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Ford Taurus, Electrical, Sedan
#1 of 43 2001 Taurus Owners
Jan 13, 2002 (10:42 pm)
I'm considering purchasing a 2001 Ford Taurus SES. Are there any owners out there with advice on potential mechanical problems I should look out for?
Jan 14, 2002 (11:59 am)
Ford transmissionsa are not the strongest. However, regular changes of the transmission fluid helps a lot. I would recommend changing at 15k and replacing with synthetic. If you do a complete change with syn then it can be changed out every 30,000 miles. Lubegard also helps reduce acids and tranny oil temps and is recommended. This is according to my Mazda mechanic. Remember that for years Mazdas have used Ford Transmissions.
Change brake, power steering fluid every 30K. I add Lubegard power steering additive also.
#3 of 43 ford taurus
Jan 14, 2002 (4:41 pm)
if you buy this vehicle,get the extended warranty.you will need it.in addition to tranny problems,air conditioning and front suspension problems are common.they happen often enough to drive anyone to drink.
#4 of 43 I'd recommend
Jan 14, 2002 (7:15 pm)
you read the post in the Taurus/Sable thread in Sedans and the same post in Maintenance and Repair.
I have a 97 with 65k. Car has been very reliable. Some posters are either complainers or/not vey knowledgeable.
The Taurus isn't perfect, but what is? If you're getting a good deal and like the car then go for it.
Jan 15, 2002 (2:14 pm)
I'm changing the title of this topic to make it of more general interest to Taurus owners, or to those who know about Tauruses (Tauri?)
#6 of 43 Later model Taurus
Jan 18, 2002 (9:08 pm)
Is it true that later model (post 2000) model Taurus are much improved in terms of reliablity?
#7 of 43 Intermittent failure to start
Jan 20, 2002 (7:17 pm)
My mother has a 99 Taurus with about 30k
miles on it. The engine will turn over but
won't start, then all of a sudden for no apparent
reason it will start up. She had one mechanic look at
it, scratched his head for a couple of hours
then it just started up all of a sudden. The next
time it happened she brought it to the dealer
and it started up for them and they couldn't
find anything wrong.
I haven't been able to determine under what
conditions it happens, but I think each time
the engine was cold (Minnesota cold not just
Any ideas would be appreciated.
#8 of 43 Brown Coolant in 97 Taurus
Jan 24, 2002 (7:15 am)
I had my oil changed this past weekend, and noticed that my coolant was nearly depleted. So I refilled the coolant, ran the engine and checked again. I found the coolant had turned to a brownish color.
After doing a bit of research, I found that there was a general recall issued to install a cooling system by-pass installation kit. Being the second owner of this car, I was never notified. I'm going to flush the radiator, but I'm starting to worry that there might be a head gasket problem.
Have any other of you Taurus/Sable owners experienced this problem? Did you get the recall work performed?
I learned that this is a problem only on 96 & 97 Taurus/Sables. They probably changed the design beginning in 98.
Any help/experiences would be appreciated.
#9 of 43 This is a duplicate subject as shown by the last entry.
Jan 24, 2002 (11:08 am)
consolidate it into Taurus repair and maintenence.
Jan 24, 2002 (8:30 pm)
I have a 1996 Sable (same car) I had the coolant go brown you should not be consernd about the head gasket my car has been fine. I even had them replace the coolant overflow with a new one. I have had not one problem in the 6 years I have owned this car it has been great. I would flush the cooling sys. and keep an eye on it. I bought the first one my dealer got too. My car came off the line in 1995! I was a little scared about beeing one of the first ones but no problems...Good luck