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You are in the Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable
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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan
Apr 30, 2002 (3:11 pm)
snowman: How many miles do you have on your vehicle? If you think the rotors are beign machined earlier then you expected, then consider a aftermarket. If this is the case, why replace the rotors with the same poor quality OEMs. Of course, you have to consider cost.
kpier: Which motor is it? The Vulcan or Duratec? Also check here on Edmunds with regard to recalls and TSB's for 1997 Mercury Sable. This will give you an idea of what might go wrong.
#1470 of 3389 Taurus steering sway
May 02, 2002 (7:26 am)
Have a new 02 Taurus SEL with 2,800 miles. Has anyone experienced excessive sway at highway speeds on windy days or following trucks? Car seems to veer either left or right or kind of waver on centerline, requiring frequent counter steering input. Very annoying and tiring on long highway trips. Also, sway can occur abruptly, and car can be veering into next lane or off the road before there is time to counter act. I'm really concerned about the safety of this. Dealer has been unable to identify a problem.
#1471 of 3389 same thing happend to me today
May 02, 2002 (5:57 pm)
in an '02 Ram while following a semi. I don't think I've driven a vehicle that didn't get tossed around a little in the wind...
May 02, 2002 (6:49 pm)
I have a 97 Taurus GL with 69k. No reliability issues.I have the Vulcan engine. Disagree with a previous post that stated it should have been retired long ago. I hear these engines are durable.Power is adequate for me and fuel economy is better than the Duratec 3.0.
Do you know how well the car was maintained? I still have original plugs. I've talked to different mechanics and Ford trannies are just as reliable as most others; I'll find out since I plan on driving it into the ground!
May 03, 2002 (10:55 am)
According to specs the fuel economy for Vulcan and Duratec is the same. My Vulcan has 18 mpg if driving streets only or 24 mpg on average in commuting. Nothing exceptional.
On the freeway though Vulcan has not enough power for merging into traffic, passing at high speed or climbing uphill. And as it was noted in many posts it also has a pinging issue (uphill or accelerating on high speeds). In town it is okay but fuel efficiency is poor. Modern 4 banger is more fuel efficient on street and is no worse on freeway than Vulcan. Vulcan is the analog on Japanese 4 banger on base trims. But it is more heavy, has more slow moving parts, takes more space under hood. Mazda's 4 cyl engines being efficient new designs still are very reliable. The same about Duratec.
May 03, 2002 (4:43 pm)
I hear you, but I don't agree. I don't have a pinging issue and I find the power adequate. You can't compare a 4 to a 6 when it comes to fuel economy; the 4 will always win.
Like many people have said on this board before - the Taurus is a good value, especially used.I check my fuel economy every tank and I regulary get 20 to 25. Considering the car and the ride, I find it acceptable. If milage was an my top priority I'd look at a Civic. Then again I'd have no luggage room and I'd be giving up some other things that I wouldn't find acceptable.
I guess your priorities are different than mine. But you have a 94 Taurus, so maybe your car car performs significantly different from my 97. I no my Taurus is no rocket, but I didn't buy it for performance. I'd have to SAY i'M A SATISFIED OWNER.
#1475 of 3389 More Taurus Steering Sway
May 03, 2002 (8:54 pm)
Drove a couple of hundred miles today and it was windy and gusty. Car still moves around too much I think for a new car. I'm wondering if it might be a combination of poor tires (Continental TouringContact AS P215/60R16) and struts? Or can the steering be tightened/firmed up from factory setting? Any thoughts? Thanks iusecad for your reply. What's a Ram?
May 04, 2002 (8:32 am)
its a Dodge Ram pickup. Very nice, I might add.
Good luck on your car. I know how annoying a wondering car can be.
#1477 of 3389 Nex time you buy, keep this in mind!
May 04, 2002 (8:41 pm)
CNN Headline News did a short news listing regarding Ford's and GM's contributions to the relief and recovery efforts in New York and Washington:
Ford: $1 million to Red Cross and 10 Excursions to NY Fire Dept.
GM: $1 million and a fleet of vans.
Daimler Chrysler: $10 million
Audi, BMW, Daewoo, Fiat, Honda, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porshe, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota gave $$OOOOOOOOOOOO.
#1478 of 3389 Uh, no, that is not accurate
May 05, 2002 (10:05 am)
That is an "urban legend" that is refusing to fade off into the sunset where it belongs.
Check this out: http://www.snopes2.com/rumors/cars.htm