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#102 of 2996 95 Speedometers
Oct 26, 1999 (3:02 pm)
The speedometer on my 1995 Taurus became erratic after 21,745 miiles. It was replaced under warranty and now is erratic again with 23,343 miles. These failures are sickenly common. 98 safety complaints pertaining to 95 Tauruses are contained in the NHTSA database as of 10/1/99. Since multiple failures on the same vehicle occurred frequently, these complaints cover 138 separate speedometer failures. In many cases 3 and even 4 separate speedometers failed in the same vehicles. Ford does not replace this junk after the 36000 miles warranty period.
Oct 26, 1999 (4:34 pm)
No, but most dealerships offer a 12 month warranty on the parts and the work, so if it does fail, you can get it fixed for free (as you did.) I'm not saying it is right to have the same thing break several times, but at least it will be fixed for free.
#104 of 2996 Speedometer failure
Oct 26, 1999 (11:46 pm)
Ford won't pay for my second failure because it has been over 12 months. In fact most of the failures listed in the NHTSA data base were not covered by the 12 month relacement warranty. This appears to only a 1995 year problem. Ford should recall all of these speedometer heads and replace them with a speedometer which can last more than 20,000 miles before someone gets killed.
#105 of 2996 98 DOHC Duratec Noise
Oct 28, 1999 (3:34 am)
I have a 98 Taurus with a DOHC Duratec. It
started having a valve rattle noise after the first couple of thousand miles. It only has this noise right at 3900-4000 rpm under full throttle. The dealer refuses to release any TSBs and I don't
trust them due to some history with them. I don't
want my immaculate, low mileage car operated on
needlessly (as they love to do to collect money
from Ford) to address a common NON-problem. Any
similar experiences? Something common? Serious?
#106 of 2996 Noise from under the body
Oct 29, 1999 (5:26 am)
I have a 1998 Taurus wagon with about 24000 miles on it. Recently, I notice that whenever the car is moving at around 1500 rpm (at about 15 -20 mph, there is a rattling sound from under the body, it is quite annoying, could it be from the exhaust pipes? Anyone has this experience and know how to fix it? But the sound will go away when the engine rpm goes beyond 2000.
Nov 01, 1999 (4:47 am)
3900-4000 rpms??? I can never get my '93 Sable to go that far. It always shifts between 2000-3500.
Nov 06, 1999 (1:38 am)
zacharylaurie, try moving your seat far enough up so that you can reach the accelerator. When I floored my '92 Sable(3.0) it didn't shift out of first gear till 6000.
Nov 06, 1999 (3:35 am)
Well, I don't know what to say. My 3.8L engine never revs that high before the transmission kicks in. In fact, I've never been in a car that revs that high before shifting. Maybe my engine doesn't need to rev as high to get power as the 3.0L engine, but that is a very big difference.
Nov 06, 1999 (3:36 am)
Also, I don't floor my car. I want it to last, and trying to redline the engine and get the engine to work that hard can not be good for the car (regardless of brand).
#111 of 2996 Steering rack '96 Taurus
Nov 09, 1999 (6:42 pm)
My '96 Taurus has 38,000 miles on it and no extended warranty. Recently when making a sharp turn at low speeds while under gentle acceleration a groaning noise is heard and there is a bit of vibration in the steering wheel. This occurs only as the steering wheel is being returned to neutral. It is slowly growing worse. The Ford dealership's diagnosis is a steering rack problem. The car has been fine with no other problems up to this point. I see that others have mentioned rack problems in older Taurus. Does anyone know if there a service bulletin on this? A "hidden warranty?" I would like to have any leverage I can find as I deal with this expensive repair.