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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan
#1127 of 3389 driving in OD all the time and never have really had any problems
Aug 05, 2001 (5:12 am)
on all the cars ive owned that have had od (85 chev caprice classic,89 chev caprice classic,and now i own 1990 ford taurus lx) ive driven in OD all the time. the tranny on the 85 caprice went out at 98,000 miles. i had the transmission rebuilt instead of putting in a new one. it cost me 800 dollars instead of 1200 dollars. the 1200 dollars was what the repair place wanted for a new tranny. never had any more problems with the tranny.the 85 caprice was totaled in an accident at 140 thousand miles. my 89 caprice now has 166,000 miles on it. it still has the original tranny in it.ive never had any problems with the tranny in that car. the only thing i ever did as far as maintenance for the tranny in that car was to change the automatic transmission fluid every 25 thousand miles. the only reason im getting rid of it is because im giving it away to charity in a couple months. i just bought the 1990 taurus lx with 106 thousand miles from my mom because she just bought a new 2001 saturn. i intend to drive the taurus in OD all the time unless i need extra traction in bad weather conditions,in that case i will shift down to D instead of OD. i still will change the automatic transmission fluid every 25 thousand miles just like i did on all my other cars.
#1128 of 3389 response to #1072-janes4
Aug 05, 2001 (5:54 am)
first check edmunds used car section and see how much the car that you are interested in is worth.then if you are still interested in the car tell the person selling it that you want to take the car to your regular mechanic and have him take a look at the car and see if he finds anything wrong with it. it usally costs 40 to 60 dollars depending on the mechanic. then if your mechanic says its a good car decide if you want to buy it or not. if the seller wont let you take the car to your mechanic to have it checked out before you buy,then just walk away and look for a car elsewhere. the seller is probably not telling you the truth about the car if he wont let you take it to your mechanic and have it checked out. 40 to 60 dollars isnt alot of money when it comes to having the peace of mind that you bought a decent car.
#1129 of 3389 continuing #1105
Aug 05, 2001 (6:07 am)
i forgot to say that even though i drive my personal car in OD all the time when it comes to driving any of the cars at work my boss wants us workers to never use OD and always keep the transmission in D. it doesnt make sense to me because it seems like the cars at my workplace are always needing new transmissions or needing transmission repair or service.that must get quite expensive because there are 20 to 25 cars that seem to need transmission work all the time.
#1130 of 3389 response to #1104 sharen88
Aug 05, 2001 (6:16 am)
i would think one reason your gas mileage is plummenting is because if its 105 degrees outside my guess is you are running the air conditioning constantly. i always get less miles to the gallon everytime i drive with the air conditioning on. i dont know its just a guess, i might be wrong.i would just think that in the intense heat your car has to "work" alot harder. make sure the tires have the proper amount of air in them. usally its 32-35 pounds per square inch. also you might want to look at the air filter and see if you need a new filter or maybe the car needs a tune up. alot of the time if you correct some of the small things it can add up to a big difference in gas mileage.
#1131 of 3389 taurus maintanence
Aug 05, 2001 (11:12 am)
On my 92 Taurus I ment to say 50,000 km not 50,000 miles for the tunup and 40,000 km not 40,000 miles for the tranmission oil change(divide km by 1.603944 to get miles).
#1132 of 3389 Sable brakes "ringing"
Aug 09, 2001 (7:09 pm)
My father just purchased a 2000 Sable LS and has noticed what could be described as "ringing" when he brakes. Since we are all new to the Mercury line, can anyone tell me if this is just the nature of the beast or what? The brakes seem to work fine and on one occasion he did not notice it until the car was filled with passengers and had been driven quite a bit that day. That probably was not a factor as I beleive the next day while he was alone in the car it made the same noise. Anything else we should know to watch out for with this model? Thanks.
#1133 of 3389 OIL CHANGES
Aug 10, 2001 (4:53 am)
i have a 2001 taurus ses--12v v6--how long between oil changes--i have heard anywhere from every 3000 to 5000 miles---i drive about 750 miles a month---any suggestions or experiences?
