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#14 of 36 2011 Ford Taurus Limited
Jun 03, 2011 (8:38 pm)
We purchase our Taurus in November 2010 and have approx. 6500 Mi on the car. We love the car and its safety features and it gives us a great ride and gas mileage. I seem to have an intermittent problem with the transmission that happens probably once a month. We come up to a stop sign or light and come to a complete stop. When we press the accelerator to start moving again the transmission for a second seems to not know what gear to start in. We feel a sudden delay or stumble (can't think of a better term) for not over a half second before the transmission shifts into first gear and we start moving again. I did mention this to a service technician at the Ford garage recently and he suggested I bring the car in maybe for a reprogram of the controlling computer. This whole car is run by computers now so maybe there would be some error code that has recorded this problem.
I would appreciate any comments or suggestions related to my problem. Thanks
#15 of 36 Re: 2011 Ford Taurus... and 2013
Jun 27, 2011 (4:36 pm)
My strongest instinct is to say, do what the tech suggested. You surely are under warranty. are you not?
By the way, I have concluded there may not be a 2012 Taurus, but a 2013 will appear in the spring. Is this correct?
#16 of 36 Re: 2011 Ford Taurus Limited [jimmyl4]
Jun 29, 2011 (8:24 am)
You're encountering automatic "hill-hold", hill-start.
Newer TC's (torque converter's) are not robust enough to easily hold the car in place on an incline.
#17 of 36 Re: Safest car on the road! [priggly]
Jul 01, 2011 (9:47 am)
Priggly, what sources did you use to determine the comparative safety of the Taurus , BMW, and all other cars? Many car makers claim otherwise: for instance, 2010-11 Subaru Legacy (I have one), has a 5 Star Rating in all categories 2 years running for it's class of sedan - mid sized. In fact, Edmunds will show the safety / crash ratings on this site and Consumers Reports as well.
#18 of 36 Re: 2011 Ford Taurus Limited [jimmyl4]
Jul 01, 2011 (9:59 am)
Anaasociate of mine has an MKS 2010, 6 speed auto tranny, says he has some Lagging / Hesitation issues too. Too many gears. I have a 2010 G37X, 7 speed auto tranny, That's worse...Too Many gears for the TC to handle with speed for the right gear and downshifting is delayed (hence the Lagging), because you enter the top gear too soon. With the Infiniti, at 35 mph, she will be at 1400-1500 rpms, probably 7th gear, (if I shift to Manual mode - it reveals which gear I'm in), and I feel the lumbering of the gear box. These theings are affected by many, many, variables at the time you are driving according to the Infiniti Service Manager: outside Temps, barometric pressures (!!), road incline, etc., etc.,,, Yes totally computer controlled throttles, Transmission with Control Modules (that's why they are referred to as TCMs), and of copurse, ECUs (Electronic Control Units [the mainframe & brains of the car]. The lagging/hesitation in my G37X (which my old 07 G35X did NOT have - 5 speed tranny), atimes in stop n go traffic on some days is horrendous, other days it will vary. Man, I miss my 07 G35X - should have bought that car at lease end....Too late now. Newer is Not Always Better... BTW, this was donme to increase the mileage of the Fleet by many Manufacturers - 7ATs, 8ATs, and the 6ATs, by using top gears quickly helps to increase the mileage ratings of the cars.
#19 of 36 Re: 2011 Ford Taurus Limited [almatti]
Jul 03, 2011 (11:01 am)
"...by using top geras quickly..."
Not so much as having enough gear ratios available to most closely, more closely, simulate an actual CVT. Be in the right, most optimal gear ratio for current, all around road conditions. Makes for a whole lot of "shiftiness".
#20 of 36 WHY DOES V8 FORD EAT UP GAS
Jul 07, 2011 (4:05 pm)
I HAD MANY V8 CARS AND THIS IS SO BAD ON GAS WHY??
#21 of 36 Re: WHY DOES V8 FORD EAT UP GAS [annascarford]
Jul 07, 2011 (6:53 pm)
If it is a V8 it is not a 2011 Taurus or any Taurus for that matter. Is it an older Crown Vic, maybe an old police car? If so that may explain the poor mileage.
The 2010 Crown Vic is rated 16 city, 24 highway mpg.
#22 of 36 Re: 2011 Ford Taurus Limited [jimmyl4]
Jul 08, 2011 (6:19 am)
Jimmy, I realize your post is over a month old so maybe you have gotten this resolved. However, if I am reading the description of your problem correctly, it is NOT normal.
Ford issued a Service Bulletin for 2010 and 2011 Ford products with the transmission like yours - TSB 10-21-2. It involves replacing the TRS - transmission range sensor. I had the problem with my MKS. It was very intermittent. Basically, it would attempt to be in the wrong gear at the wrong time. It would even slip into neutral while crusing. Occasionally, it would attempt to take off in a higher gear and then drop back to low, causing the sensation that you describe. Replacement of the TRS per the TSB solved the problem.
If you are still having a concern, have your dealer check this out.
#23 of 36 Re: 2011 Ford Taurus Limited [brucelinc]
Jul 12, 2011 (7:26 pm)
Interestingly, we have not experienced this problem again since I posted in June 2011. Orginally it occurred every other week for a while from a standing start and with time the incidents have completely stopped. I told my wife that I think we were really a little too light footed on the accelerator from a standing start when we first took deliverly of the car in Nov. 2010. We just had the car serviced 8500 mi. at the dealership with no problems other than I got a 4-wheel alignment under warranty just to check and sure enough the toe was out on one side. My experience with new cars is that after the suspension has time to settle/adjust to road use miles, you had better check the alignment.
Bruce, thanks so much for the service tip and I will keep that in mind in case the problem occurs again. So far, we love this 2011 Taurus.