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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan
#2975 of 3389 Pre Owned Bargains...
Aug 28, 2004 (1:48 pm)
Bought a 1993 taurus in '94 for about 10k. Including 75k extended warranty from ford. 150000 miles and still gets me to work. Have had minor problems in the last ten years but all in all a cost effective commuter. The low initial cost for a used one cannot be beat by the imports especially if you plan on being the last owner.
My last commuter was a 1982 Olds Omega It finally retired at about 270000 miles. Drove it to the junkyard on its own steam.
Taurus even gets 30 mpg on the highway.....
Oh What A Feeling....
I could be driving a civic or corolla for more money
Aug 29, 2004 (12:22 pm)
I have a similar problem, and when I took it into the dealership under warranty, they said it was due to ArmorAll getting into the vents when the dashboard is really hot (I live in the South, so by really hot, they mean well over 100 degrees). If you use ArmorAll, this may be the problem you are experiencing. Weird sounding, I know, but once the service technician explained it to me, it sounded plausible. The problem always disappears once the car cools down with the a/c.
#2977 of 3389 Time for a tuneup ???
Aug 29, 2004 (5:41 pm)
Hey All :
Started up my 2000 Sable LS to get the paper this morning and felt a loss of power half way to the store. This was followed by a flashing check engine light. I ended up putting in some fuel injector cleaner and the loss of power problem seems to have gone away ( clogged injector ?)
Anyhow, with 94,500 miles I'm guessing it's time for a tune up. Anyone have an idea how much my dealer will soak...er, charge me for the 100,000
job and what's involved. Any info will be greatly appreciated.
#2978 of 3389 Re: Jarring noise [upsetter1]
Aug 30, 2004 (5:35 am)
Could be something bouncing around in your glove compartment. Try removing everything from your glove compartment and see if the noise disappears. Sometimes just rearranging stuff in there will make a noise go away.
My 2000 Taurus is still rattle and squeek free, just past 40K miles a few weeks ago. The only rattles I have had so far are when the front sway bar links went under warranty and the front end clunked occasionally, but only could be heard at low speed over rough bumps.
#2979 of 3389 Re: Time for a tuneup ??? [shank6]
Aug 30, 2004 (6:41 am)
If you tell us what you have done, in terms of maintenance, so far then we can assist you better...
#2980 of 3389 Re: Time for a tuneup ??? [shank6]
Aug 30, 2004 (10:05 pm)
Just to change the spark plugs can range from $100-150 on the duratecs from the dealers i called. You can do it your self, it will take about 1 1/2 hours due to the rear 3 and having take off the plenum on the top of the engine. It is not hard. If the engine light stays on and gives a code 401 on ODBII, it is a bad DPFE sensor near the rear spark plugs which is common problem on the 00-01 duratecs. They are about $30-40 at the dealers and are easy to change.
Aug 31, 2004 (6:06 am)
Post 2980 could be right about that DPFE sensor being bad. I got a notice from Ford about a year ago that they were extending the warranty on this part on my 2000 SES Duratec. Not a recall, just extended warranty. Might be worth checking with a dealer whether yours is covered by extended warranty.
#2982 of 3389 Missed detail
Aug 31, 2004 (8:34 am)
Shank6 indicated, the CEL was flashing. If the light flashes, this indicates very serious problem and car should not be driven at all.
Spark Plugs and DPFE sensor are less likely to cause flashing CEL. They bring solid CEL. I replaced my DPFE sensor after P0402 code (excessive EGR) and light was solid in my case.
However, he should get his computer read by Autozone to determine what is going on.
Aug 31, 2004 (2:48 pm)
Thanks chicagosky and bangerfan. Last Sunday I removed glove compartment and looked under the dash. Tapping around I found that sound comes from SRS (it is the passenger air bag). Not from SRS itself but where SRS is attached to the dashboard. May be some junk between SRS box and dashboard bar. So far noice has gone, probably I dislodged the junk. I still had 100 miles of bumper to bumper warranty left, but felt uncomfortable to waste time in dealership because of such a minor issue. Well if jarring noice resumes in the future have to remove SRS to investigate.
#2984 of 3389 Time for a tune up and a coil....
Aug 31, 2004 (6:11 pm)
Well, nomorefords estimate was just about right. Cost for the tune up with Motorcraft platinum plugs was $175.00 at my shop up here in NH called Brake and Go. I trust the mechanic.
Unfortunately, the cylinder three misfire was the result of a slightly cracked coil on top of the plug according to the diagnostic. Replacement cost including labor $116.00.
My mechanic said the plugs were toast, but how does that happen to one of the plug coils ?. Bad gas, or maybe should have tuned it up sooner ? Any thoughts from anyone.