel type Not Specified
Occurences 0
Crash involved N
Injuries 0
Deaths 0
Source NHTSA Website
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Complaint - Visibility

RECENTLY I NOTICED THAT THERE WAS WATER LEAKING INTO THE PASSENGER SIDE FLOORBOARD AFTER A HEAVY RAIN. A DAY LATER, MY AIR CONDITIONING STOPPED WORKING AND I COULD HEAR A GURGLING SOUND COMING FROM THE SYSTEM. I TOOK IT TO THE DEALERSHIP AND THEY TOLD ME THAT THEY HAD TO INSTALL A "RAINHAT" KIT OVER THE CABIN FILTER TO PREVENT WATER FROM LEAKING INTO THE BLOWER MOTOR BY WAY OF THE CABIN FILTER. WELL, THE QUESTION BECOMES, WHY WASN'T THERE ANYTHING THERE BEFORE? I WENT HOME AND DID SOME RESEARCH AND SAW THAT FORD ISSUED THE FOLLOWING TSB REGARDING THE ISSUE: 14 OF 53: VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER SYSTEM:WINDSHIELD:BLOWER BULLETIN DATE: AUG 2004WATER IN THE BLOWER CASE OR ON THE PASSENGER SIDE FLOOR, AN INOPERATIVE CLIMATE CONTROL BLOWER MOTOR, A MOTOR THAT OPERATES ON HIGH SPEED ONLY, AND/OR A BLOWER MOTOR RESISTOR FAILURE. VEHICLES BUILT 5/1/2001 TO 12/15/2003. REPAIR WAS $500. HE'S MY CONCERN. FORD MUST HAVE KNOWN THERE WAS DESIGN FLAW IF THEY (A) POSTED A TSB AND (B) DEVELOPED A "RAINHAT" KIT TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. BASICALLY ANY OWNER THAT HAS A CAR BUILT BETWEEN THOSE TIMES WILL BE DOOMED TO PAY THIS REPAIR IF THEY WEREN'T LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE THIS FAIL BEFORE THE WARRANTY EXPIRED. I THINK THAT'S ABSURD! I'VE TALKED WITH OTHER OWNERS AND THEY WERE LUCKY ENOUGH TO NOTICE THE LEAK BEFORE THEIR BLOWERS WENT OUT. THE DEALERSHIPS CHARGED THEM UPWARDS OF $100 TO INSTALL THE "RAINHAT" KIT. IF I WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT THIS WAS A PROBLEM I WOULD HAVE GLADLY PAID $100 FOR THE KIT RATHER THAN $500. MY DEALERSHIP EVEN ADMITTED THAT THIS HAPPENS QUITE OFTEN, BUT THEY CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT COST UNTIL FORD ISSUES A RECALL. AGAIN, THIS IS A DESIGN FLAW THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED BY FORD. I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S RIGHT FOR THE CONSUMER TO HAVE TO PAY FOR A PRODUCT DESIGN FLAW. THE SAFETY CONCERN HERE IS OF COURSE THE WINDSHIELD DEFOGGER NOT BEING ABLE TO OPERATE.

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