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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan
Dec 19, 2003 (12:24 pm)
I have a 2002 Taurus SEL with 104,000 miles on it (all mine from east coast sales territory). My oil pressure lite came on in Atlanta a few weeks ago but only at idle. The Ford dealer there said the pressure was OK but put on a new "sending unit" to the tune of $209. Two hours away from Atlanta the lite came back on. I had it checked here at home (PA) and they told me it needed a new oil pump. That was another $1800 (had to pull the engine to install). Was I ripped off?
#2594 of 3389 Manual
Dec 20, 2003 (9:16 am)
Not everything is the manual, but since there is an index and table of contents, it's not as if you have to read every line of every page cover to cover to find out.
#2596 of 3389 driverbern
Dec 20, 2003 (2:29 pm)
There's a fine line between "ripped off" and "poorly diagnosed". Did you try asking for a refund on the sending unit replacement? It certainly would be tough to deal with a dealer that far away, but with documented ammo from your local dealer you might have enough firepower. What engine do you have? I know hindsight is rude and obnoxious, but you could have put a rebuilt Vulcan in for not too much more money.
#2597 of 3389 2000 Taurus LX
Dec 21, 2003 (6:22 pm)
I have a 2000 Taurus LX that comes standard with just a am/fm radion player. I want to know different options for putting in a cd player, I could care less about a tape deck. I don't want them to install a cd-player with the "filler kit" or whatever they call it, they look weird. Is it possible to get a cd changer, I'm not sure if the factory radio in there is compatible.
Thanks for the help
#2598 of 3389 CD changer
Dec 21, 2003 (7:37 pm)
You can get a CD changer installed from the dealer that works from the stereo controls if there is a button marked "CD" on the stereo.
You can also get an adaptor that takes the CD changer input and converts it to an auxiliary audio input so you could plug anything you want (such as an IPOD, XM radio or portable CD player) and have it play through the factory stereo without resorting to an FM antenna or cassette adapter. This will also give you much clearer sound than using those other two methods.
It is super easy. You don't even have to pull out the radio from the dash because everything is in the trunk underneath the trunk liner in the left rear fender well.
You plug RCA cables into the CD changer adaptor and have the cables run from the trunk to the front seat for convenience and you simply plug it into the headphone jack of the portable device (MP3 player, XM or whatever). You then plug the device into one of the power ports so you don't have to rely on battery power.
When you want to hear the device you simply press the "CD" button on the radio either once or twice depending on whether the car had a built in single disc CD and then you will hear the music playing from the portable device.
This is better than a 6 CD changer that you would have to keep going to the trunk to swap CDs.
The AUX adaptors are available at multiple retailers online and maybe some local stereo shops.
#2599 of 3389 should I get a Taurus?
Dec 23, 2003 (10:14 pm)
I recently purchased a new Chevy Impala. I have a 97 Jeep Grand Cherokee that is having more problems every other day. I always like having two cars, and I was wondering if I should get a Taurus after my Jeep turns into scrap metal. They are very solid and well built. I love their design and they are comfortable. Should I buy a Taurus SEL? The Ford Futura is supposed to be coming out next year or something, so I don't know if I want a Taurus. I love the newTauruses, but I don't like having cars that are going to be removed from the market the next year. What should I do?
Dec 24, 2003 (7:08 am)
Taurus is a good buy, I recommend Duratec engine. I have Vulcan, I feel it lacks power time to time. But Vulcan is more reliable than Duratec. And buy used...
#2601 of 3389 9 months with a 2002 Taurus
Dec 25, 2003 (1:08 am)
I bought a 2002 SES New in March03. Here are my comments after about 9 months
-Good value: paid $15,370 for new 2002 with leather, 24V, ABS, Side Air Bag, power pedals- everything but 6 disc CD, moonroof, and auto climate control. A comparable camry would likely have run me 23K or so.
- Duratec - plenty o' power , especially on the hwy where 60 to 80 happens real fast
- Bucket Drivers seat with manual lumbar is comfortable for me, and its a big seat
- Tons of headroom
- adjustable pedals lets U change the angle of your leg on a long drive, lets wife sit farther from airbag
- firm ride. While bumps can register, the car always feels in control. Such a contrast to a Buick I rented recently
-dashboard reflects glare
-low end interior materials and switchgear but what do ya want for 15.4K
-no headrestraints on back seat
depreciation -- amazing how little a one can get for a 3yr old taurus. If I have to sell before 5 years, a lot of my cost advantage will be lost. I plan to hold the car into its dotage tho. Still I lose some flexibility here
- large turning circle. A minor item
- the heavily sloped windshield tends to make one feel like the car has less headroom than it actually does
- the front passenger seat could go back farther, it tend to feel a bit more cramped than it should (I am 6'4") There must be a reason for this, as there is plenty of space behind the seat
- short range. I am getting 19-22mpg and with the 18 gallon tank, my fillups come too often. My 5sp '94 camrywith a 18.5 gallon tank spoiled me. I got 28-29mpg and would usually go 430miles between fill ups.
Agree/disagee? Please add your comments.
#2602 of 3389 Addition to that
Dec 25, 2003 (11:05 am)
If you buy one, you'll be impressed by how that car put together.I mean no ding, ping, squeaks, no wind noise, very solid.