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#872 of 3389 Taurus Tranny Problems
Apr 27, 2001 (9:48 am)
Well, I first strated off with a 1990 Taurus wagon as my first car. I loved it. I bought a 1 year old 1998 Turus SE in Aug of 99 and it has been nothing but problems. Rattles clunks... I can handle all of that (I am a brit car guy). What I can't handle is the transmission problems. It has been in the shop 6 times for the EXACT same symptoms. Just before coming to a complete stop the darn thing gives a jolt that is quite irritating. It does this even worse when the a/c is on. I gave up on the dealre where I bought it and have taken it to a new dealer. The worked on it about 2 weeks ago and the jolt is back. It is going back in on mon 4/30 for a second look. They have replaces the clutch cylinder, clutch bands, and the brain box. I know a bit about cars having restored a few, and have been able to relay to the service techs what I think may be the problem (possible torque converter bug). This has been an awful experience. So much so that I am trading in my beloved taurus for a Grand Prix in June. I still like Fords and all, but I think I need s change of pace.
Regards to all,
#873 of 3389 iusecad - Blue Oval Certified
Apr 27, 2001 (1:11 pm)
When you asked about a dealer being Blue Oval Certified a few days ago, I was wondering if you thought that was good or bad. I went to a dealership yesterday that was Blue Oval Certified and don't think I'll buy there. They didn't really come up with a competive price. I'm curious what "Blue Oval Certified" is supposed to mean exactly. Does it mean that Ford Company certifies them above others?
Apr 27, 2001 (4:50 pm)
Blue Oval Certified
I don't think it's good or bad. When I asked woodge about his dealer, I kind of figured that it would be. But I wonder if his outcome would've been the same at a non-certified dealer...
#875 of 3389 iusecad - web page
Apr 27, 2001 (5:51 pm)
Thanks for the info. I also saw where to look up dealer inventory - something handy to know.
Apr 27, 2001 (8:04 pm)
I didn't even see that! I'm glad Ford finally did this; no more GM Buypower for me...
#877 of 3389 ezaircon4jc: 3.8 and head gaskets
Apr 27, 2001 (10:04 pm)
Yup, I had the head gaskets go on my 3.8 around 77,000 miles. Had it fixed with non-Ford parts and it was running strong as ever when I sold it with 110,000 miles on it.
The reason I mentioned a blower is because I saw a picture of a Taurus 2001 concept car with a blower, dual exhausts, etc. Just can't remember where I saw it.
#878 of 3389 Blue Oval Certified
Apr 28, 2001 (4:03 pm)
this is mere speculation for me, but is Blue Oval Certified the Ford equivalent of Chrysler's Five Star Dealer rating???...supposedly better service techs, yada yada yada, but if you read any Chrysler boards, they complain as much, or more, about the service they receive at 5 star dealers...most of the discussion will often revolve around the thought-provoking question...how did ### dealer EVER qualify for a 5 star rating??? you may be asking the same thing about ### Ford earning a Blue Oval...
#879 of 3389 Any 99' Problems?
Apr 28, 2001 (10:38 pm)
I'm looking at a 1999 Taurus SE with the Duratec 24V engine. They want $12,900 for it and it's got the remote entry, the better engine, a/c, power everything, and abs. Is this too much or too little? I had a 1993 Taurus GL with the 3.0L V6 and it was puny. It always seemed to be out of breath. We replaced the transmission on it at 45,000 miles and the power steering pump at 87,000 and the water pump at 100,000. Do the upper 90's models have any major quirks to be aware of? I've hard of the 96 models having transmission problems. Also, what is the Duratec motor like? Can you really feel the difference driving? I have yet to test drive it. I will be doing that on Monday. Any information would help.
#880 of 3389 Blue Oval Certified
Apr 29, 2001 (8:04 am)
As far as buying goes, I've only been to one dealership that was Blue Oval Certified. They wouldn't even offer a competitive price. I wondered if it was because they were Blue Oval Certified and felt they didn't need to compete. I would never buy a car based on the service given by Blue Oval Certified. That's too much of a gamble. I'll go where the best deal is.
#881 of 3389 a6chris
Apr 29, 2001 (10:12 am)
I'm not sure since I haven't been out pricing Tauruses with the Duratec engine, but you may be able to get a pretty good deal on a new Taurus. With the slowing economy, it's a buyers market. I've been out shopping for an LX and the market may be entirely different for the Duratec engine