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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Wagon
#296 of 475 Re: Thinking of buying a '99 Sable Wagon [erbie #1]
Apr 21, 2004 (3:35 pm)
I'm into my third wagon, either Mercury Sable (2) or Ford Tarus (1) and am NEVER going to own either a Ford or Mercury again, (I HOPE!).
The third vehicle (a 2004 Mercury Sable wagon) I have is a replacement for a lemon 2003 (Mercury Sable wagon) that I had. The replacement vehicle, which was gotten with only a few month's delay, has less than 4000 miles on it and I've just survived a caliper bolt/caliper/wheel failure. It was replaced with no charge and I'm thankful that I was off the expressway when the car froze up!
As I said before, never again for a Ford/Mercury product...and I've had them since 1970...problems since the late 1980s.
Apr 21, 2004 (4:10 pm)
I guess, someone was forcing you to buy FoMoCo products for last 34 years.
BTW, I find no merit on your post since I can't understand what you mean by
"caliper bolt/caliper/wheel failure" and
"car froze up!"
#298 of 475 All car makes have problems, not just Ford
May 13, 2004 (9:24 am)
I dumped my 2000 Sable wagon in 2002 after numerous build quality problems, a couple of them safety-related, including the infamous brake lamp switch. (Also a broken roof rack crossbar after 3 usages, a rear door panel that just fell off the car, and improperly installed seatbelts!) While the build quality on my Saab wagon is considerably better and reliability has been great, I'm already on the hunt for another car as the Saab is really lacking in cubby space and I like a smoother ride. I've researched so many vehicles, Toyota, Volvo, Acura, Honda, and yes, even Ford. I practically live on this website. You know what? They all have problems. Nobody builds a bullet-proof car anymore. Was looking at a 4Runner yesterday and couldn't believe the cheap plastic and flimsy doors. Honda and Acura are having tranny problems. Volvos have a rep for electrical bugs. And Ford, well, they're Ford. You just have to do your homework, keep your fingers crossed that you get a good car but not be surprised when you have problems...sigh!
#299 of 475 Re: My trans on 99 seems better. [rogertc1]
Jul 23, 2004 (10:26 am)
You definitely need to change the xmission fluid / filter by the book. If you're harder on it by haulin' heavy fertilizer, mulch, people, lumber, etc. and do lots of short hard trips, you should change it more often (every 15,000). 1990 Taurus wagon burned out the tranny (I learned the above lesson the hard way.) My mechanic put in a Jasper refurbished tranny w/3 year warranty and it was fine after that (much less expensive.) Furthermore, '99 Sable Wagon is one of the best cars I've ever had. Got the Duratec V6, plenty of power and still good gas mileage. My wife drives it most and loves it (which is rare indeed.) Got it new, 77,000 miles now, still looks and runs like new w/just regular maint and tuneups; fingers crossed.
#300 of 475 Does the front passenger seat fold forward?
Jul 31, 2004 (6:28 pm)
ala the new Malibu Maxx? I ask because I have a 12-foot ladder.
#301 of 475 location of CD changer
Aug 29, 2004 (6:57 pm)
I just purchased a 1997 Taurus wagon, and I can't locate the CD changer. HELP!!!!
Sep 10, 2004 (8:47 pm)
Just wanted to chime in. Wife and I are in the process of purchasing a heavily discounted, "Z" plan priced 04 Sable LS premium wagon. Has all bells and whistles. Is Arizona beige metallic, and has med. parchement leather interior. We test drove an 05, and were duly impressed. We cross shopped 04 Freestars. The wagon comes in 3500 cheaper, fully loaded vs. middle of the road Freestar. Anyone have an 04 wagon?
#303 of 475 98 Mecury Sable Experience Report
Nov 16, 2004 (2:01 pm)
Decided to post this to "pay back" this great website for all the info it's provided me.
Bought the Mercury Sable wagon used in July 00 for 16.2K with 24K miles. Bought extended warranty too to 4/03 for added 1.2K. NEVER USED IT.
1. This 98 now has 90.6K miles on it.
2. Two drivers, 6-2" male & 5'7" female. "Normal" mix of highway & city; maybe slightly biased to highway. Overall 22 MPG when carefully measured on long trips with 70-75MPH sustained speeds.
3. Normal accessories. Make excellant use of power driver seat, reclining front seats, fold down split rear seat. Sound system w cassette is outstanding. Controls on sound system and heat/AC are great. Cruise control great. Wish we had tilt wheel.
4. Maintenance issues to date. Total maintance cost to date (ex extented warranty) = $1457. Major items: brakes ft & r 77K miles = %571; replace coolant overflow tank 65K miles = $126; replace heater bypass tube & hose 81K miles = $135 plus $44 to flush cooling system. Veru easy on tires: 2 Goodyr Viva Touring tires 60K and 2 more of same 77K miles, total cost $340 Walmart. Only other costs for oil changes & bulbs (had to replace upper brake light twice; first time dealer cost $91; second time DIY cost $4.60. This car still has it's original battery.
6. Overall impressions pro/cons: Has been a very comfortable, inexpensive vehicle to own. Am considering a second one (but also looking at the Dodge Magnum, which has better fit for 6'-2" driver).
7. All this after very BAD experience with earlier Ford Taurus Wagon (transmission and more).
#305 of 475 Taurus Discontinued ???
Nov 16, 2004 (8:21 pm)
Has anyone heard rumers that the Ford Taurus is being discontinued by Ford??