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You are in the Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable
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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan
#901 of 3389 snowman
May 02, 2001 (4:58 pm)
Actually, I haven't bought a Taurus yet but plan to in another week or so. I can't really say about the transmissions on the Taurus. Consumer Reports has 2 different places where it rates the transmission. One place give the Taurus a 5 out of 5 rating. In the other place it give a 4 out of 5 rating.
Here are a couple of web pages that may help you:
The web page for Ford is for 1999 engines.
May 02, 2001 (8:46 pm)
Unless Ford has redesigned the transmission for the 2000 models, it has the same transmission as the '96-'99 models, which is not a good thing.
As for avoiding GM for squeaks and rattles, your Taurus must be very different than mine (a '97 with more and more rattles and squeaks and popping sounds every day.) I'd expect this from a $9K new low-end Hyundai, but not a car that is 4 years old and originally cost $20K.
#904 of 3389 Information on 6 Disk CD Changer
May 02, 2001 (9:26 pm)
After reviewing several earlier posts, I am planning to acquire the Ford ST-6 disk changer from radioandthings.com and do the installation myself. A question: will the wiring harness ($41) also be required on my 2000 Taurus? I read where the wiring was under carpet on wheel. Can I assume that the harness would run from the changer to the wheel well area?
#906 of 3389 power seats
May 02, 2001 (10:39 pm)
Does the 6-way power driver seat have a manual override? I'm mostly looking at LX's but if I wind up buying an SE with power seats, once the power seat breaks (when out of warranty), that's not something I'd want to spend money on to fix. It's just my luck that I can't find an LX in my two color preferences.
I'll have to weigh out color preference over money. Since I hope to get 10 years out of the car, I'd like to get a color that I like.
#907 of 3389 Power Seats/Speakers
May 03, 2001 (7:16 am)
RE Power Seats... No, no manual over ride on our 2001 Taurus. If it makes you feel any better, 2 months ago we sold out 89 Taurus wagon to a young guy here at work. Lots of stuff was going on the car but after 12 years the driver's power seat still worked like a charm! I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.
Regarding the speakers.... get a Crutchfield catalog (they do have a web site you can look at) and check out the speakers. If you order from them they do a very good job and send you great instructions for any instalation...speakers, radios, amps, etc and they know what adaptors you need to make the job easy and also will tell you what will fit. The catalog is a great resource even if you don't order from them.
May 03, 2001 (7:25 am)
Thanks for all the info Stnel, I think I'll take Ford out from my list, particularly after I read www.blueovalnews.com, gmpowertrain is very good too.
#909 of 3389 fdthird and snowman
May 03, 2001 (7:45 am)
fdthird - If I wind up with power seats, I won't worry about it then. My third color choice is Royal Blue. All the car lots seem to have that color in the LX. I like the color but living in such a hot climate, I may regret going with a dark color around the middle of summer. I've driven white cars for 20 years and need a change though.
snowman - Good luck on finding a car. The only info I have on engines is for GM and Ford. Don't know about Chrysler and the foreign cars.
#910 of 3389 CD changer, 99 Duratec
May 03, 2001 (8:02 am)
Yes that is correct. The harness is a wiring converter basically. It will plug into the cd changer and then you will need to unplug the radio control harness from the receiver (rear drivers side in trunk) plug in the purchased harness to the receiver and then plug the radio control harness into the cd changer harness. Basically the cd changer harness will go between the receiver and radio control wires coming from the dash. I hope this made since. I am not sure if the 2000 model has the same radio but this works for 96-99 models. It is a lot easier than it sounds.
I still love my Duratec. I have driven a 96 vulcan, I can not beleive the difference. Very much worth the extra money.