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Ford Freestyle, Ford Taurus X, SUV
#7459 of 7481 Re: Taurus x brake issue [chrisptown1]
Jan 30, 2010 (4:23 pm)
I have a 2008 Taurus X Ltd. FWD. The brakes on it are very sensitive and only need a very light touch. That may feel like more travel?
When I once drove my wife's Ford Freestar minivan, by comparison I thought the brakes were bad because I needed so much more force. I had the Freestart checked out and everything was good.
It's easy to miss the pedals, especially with a big foot. I'm 11.5 myself. I find that when I brake hard I need to be belted up good with the other foot firmly on the floor, otherwise my weight going forward will slam on the brake too hard.
Sorry about the porch. Could have been worse. You could have had a Toyota family killer gas pedal.
#7460 of 7481 Re: Taurus x brake issue [chrisptown1]
Feb 01, 2010 (9:56 am)
we had a defective brake master cylinder on our 05 FS causing the brake pedal to go down pretty far. i had the same issues with hitting the gas pedal. the cylinder was replaced under the (extended) warranty and it's better with a solid and well defined brake point.
while the engine is running put some pressure on the pedal with your foot and see if the pedal slowly goes down to the floor. and test if the point when the pedal has a firm feel goes up if you pump the pedal (i.e. apply pressure a few times in a row). that's how i realized that something is wrong.
#7461 of 7481 Re: Taurus x brake issue [carstenb]
Feb 01, 2010 (2:20 pm)
thanks for your help . i knew i wasn't going crazy. part of the problem for me is we have a '02 buick pa that i also drive. it has 1) more space between gas and brake pedal. 2)pedal is larger. 3) pedal goes travels a little and remains firm.) i am am going to talk to dealer on this. thanks again for your speedy reply.-chrisptown.
#7463 of 7481 Re: Quality Report [bobw3]
Mar 19, 2010 (4:10 pm)
Thanks for the JD Powers report showing Freestyle as above average in dependability. That agrees with Consumer Reports surveys for dependability.
I was surprised to see the Freestyle beating the Nissan Murano and the Honda Pilot. I thought Japanese makes were supposed to be more dependable. And I hear Japanese cars never accelerate unexpectedly either. Go figure.
May 07, 2010 (12:43 pm)
I just bought a 08 Taurus X, I love it. HOWEVER...when you go over bumps, has anyone else noticed how noisy it is and how rough? Is that something that is standard with this car or (with my luck) is it only mine? Luckily, the Pirellli tires were the first thing the dealer took off the car before I bought it lol. Please help if you can! Thanks!!! (by the way, not sure where that pic of the lovely junker to the left of my post came from...its NOT mine lol!)
#7465 of 7481 Re: Very noisy [mstire1]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
May 07, 2010 (7:56 pm)
Did you check the tire pressures and compare them against the sticker on the door jamb?
(and the clunker photo just shows up when you are in the Post box).
#7466 of 7481 Re: Very noisy [mstire1]
May 07, 2010 (8:25 pm)
My Taurus X is so quiet that the loudest noise is from the tires. The Pirelli tires are particularly bad. I needed to turn up my stereo so loud it hurts, just to overwhelm the road noise.
So I looked for a very low noise tire when they were replaced last month. I ended up with a Hankook H418 that is a world of difference. MUCH quieter.
Now with the Hankook tires, the car is almost dead silent even at 70 MPH. I used to dread rough roads, but now barely hear anything as I roll over the worst roads.
And the Hankook H418 is one of the lowest priced tires too. The ratings at Consumer Reports aren't the best, but the tires seem to handle great for me, and I care most about their quietness, which is so blissful now.
#7467 of 7481 Re: Very noisy [steve_]
May 09, 2010 (3:04 pm)
I did right when we got home from the dealership. However I am no so sure that the noise IS from the tires, it almost sounds like something in the front end is loose. The noise it makes is almost like a low sounding clunk. It does it in the back too, however I thought this might be if the spare tire in the back isn't bolted down tight enough, but I am not sure now. lol If it ever stops raining long enough for me to get out and take a good look, I might know more.
#7468 of 7481 Remote car starter
Jun 10, 2010 (9:12 am)
Does anyone know if a remote car starter will work with this car...if so is there a specific brand that is better than others? I live in Wisconsin, gets cold here lol, no garage so I want a starter if one will work. I have read that certain ones will not work if you have certain things in your engine. HOWEVER....I don't know enough about engines to make that determination.
Any info would be extremely helpful!!!