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Ford Taurus, Mercury Sable, Sedan
#999 of 3389 99 taurus se engine knocking conscerns...
Jun 11, 2001 (8:35 pm)
I'm a little disappointed ford's excellent v6 is too sensitive to engine knock on recommended 87 octane. The manual clearly says not to use premium, because It may actually degrade performance and one may experience Irregularities. It says right on the manual, can you believe this?
On level ground It may not happen at all, but some times It does a little. (any brand name gas). Where it happens a lot is uphill, especially on a long upgrade of about 9 degrees. Again depending on the gas, exxon, mobil, shell, etc. sometimes it could knock really bad. I have observed all late model taurus behave this way, usually passing by when driving along. I'm really annoyed and upset with this. because I think Ford doesn't have the technology to make an engine that is 100% knock resistant on 87 octane.
For example my other car a 1994 seville STS, the recommended octane is premium only, 91 octane or better. Well lately with increasing gas prices I have been mixing premium with regular, at one point I had about 2/3 regular & 1/3 premium, and it runs just the same as on premium only, with no noticeable degrade in performance or knocking.
Other than that the power is tremendous, very comfortable, the ergernomics are just right, I can power slide the seat on the track to be distant from the steering wheel. I can't do that with the cadillac. The seat stops too short, forcing me drive with the steering wheel geezer style.
I have been using the middle grade and kocking is almost non existant and especially on premium, this car feels like a v8 beast.
Any comments would be greatly appreciated.
Jun 11, 2001 (9:57 pm)
I think that you will need to get a different "insides" for your console. The inside of my console on my 2000 SEL has a special section where the ST-6 changer fits just right and it has a separate section for storage right next to it (vs. what I am guessing you have which is just one big open area). This separate section holds an extra 6 disc cartridge just fine with a little bit of room left over. Have fun running the cable from the changer back to the trunk though. I hope they sold you one long enough!
By the way, extra 6 disc cartridges for the ST-6 are about $75 at Ford. I got a bunch at Best Buy for $12.50 each. The one that fits is an AIWA model # MCD-MG55. It's a duplicate of the factory unit except it says AIWA instead of Ford!
#1001 of 3389 Minnesotaart Thanks
Jun 12, 2001 (6:43 am)
Thanks for your help!!!! Really appreciate it!
#1002 of 3389 Taurus Head Gasket Problems
Jun 12, 2001 (7:00 am)
I have a clean, loaded 94 Taurus wagon with the 3.8L engine and 95,000 miles on it. It just blew a head gasket. We followed the maintenance guidelines and have the records. We are the original owners. Does anyone have advice on getting Ford to cover the repair?
#1003 of 3389 Anyone use the x-plan pricing?
Jun 12, 2001 (8:17 am)
The timing looks right for a new Taurus and I'm eligible for x-plan pricing which is 4% over Ford Employees a-plan price. Don't know if I'm better off trying to negotiate or just asking for the x-plan price since I can't find any lists of what the price will actually be. Anyone experienced using x-plan pricing or know where I can get detailed lists of a-plan pricing?
#1004 of 3389 Head Gasket
Jun 12, 2001 (12:03 pm)
The warranty expired long ago. They are not going to cover it. In fact even if you had got an 100,000 exteneded warranty, you would have just made it assuming they would cover worn out gaskets. But then the head gasket probably would not have blown util 101,000 miles if you had bought the warranty.
Maybe if had blown 1 day after the factory warranty expired, Ford might have "thought about" covering it as a goodwill gesture.
#1007 of 3389 what is brake lamp switch recall 01s08? abs lite?
Jun 13, 2001 (9:19 pm)
does anyone know if for a 2000 se 24v, what the brake lamp switch recall 01s08 is about? My ABS dash lite sometimes stays on after startup, seems more likely in the afternoon after work sitting in the sun. Any relationship? The braking seems to work fine, always has been a bit soft for my taste. Thanks for any input on this.
#1008 of 3389 taurus2000sel - brake switch recall
Jun 14, 2001 (5:06 am)
Here is exact language from the recall:
Grease used on the adjustable pedal assembly may enter the brake lamp switch and contaminate the contacts. This may cause one or more of the following symptoms to occur:
- brake lights stay illuminated or are inoperative
- shift interlock disabled (will be able to shift out of "PARK" position without depressing the brakes)
- speed control will not activate
- cannot shift the vehicle out of "PARK"
- ABS warning light illuminates (on vehicles with ABS)
- battery discharged