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#1 of 71 2008 and Newer Ford Taurus / Mercury Sable Maintenance and Repair Forum
Jun 16, 2008 (9:40 am)
This is where owners of the current model of Taurus or Sable can discuss maintenance and repair experiences with their vehicles, from 2008 and later.
#2 of 71 I'll kick this off...
Jun 17, 2008 (11:08 am)
I have a 2008 Taurus with only 3k miles on it, and the only thing that remotely bothers me about the car is that it is a little reluctant to kick down into a lower gear. My question is this - since this engine/transmission combo is shared across several vehicles, (Taurus, Taurus X, Edge, Flex, CX9?), is it possible to have the shift program from a different vehicle flashed into this one? I have no idea if the Edge or other vehicle has a more responsive shift pattern, but I'd be interested in finding out. The likelyhood of me actually doing this is remote, but I thought I'd ask.
#3 of 71 2008 Taurus shifting patterns
Jun 21, 2008 (8:43 am)
You can report the shifting hesitation to your dealer, there may be a software update for the trans. I just had the software in my Fusion updated and it shifts much better now.
#4 of 71 New Sable
Jun 22, 2008 (4:56 pm)
Just picked up a new Sable Premier AWD a few weeks back. Has all the options, except rear seat entertainment option. Car runs great. Definately love the new 3.5V6. Traded a loaded Milan in for the Sable. Milan handles somewhat "Crisper". Size does make a difference here. Only issue I have... At bottom of trunk lid is a "satin" chrome strip. Milan has this as well. On the Sable water gets under it & when you open the trunk, it leaks into the trunk. A friend suggested putting a thin "beading" of clear silicone chalking at the top of the strip to keep water from getting in. I think it sounds like a good idea. Just have to make the "beading" very thin so as not to appear obvious. Any thoughts here?
#5 of 71 Re: New Sable [keithm1]
Jun 25, 2008 (1:42 pm)
Actually replying to my prev. message.Went to the dealer to pick up touch up paint I ordered. Showed them the trunk molding that was an issue. They will remove it & either put a new adhesive strip or replace the part. It's adhered by a "sticky" strip similer to side molding, except the strip is somewhat wider. Not a major issue by any means, just don't like the trapped water going into trunk when it's opened.Also feel that water "trapped" that way could allow rust to form over a period of time.
#6 of 71 Oil Life Monitor
Jun 28, 2008 (8:32 pm)
Is there an oil life monitor in the new Taurus? My folks just bought their car, but won't pick it up until Monday, and are curious about the oil change intervals. Our Hondas have a monitor that counts engine RPM and monitors engine conditions to determine when oil changes should be done. Does the Taurus have anything like this? If not, what are the recommended intervals?
Also, is there a timing belt, or timing chain?
#7 of 71 Re: Oil Life Monitor [thegraduate]
Jun 29, 2008 (6:11 am)
Oil replacement should be every 7500K. Less if you do mostly innercity(4000 or so)
The 3000K change recommended by Jiffy Lube etc. only enriches their registers.When I get a new car...within a week I get the oil changed to Mobile One(or other great synthetic)As to the timing belt/chain...Honda(most foreign)makes use a belt. It may be quieter, but never lasts as long as a chain. Just another reason I always buy US. Had a friend with an Accura at 65K, his timing belt broke at 70mph. Needless to say he spent over $1500 fixing the car. When was the last time you heard of a timing chain breaking?
#8 of 71 Re: Oil Life Monitor [keithm1]
Jun 29, 2008 (8:13 am)
The timing belt broke at 65k? I have never ever heard of a timing belt breaking. Change intervals are usually 90k or later these days anyway. As for my '06 Honda and my folks' 2007 Honda, they're both chains. Only Honda V6 engines have belts, not the I4 engines (the biggest sellers). Anyway, thanks for the chain info for the Taurus.
My Honda has special engine-oil additives from the factory that need to stay in the engine for the full duration of a typical oil change; they help collect the tiny shavings from the engine breaking in. Can someone tell me if this is the case for the Taurus also?
#9 of 71 Re: Oil Life Monitor [thegraduate]
Jun 29, 2008 (6:38 pm)
Yeah, we're going back to 1993. I think it was the Integra. That was really just a gussied up Accord. Much smaller than the Accords of today. Belts on the Hondas are good for 105K. So they say.
#10 of 71 Ford break in period
Jul 22, 2008 (3:06 pm)
Ford does not have a break in period. However it is recommended that you do not drive at a constant speed for long periods of time during the first 1,000 miles.