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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Wagon
Jul 02, 2002 (5:28 am)
Perhaps the post should be labeled "Do not buy 9 year old car from sweet little old lady". Seems you have more of a problem with the old lady than with Ford! Also, Volvos are no wonders either. My Mom had a 95 850 that should have been painted yellow it was back at the dealer so many times. She took a bath when she unloaded it in 1999 so don't be singing Volvo praises to me either!
We had a 89 Taurus wagon that we sold in early 2001 to buy a new Taurus SEL sedan. The old wagon had its share of problems (as do all older cars)but is still running strong for the guy I sold it too!
#174 of 475 Response to TFJ2000
Jul 11, 2002 (11:30 am)
Thanks for the tips. The radio does stay on when I open the door...as long as the lights are on. I don't know actually how long the radio would stay on as I have never tried to test the theory (I don't have the auto-shut-off lights). Once you turn the lights off though, turning them back on DOES NOT cause the radio to come back on. Weird, ain't it. I do have an extended warranty on this car, so perhaps this would be covered. I need to look into that. Thanks for your help.
#175 of 475 Still great
Jul 19, 2002 (12:25 pm)
Well, its been a year since my last update, and our 2000 Taurus wagon w/ Duratec just keeps trucking along. Just turned 35k miles, and celebrated with a transmission service, new fuel filter (very easy to change!!), and an oil/filter change. Gas mileage continues hover around 25mpg in mixed driving.
The only issues right now are lightly warped brake rotors, and windshield wipers keep wearing out. But other than that, no problems.
#176 of 475 Hi jdiaz2- Welcome back...
Jul 19, 2002 (4:16 pm)
and thanks for the update!
Hatchbacks & Wagons Boards
#177 of 475 Sable/Taurus Wagon 3rd seat safety
Jul 28, 2002 (3:55 am)
Does anyone know ANYTHING about safety for the third seat in the back of the Sable/Taurus stationa wagon. I am debating about a wagon and a minivan and have two children (young) I would like to fit 7 people in my car from time to time, but if the safety of those rear facing seats is very poor, then I would never take the chance. Any ideas?
#178 of 475 Sable/Taurus Wagon 3rd seat safety
Jul 28, 2002 (5:47 am)
The third seat is designed for children or short-legged adults who would take a short ride. Passengers seating there face the back. It has no head restraints but does have shoulder and lap belts. In a minivan third seat passengers face forward and have head restraints.
To me there is is a safety issue with it in case that another driver would rear end me which it already happened 2 weeks after I took delivery of the wagon. I was hit at 35 MPH by a mid size sedan with my bumper sustaining cosmetic damage. I was driving alone at the time. The vehicle that went into me was a 2000 Accord whose bumper held well but its hood buckled a bit. Mine is a '00 Merc. Sable
I am sure my fellow Taurus/Sable owners can add more to my statement.
#179 of 475 Mercury Sable Air Bag Light Blinking
Jul 28, 2002 (8:03 am)
I own a 1990 mercury sable wagon. Just recently my air bag light started blinking. It will blink 8 times, stop for a second, then blink 8 times again. This continues doing this the whole time I am driving. Does anyone know what this means and how to fix it or disable it.. I would appreciate any help..
Jul 28, 2002 (5:46 pm)
I appreciate the recent post from jdiaz2 about the mileage on the Duratech engine. I know earlier messages have been about usually exceptionally poor mileage. I was curious what some of you (those that are not having mileage issues) are averaging with the Vulcan or the Duratech. I am wondering how much mileage difference is between the two in order to help in my purchasing decision.
Jul 29, 2002 (8:36 am)
I have a '98 Taurus with 46,000 miles on it. It has the Vulcan 3.0. Since I have owned the car (since 11,000 miles), I've kept track of the mileage. I have averaged 22.5 MPG, with maybe 60-65% city driving and the rest highway. On trips, going 70 or so MPH with a couple of people aboard, I get 25-28 MPG, depending on the traffic and terrain. The highest I ever got was just under 29 MPG, the lowest was around 19 (lots of busy city traffic and idling in that tankful). Usually I get around 21-23 on my usual commute.
I find the Vulcan perfectly adequate for my use (I've had a couple of four cylinder cars prior to the Taurus), but have not driven a Duratech, so I can't compare. It accelerates just fine.
Hope that helps.
#182 of 475 Vulcan Gas Mileage
Aug 06, 2002 (5:35 pm)
I have a 2000 SE Wagon with the 3.0 Liter Vulcan FFV (Flex Fuel Vehicle). When I first got the car (used from Hertz), I was getting 16 - 18 MPG. Then Ford replaced the fuel pump due to a recall and did some work to eliminate a chronic knocing and pinging that seems to be endemic of FFVs. After that, the MPG increased to around 20. On highway trips, I've gotten as high as 26 MPG. I generally drive a mix of highway and city.