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You are in the Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable
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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan, Wagon
#208 of 3014 shadetree33
Aug 11, 2000 (11:53 am)
I know how you feel, cars can be a big money pit.
I have owned a few fords before too. all used vehicles.
1963 falcon - In my opinion the best ford I owned.
My first car, and had a 73 maverick 6 cly engine in it. routine maintenance.
No problems at all. Until the accident...darn it.
1983 ranger - 2.0l 4 cyl engine, 4 speed manual. I think a dozen hampsters would have been a stronger power plant.
Repairs.. Radiator, Rear wheel bearing , vacuum brake booster, timing belt broke in the winter of course -5 degrees(huh- whats a timing belt?) at least i was still in driveway, a year after timing belt the belt tensioner blew apart. left me stranded. And a bunch of other annoying things going bad. Nickle and dime me to death.
Gave up when it failed inspection for smoke.
Fix Or Repair Daily!!!!!!!
overall...not very impressed at all.
1983 ltd station wagon - annoying serpentine belt that always squeals, tranny that seemed to constantly search for gears, v6 engine seemed to run rough even with full tune-up. a/c needed recharge. Accident totalled it.
overall... not toooo bad, could be better.
I currently have a 1986 plymouth reliant, 2.2l 4cly, 5 speed manual tranny. Bought it in 1990 with 55k on the odometer for $1000. It has 145k now.
No "major" problems, never left me stranded (unlike the ranger).
Minimal maintenance performed. I thought this was going to be a "temporary" car when i got it. It replaced the LTD which was totalled in accident.
Repairs...Leaky radiator, heater core(this was worst problem),rear coil springs(sagging), windshield (big limb came down while driving...ouch!) Takes a lickin and keeps on tickin. The rust monster has a hold of it now, will replace during this coming year.
Overall..EASY to work on, great gas mileage, small repairs.
All cars had routine items like exhaust system, tires, brakes, battery, etc.
Go for another ford??? I don't know, very leery to try.
Enough whining for now.
Good luck with your taurus
#209 of 3014 #212 3.2L SHO Stalling problems
Aug 12, 2000 (10:24 pm)
Dirty connectors on the MAF sensor can cause stalling. To check, disconnect (and clean if necessary) the MAF sensor connection when the car stalls. If the car starts back up, that's probably the problem. Extreme cases may require replacement of the connectors.
Aftermarket chip connection Another cause of stalling if the car is equipped with an aftermarket chip, is faulty or deteriorated connections between the chip and the card in the computer. This can be fixed by removing the chip, cleaning the contacts, and reinstalling the chip.
MAF Connector and/or Speed Sensor Lee Hassig was experiencing this kind of stalling:
#210 of 3014 Taurus or Century?
Aug 13, 2000 (8:49 pm)
I have been looking for a new car for the past month and have narrowed it down to the Taurus or Century. The Century has almost 4,000 miles on it and was a Driver Ed car so I'm a little hesitant. For the same price I can get a Taurus SES with 27 miles. I like them both but now am hesitant from the negative remarks on the Taurus in particular. Are there any positive remarks out there or do we only respond when its something negative?
#211 of 3014 hazelton
Aug 14, 2000 (3:16 pm)
Well, this is the Maintenance and Repair conference, so it is natural that a Taurus topic here would be focused on Taurus problems.
If you use the Topic Search feature on the left side of this page for Taurus and again for Century you should be able to find topics in our Sedans (or other) conferences that will probably give you a more balanced perspective.
Also, I was wondering if you had discovered the Our Turn conference? It is devoted exclusively to women's automotive issues of all kinds. Town Hall is fortunate to have an automotive technician co-hosting it. She might have an opinion on one or both of these vehicles that I'm sure would be happy to share with you. If you'd like to check it out, you can click on that highlighted link to go there.
Welcome to Town Hall! Good luck in your search and your purchase.
Community Leader/Maintenance & Repair Conference
Aug 21, 2000 (12:43 pm)
I have a 1999 Taurus SE and with no major proplems....yet, I Have noticed that with the fuel gage when I start to get low on fuel about 1/4 a tank left the gage will drop almost instantly all the way to empty, the gas dummy light will come on then as you keep driving the gage will start to rise back up to where it should be. I don't think that it is a faulty gas gage because it works normal unless the fuel gets that low... Any similar experiences out there or has anybody heard of something like that.. Not very important but I am just wondering. Thank You.
#213 of 3014 Re; #201 mokus
Aug 21, 2000 (2:08 pm)
I recently sued Ford in small claims court for the 3.8 head gaskets in my 93 T-bird. The judge hasn't given a judgement yet (I am expecting it around Labor day). I'll post under topic 212 "Ford 3.8 head gasket..." when I find out how he rules. Should I win, I'll be glad to share the information I used in court.
#214 of 3014 99 SE Fuel gauge
Aug 22, 2000 (8:18 pm)
I have noticed the same issue with my fuel
gauge. It sometimes (not every time) goes
from 1/4 tank to empty with the dummy light on
within 5 miles. Later the gauge comes back
up to nearly 1/4 tank. At that time I add
12 - 13 gal. to a 16 gal. tank.
I have not become annoyed enough to take it
to the dealer under warranty.
#215 of 3014 johnnybravo2 & rushing1
Aug 26, 2000 (3:20 am)
I have noticed similar occurances with our 98 Taurus SE. When the needle dips down, it happens almost always when the car is going uphill. When it returns to normal, the car is either level or going downhill. It sometimes happens at half full and drops almost to a quarter. I suspect the angle of the float hinge is the culprit.
Aug 28, 2000 (10:33 am)
I appreciate all the info.
Aug 29, 2000 (12:00 pm)
Hello again, I have another question. I have a Red 99 Taurus SE and I have noticed the the paint on the front bumper and side mirrors is starting to come off. When I looked even closer I saw bubbles in the paint, fish eyes, and dirt, and also found areas where chips of paint had come off. I took it into the ford dealer, and they said that paint is not a ford problem, I said what are you talking about you are ford, I asked him if they don't stand behind their products, and he said that they do but they don't stand behind paint because it is a used car, (I bought it when is wasn't even a year old) he said that if I would have bought it when it was new that it would have been a different story. I said so if I would have bought the car new and the paint started coming off now like it is you would fix it, and he said that that is correct. I know that he is full of it, so I contacted sales person that sold me the car and he said that there is nothing that he can do. He said that ford can not afford to paint my bumper. (I just kind of laughed at him and left)
So now.... has anybody been through this, or do you know what I should do? Thank You.