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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan
#727 of 3389 re bronsonb
Apr 05, 2001 (6:12 pm)
well about dealers, over priced and dont do enough for the buck. I just bought a 1997 taurus 43000 i just did a major service,coolant flush,trans flush/check, wheel rotate/balance, plugs, wires, injector cleaner, fuel filter.start fresh, stay well thats my opinion stay with the manual keep a good record of all you do to the car local shops are cheeper than dealer. you dont need proof of maintenance for warranty work . i never take my ford to the dealer for service just warranty work (mabey thats why it lasted so long ha ha ) larry
#728 of 3389 Hi Bronson...
Apr 06, 2001 (4:24 pm)
that yanking feeling sounds more like the opening scene from the movie Jaws!!. I'm not planning any transmission fluid changes or tune ups to my 99 DE in the near future. ( 34,982 and counting)The service departments are what keep the dealerships alive. They may tell you it's car sales, but I equate that to the bar syndrome. The foods' cheap cause the alcohol funds the profits. I do my own oil and filter changes on my Taurus every 6000, and I have a mechanic near me whose opinion I trust. I'm still on the same page as larryn2. When in doubt, consult..... the owners manual!!!.
Good luck buddy!!
#729 of 3389 Dealer service or independent shop
Apr 06, 2001 (4:48 pm)
I always took my cars to a shop that I trust. I
have the deepest mistrust about dealer svce depts
as I don't believe they do anything to deserve
to charge me high rates other than to meet their overhead. My mechanic, on the other hand, owns his shop and he used to work for Mercedes Benz in Germany. I've been going to him for the last 9 years. He doesn't work for free but doesn't overcharge me either. He just follows the manufacturer's service
schedule, calls me by my first name and really listens to me. Never had a problem with the three new vehicles I brought to him.
#730 of 3389 Service/When?
Apr 08, 2001 (6:19 pm)
The owners manual of my 97 GL, Vulcan states change trans fluid every 30k. I had it done at the dealership last time. They used the machine that gets all of it out.
I have 59k and the gas mileage is good. Not planing on changing the plugs yet. Basically I've changed brake fluid, oil and antifreeze since I bought the car. It's keep insurance.
I'd carefully weight not changing the trans fluid verse trans failure due to lack of maintenance!
#731 of 3389 trans service
Apr 08, 2001 (7:50 pm)
the trans guy that rebuilds the trans in the cop cars i work on, says the filters get pluged up from normal use and i should change them more offten so we change them at 20,000 miles thats 4 times per the cars life time. cheep ins. its going good so far. larry
#732 of 3389 2004 Taurus
Apr 09, 2001 (12:27 am)
According to this week's Automotive News (http://www.automotivenews.com), in the 2004, Ford will introduce a tall roof wagon with attributes of minivans and SUV's. It will be built in Ford's Chicago Taurus plant. At that time, Ford will build the Taurus (which is supposed to be redesigned for 2004) only in the Atlanta plant and will cut production of the Taurus/Sable in half. I believe that Ford sales are already too concentrated on trucks, and I am not sure if this is a good strategy.
#733 of 3389 iusecad - On the Engine Guide,...
Apr 09, 2001 (12:32 pm)
it shows the Vulcan having cast iron block and heads. That has pretty much been the deciding factor between a Taurus or Impala. The 3.4 L Impala has iron block with aluminum heads. Thanks again for info!
Apr 09, 2001 (6:23 pm)
wow. Good! I'm glad I could help.
I wish I could make up my mind.
The only thing stopping me is if I can give up having a truck. I know others who have gone from a truck to a car and are happy, but I have this nagging voice in the back of my head...
on Tuesday my truck gets $400 more in repairs. I spent $700 just before X-Mas soooo, maybe that'll shut that voice up!
#735 of 3389 iusecad
Apr 10, 2001 (6:50 pm)
I don't know anything about trucks as I've always owned cars but I imagine it would be a difficult transition. I was in a traffic jam on the interstate a few days ago and it took me over an hour to go a mile (to the next exit where I got off). All these trucks and SUV's were driving across the grass median to go in opposite direction. At that time, I wish I had a truck! I'd be afraid to try that in a car.
Anyway, good luck with your car woes.
#736 of 3389 Truck vrs Car
Apr 11, 2001 (6:35 am)
After driving trucks for the better part of 17 years (an 84 Toyota van, '87 Ford E-150, and a '97 E-150 Hi Top) my wife decided she'd had it with trucks. In Dec we ordered a 2001 Taurus SEL. We've had it for about 2 months now and we are very happy. We too agonized about making the transition and when we really analyzed it we figured there be about 6 or 7 days a year we'd miss the van. We decided we could live with that and went the car route.
The Taurus SEL is a great car and its a real pleasure to be driving a car that can go anywhere (even elevated parking structures) in style!
Good luck with your decision... look at it really hard and see if the truck need is really there... then make your decision.