Aug 10, 2001 (5:15 am)
Having owned a Sable and Taurus the a/c and trans are (were - at least for the 90's) sore spots. Both my cars had these problems early. They also had engine mount failure and power steering hose replacements early. I would get the 3.0L engine, the 3.8 had head gasket problems (like mine). You should not pay, IMO, more than 12,500 for a used car with 20K GS model (pw windows,locks). Maintain religiously (I did ). Everything is dicey with a car but with these they are dicier. If you get a good warranty or price that prepares for the chance of $2,000 in repair the first 100K, you will be alright.
Aug 10, 2001 (5:27 am)
Janes, if this is a 3.8L engine, give it a wide berth, I have a Sable with that engine and it has a history of problems. I would say that you are certainly living on borrowed time for a trns repair on this car, having had two of these. The A/C went out on both my Taurus and Sable early (at 60K). When you change the A/c compressor you should have the entire system changed out or you will be going back frequently for more work. That's the only way to get the contamination out. I'm not happy with the A/C compressor job I got at Pep Boys on my Sable. I think I would go to the dealer (about $1100). You need to keep in mind a potential repair bill of $2800 for this car, more if it is a 3.8. Also check the power steering house and engine mounts. Both failed on both my cars. The hose is expensive to replace.
#1136 of 3389 2000 Taurus SES 24V Duratec
Aug 13, 2001 (9:26 pm)
I purchased this vehicle in April of 2000. Out the door with $1000 factory rebate was $21,119. The deal included adding aftermarket leather. It is really nice and much better quality than the Ford factory leather. I also had the glass tinted. Really sharp looking car. In addition, I replaced the "noisy" firestone tires with new Yokohma Avid Touring tires, and a step up size. The difference in ride is incredible and the rear noise is cut down. Very comfortable car, bucket seats, floor shifter, adj, pedals, power drv. steat, etc. The only problems have been the rear passenger window stopped working and the brake light got stuck, which was all repaired.
Now the MPG. I do a lot of city driving, door-to-door sales. I thought the worst would be 20MPG..but realized after keeping track for a couple of months I discovered it was worst than that, averaging only 16.5 MPG. I would be lucky to get 250 miles out of a tank of gas. I fill up every 2 days.
I decided to trade this "gas eater" in with 30K miles. The car is in immaculate condition with oil changes like clockwork every 3K miles. I visited Honda, Toyota, Nissan, etc..etc. All offered around $10-10.5K. Ford dealers (knowing the value better) only offered $9-9.5K. Let's see...with a purchase price of around $19,100 new (includes $1000K rebate) that would be a trade depreciation amount of $8,600 for trade 16 months after purchase. Private party puts this baby at $11,595 with wholesale at $10,695. I have had advertised for nearly 2 weeks at $11,995 with not a single call. Every dealer tells me the market is soft on Taurus models and there are just to many available for retail at the $10-$12K price range. WARNING - DO NOT BUY A NEW TAURUS. YOU ARE WASTING YOUR MONEY. YOU CAN FIND A NEARLY NEW TAURUS FOR WAY UNDER WHAT YOU WILL PAY FORD FOR A BRAND NEW ONE - EVEN WITH THEIR $2000 FACTORY REBATE MONEY THAT CAN ONLY BE USED AFTER THE CAR IS TAXED. THE RENTAL MARKET IS FLOODED WITH THESE CARS. EVEN IF I COULD SELL FOR $11,595, THE CAR WOULD DEPRECIATE AT A RATE OF $469 PER DAY. HELL, FOR EVEN HALF OF THAT PLUS MY MONTHLY PAYMENT I COULD HAVE BEEN DRIVING A BMW.
So I purchased a brand new 2001 Toyota Camry LE for $19,093 + Aftermarket Leather for $1,195 and took the $1000 factory rebate towards my down. What a huge difference in quality. Quiet, smooth, really nice..oh yes...and a good 425 miles per tank too with mainly city driving. Anyone want a Taurus?