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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan
#2438 of 3389 97 TAURUS Sep 20,2003 (5:56p.m)
Sep 20, 2003 (3:56 pm)
I just bought a used 97 Ford Taurus GL for my son last week.It has a am/fm cass with the CD controls on the unit but when I looked in the trunk for a CD changer it was missing. Did Ford offer a CD changer if you get the CD changer buttons on the head unit? or was it seperate option? My guess is mine came with a CD changer but the owners who had it before me took it out before they traded it in to a dealer.
THANKS IN ADVANCE!
Sep 20, 2003 (4:12 pm)
most car stereos are prewired for a cd player/changer even though the cd player/changer may not come with the car. back in 97' a cd changer was an option on most cars.
Sep 22, 2003 (4:33 am)
No, there probably was not a CD player in there at all. Look in the well on the left side of the trunk for signs it was there--that is where the factory installed them.
The radios often (probably almost always) were the version with the CD changer controls, without the changer itself. It was an option--you had to pay extra for it in most cases (except maybe if you bought the Mach Audio package--I am not sure on that).
I think it's still that way on the Taurus and Sable. The '03 Sable I recently drove had a cassette player and CD changer controls with no changer. There's also a radio option that has a single CD slot instead of the cassette, and that also can control a changer.
My '98 has changer controls. I added a Ford changer--other than mounting it, it was 'plug and play'--from www.radiosandmore.com. Fired right up as soon as I tested it.
#2441 of 3389 tire question
Sep 22, 2003 (11:22 am)
We are very happy with the traction of the Continentals on my wife's 2001 Taurus SEL, but as the car approaches 30,000 miles they are starting to wear out. My mechanic is very big on Toyos and has had me put them on two of my other cars with good results. Part of me wants to stay with the Continentals but another part of me thinks that they didn't last as long as they should have. Any suggestions?
#2442 of 3389 Ill-fitted speakers
Sep 25, 2003 (10:07 am)
I've been looking around various department stores for a new speaker system for my '87 Taurus LX, but NO ONE has speakers for my car. Apparently it's too ancient. Does anyone know a place to go where I could het a hold of the right speakers for a relatively good price?
Sep 25, 2003 (10:22 am)
Get your self a Crutchfield catalog or better yet go to their web site (http://www.crutchfield.com). Plug in the year of the car and they will have every audio application from radios and CD players to speakers and adapters.
I found lots of items for my kids' 86 Mercury so you should have no problem with your Taurus
Sep 25, 2003 (12:32 pm)
Just for the heck of it, I checked my dealer's website and they had in stock a total of 15 Taurus SES's and SEL's that had the Duratec engine. Both 2003's and 2004's. The dealer you visited sounds pretty lame if they first don't even know the difference between the 3.0 Vulcan and 3.0 Duratec. I doubt if they even knew what stock they have on hand.
#2445 of 3389 Just bought Taurus
Sep 26, 2003 (12:48 am)
Have just purchased 2002 Taurus SE (Loaded exc sunroof) 19K miles and still under New Car Warranty for well under $12K. After owning a '97 Plymouth Breeze for a trouble-free 6 years and 74K miles (in spite of CR's warnings) I'm enjoying the added power and many extra features. Can finally beat fully loaded dump trucks away from stoplights. I have the Vulcan engine.
All of my cars (for the last 50 years) have been dealer serviced, whether new or used, except for a Hupmobile many years ago, and have found that although more costly it does pay off in the long run. My service interval is right at 3K miles for oil changes, filters and a general lookover by the mechanic.
Driving sensibly helps too!
I note from one posting that the oil consumption for the Vulcan engine is a pint every 1500 miles. Is this normal? Also, the manual advises only regular gasoline. I've used mid-grade (89 octane) for a very long time and am wondering if this higher octane will confuse the computer chip in the ECM?
Any helpful suggestions are most welcome.
#2446 of 3389 re:Just bought Taurus
Sep 26, 2003 (12:16 pm)
A pint of oil every 1500 miles is nothing to worry about (take a look at the Jetta board). I would also use 87 octane gas. Using higher octane gas gives you no benefit except a lighter wallet.
Sep 26, 2003 (7:02 pm)
I have Taurus with 130K miles with Vulcan that comsumes exactly 1q per 1500. I don't know about 19K miles for Vulcan, my new car has Duratec. When I bought it new it didn't consume oil at all, I am changing oil every 5K miles because driving mostly freeway in CA. But now at close to 19K it comsumes may be 1/4 q per 3K miles.