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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan, Wagon
#1121 of 3014 96 Ford Taurus
Jan 08, 2004 (12:47 pm)
We have a previous 1 owner 96 Ford Taurus,we purchased in March 2003 for our son. Was kept in very good condition. It has 101k miles. So far, we replaced brakes & transmission. Now we have the entire steering assembly to replace for $800 The only thing left is the engine, which is the 3.0. The Mechanic thinks the engine's in good shape & thinks it might be worth it. What do you think the chances are that as soon as we sink the $800, the engine goes? I know, goes w/ the territory in buying a high mileage car. Anyone had specific info w/ this engine at high mileage?
#1122 of 3014 96 Ford Taurus by cvcbird
Jan 08, 2004 (6:12 pm)
What is wrong with the steering assembly that needs to be replaced?
Jan 08, 2004 (8:04 pm)
Does any taurus owners notice a change in gas millage, i cant belive it but i am averagin not even 17 MPG! I have a 2000 Ford taurus, my first car, my dads company car with 64K miles and i have had no problem at all with the car, not one solitary one, robably due to the fact that i got free maintence on it, but the MPG is horrible, and i am not punching it at all! Its like having a SUV millage but driving a car...any one know what might be wrong, i am selling it soon bc i can smell some future problems with her, i notice that the engine sounds bad when i start it and when i was on the freeway the other day i lost all elecrtical power to my radio,seats,lights, ect, but the car was still on, maybe a bad fuse, i dunno but it came back 3 min later
Jan 09, 2004 (1:24 pm)
The power steering fluid was leaking. Took it in and the mechanic said it completely fell apart & I need a new rack & pinion system. He's a friend, so I don't doubt him.
#1125 of 3014 Gas Millage and 96 Taurus
Jan 09, 2004 (5:03 pm)
av10sguy: My gas mileage is horrendous. I'm getting a dismal 16 mpg up to my latest fill up which was yesterday. I suppose that it is cold weather related. Starting an engine in the morning with sub zero temps and having the heat on are probably the culprits. However, this drop in gas mileage never happened to me before during my 3+ years I've had my 2000 Sable.
cvcbird: I was asking because I'll soon have to replace the power steering pump in my S.W. You may have seen my ranting and raving about it either here or in the other thread. Don't want to spend a dime on this car, though.
Jan 09, 2004 (8:27 pm)
Do you guys aware that Taurus has different climate control mechanism. If you turn the knob to righ AC compressor will kick in automatically. The air conditioning compressor will operate in all modes except(Panel)
and (Floor). However, the air conditioning will only function if the outside temperature is about
10°C (50°F) or higher. I am not sure where you guys are located but your gas milage might be related to that. If not, then get your O2 sensors checked.
But recently, my milage dropped too. I was having 21.4 in city. I filled up my tank last night and only drove 30 miles and today realized, it was in the middle of first quarter tank.
#1127 of 3014 My Taurus Tale
Jan 10, 2004 (2:13 pm)
On Dec 30th 2003, I dropped my 1997 Taurus off at the Ford service dept. for a regular maintenance. They recommended a "power flush" of the trans. and power steering (transmissions problems are looming over the horizon it seems.)
I said ok and picked it up the next day, The "check engine soon" light was on after I made a stop some miles away, so I returned it to the dealer.
Next day they called and said it needed some sort of "sensor" and they happened to have one on hand (about 450 bucks!) I said OK.
Next day I picked up the car and before I drove it out of the lot the "check engine soon" light came on and the car stalled.
Needless to say I was rather disturbed at this point so I complained to high heaven in the dealership about how service had been good in recent years but has suddenly taken a dramatic down turn. (I said a lot more than this but its something I cannot repeat in this forum.)
In short, I now have a "free" loaner Sable while they are trying to locate the problem. It will be two weeks soon and all they can tell me is they cannot get the information from the computer because the "incident" does not last long enough to download!
Could they have damaged something with this initial Power Flush or sensor replacement that they will not live up too? Should I believe them when they say its a coincidence?
Jan 10, 2004 (9:25 pm)
Do you know what sensor they replaced?
#1129 of 3014 My Taurus Tale
Jan 11, 2004 (11:07 am)
They replaced the camsensor and synchronizer assembly.
#1130 of 3014 What to do....????
Jan 11, 2004 (2:19 pm)
I own a taurus 2000 and it currently has 63k miles on it. My gas millage is horrible averaging 16 MPG. Also i notice that when i turn my steering wheel to the right it kinda seems like it sticks almost and makes a funny air sound, i dont know its kinda hard to explain, but i do not want to run into future problems with this auto although i have had none yet, (knock on wood) i am debating whether or not to get a newer car. Maybe a Acura or honda something practical for my city driving needs, however i need some advice on whether to sell my car or buy a newer one. what do you think.......??