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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan, Wagon
#349 of 2996 Glad I changed my mind!
Jun 05, 2001 (4:06 pm)
After reading all of these horror stories even on later model Tauruses, I'm glad I sold my '90 Sable last summer at 135K miles. It had the famous transmission, a/c, and warped rotor problems, and much, much more.
I'm also glad I DIDN'T buy a lightly used '95 or '96 Taurus in 1997 as I was seriously considering. (I thought that Ford had cleaned up its act.) I ended up buying a new 1997 Camry instead.
#350 of 2996 A RELIABLE CAR
Jun 06, 2001 (2:07 am)
I owned an 87' Taurus from DEC 97 until DEC 2000 and I have to tell someone about what a terrific car it was. I bought it for a lousy 1200 dollars Canadian when I was sixteen at 270 000 km. I treated the car like a typical teenager, constantly peeling out and playing bumper tag with friends. Other then needing to replace the heater core, this high mileage car never needed repair, and survived the torture I put it through. I was forced to give it up when the tranny went but now I am in the market for a new Taurus. What kind of moron would opt for an Accord or Camary over a Taurus, especially when a Taurus is available with such beefy motors such as the 3.8. I would like to recommend a Taurus to anyone in the market for a mid sized sedan.
#351 of 2996 Read your Edmunds user agreement, pal!
Jun 06, 2001 (6:23 am)
This "moron" is quite happy with the Camry compared to the Sable! I have the 4-cylinder, but the V6 has 194 hp and 209 lb-ft of torque, compared to 200 hp and 200 lb-ft for the Taurus Duratec V6.
Maybe you lucked out, but just read the last 20 or so posts for a sampling of typical woes.
Then again, you only had it for 3 years, and the transmission did go out, didn't it?
#352 of 2996 How to Fix #309 on " Stalling '93 Taurus"
Jun 09, 2001 (4:11 am)
I have a '94 Taurus wagon with 3-liter V6 Vulcan engine. Around 58,000 miles the car stalled intermittently - even after a complete tune-up with new spark plugs, ignition wires, distributor cap, fuel filter, etc. I was told by a Ford Dealer and also by an outstanding mechanic, who owns his repair garage, that it is very difficult to locate the stalling problem because it could be caused by many factors. Both of them told me that the best way to locate the real cause of stalling is when a particular hardware causing stalling broke down and I have the car towed in. One day my engine starter broke down and I had my car towed to this mechanic's garage, he replaced the starter and also found out that a solenoid-operated AIR PUMP was bad and that should be the cause of stalling. This Air Pump is about 5-inch long and 1.5 inch in diameter. It has Ford part # F3DE-GB WH. I have driven this car for 4000 miles without any stalling. This Air Pump controls/affects air flow to the engine. To fix your stalling problem, I recommend to get your car a new Air Pump.
#354 of 2996 Blah, Blah, Blah ...........
Jun 09, 2001 (9:52 am)
Got to wonder why I read these post. When you ask a specific question you get squat.
What I see is a lot of complaining or opinions. Doubt that? Go read the Sythetic Oil topic. They are up to 1592 post. Most of them are totally useless and based upon zippo! Don't believe me, read em. One guy claims his engine starts faster with synthetic.
As far as the moron remark, big deal! You like your Camry, great. What you haven't figured out is the premium you paid for that car. They break down like everything else. It is all about dollars and cents! If it wasn't you wouldn't be driving a Camry. Gee, he told you he abused the crap out of the car. Guess if it was a Toyota that wouldn't have happened? Why are you even reading a Ford post? You've already made your mind up that their garbarge.
I'm out of here for now. There just is too little value and not enought substance with 95% of the post.
#355 of 2996 Charging light keeps on
Jun 09, 2001 (2:57 pm)
I had a '93 tours AL sedan with less 10,000 silage. Recently, the charging light keeps on after the engine starts. This happened twice and lasted about 10 minutes while I was driving at the speed of 25 mph. However, after a rest of two hours, when the car is started again, no such problem at all. The third evening, the same problem repeated. This time I let it working at 45 mph and the light went out after 10 minutes or so ( I was still on the road at that time). It seems to me that this happens when the vehicle is not working for a relative "long" time, say a whole day.
I am wondering if this is related to the new battery. One week before, the vehicle refused to start. which is believed due to the old battery. Then I changed battery. Maybe the battery is not very well connected...
Could b. who has better knowledge on vehicles help me to figure out what's going on there?
Jun 09, 2001 (3:05 pm)
It seems the most likely suspect is the alternator; it may no longer be charging the battery properly. Have you had it checked?
Riswami: I guess you don't know what you're talking about. My '97 Camry LE cost $18,700 new. The '90 Sable GS I bought in 1990 cost $15,700.
Big premium for the Camry considering 7 years had gone by!
Actually, neither car ever broke down on the road, leaving me stranded. But the Sable did fail to start at home a few times(when the battery died suddenly and when the alternator failed and allowed the battery to discharge).
And I continue to frequent this forum because I had a Taurus twin (the Sable) and thought maybe I could provide assistance to people.
#357 of 2996 spelling errors in 352
Jun 09, 2001 (3:11 pm)
Sorry that it should be taurus GL... I shouldn't have trusted the "spelling checkor" so much.
Jun 10, 2001 (6:25 pm)
Just thought I'd add some info toward the "premium" for good cars. In 1991, my dad got a Honda Accord EX wagon for $16000. In 1997, my Taurus was bought by the original owner for probably $18000 or so. Even if the original owner got a great deal, the total coast of owning my Taurus just exploded with the $4000 worth of repairs this year. My dad's Accord needed less repairs in the 9 years he owned it then my car has needed in the last 13 months I've owned it.
Let's remember, often, you get what you pay for!