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Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable Sedans Pre-2008

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  • slunarslunar Posts: 479
    You think you have problems, be glad your's aren't the opposite like these poor Audi A6 owners: http://www.carseverything.com/news/details.html?NewsID=02022

    I liked my 1996 & 1997 Taurus's. Both were empty with the gage needle just below the last mark. I could top them off and put over 20 gallons in their tanks and I never ran out. When the gage was below 1/4 it would fluctuate depending on grade. Nose down they read high, nose up readings were low so level ground was required for an accurate reading. However, a lot of drivers don't like a gas gage that indicates an empty tank with the needle just below the last mark, so due to complaints about running out the 1998's (& 1999's) were changed so when the needle was below the last mark you still have a good 4 gallons. I loved the gages on the 1996 & 1998's and hated the ones on the 1998 and 1999 cars I always ended up filling up when I could have gone another 80 - 100 miles.
  • tomcat630tomcat630 Posts: 854
    "...comments about the Impala...are offensive and
    grounded in little else but jealousy."

    Oh gosh, does a car actually have feelings? I get all kinds of cr@p for driving a Ford and I deal with it.

    These are just opinions about material objects, not religious beliefs. If someone thinks your car is "slumming", big deal, its just a car.
  • yurakmyurakm Posts: 1,345
    Car does not feel anything. But its owner(s) do.
  • keithwandkeithwand Posts: 23
    Just picked up my co. Taurus SES and having driven it 2,000 miles in 2 weeks took it to the dealer.

    I got a vibration at 80+ MPH and the car constantly wants to wander to the left in either lane. They balanced all 4 tires and did a 4 wheel align. This moved the steering wheel down a little on the left but the car still vibrates (less than before) at 80+ and the pull is still there.

    Could it be the Continental brand tires? Any other sugg. besides driving below 80?
  • reesejreesej Posts: 23
    Consider where you are ... This is a FORD board! I would expect the same flames in reverse being a Ford owner on a Chevy board. What's the big deal?
  • slunarslunar Posts: 479
    brh2: Sorry but IMHO the 2000 Impala is butt ugly. About the only thing that spoils the scenery more is the sight of a 2000 Monte Carlo. No jealousy here just calling them as I see them. The Lumina that the Impala replaced was attractive enough for a sedan, no complaints from me here. I still like the 98-99 Taurus body the best of any Taurus ever made including the 2000.
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    the 2000 impala is "slumming" from the standpoint that it really is a cheap looking car.

    Maybe fine for the sprint car crowd, or something. But man, you would never want to show up at a nice restaurant or social event driving one. Really, a night on the town in your IMPALA? Seriously, you'd get more style points in a Daewoo Laganza. Sadly, the Bonneville looks even more corny. Yet, the Grand Prix, Aurora, Regal and Intrigue have fabulous exteriors (only the Aurora has a nice interior).

    At least the 2000 Taurus can hold its own in more expensive company. A nice dark colored Taurus with a nice leather int. looks fine in the company of an A6 OR A8, or a Passat, or any other car like that you'd see at, say a private college on graduation day when all the rich parents go to see thier kids get a dipl.

    Even a Chrysler Concorde or Dodge Intrepid looks nicer, but they still looks a bit cheesy.
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    the 2000 impala is "slumming" from the standpoint that it really is a cheap looking car.

    Maybe fine for the sprint car crowd, or something. But man, you would never want to show up at a nice restaurant or social event driving one. Really, a night on the town in your IMPALA? Seriously, you'd get more style points in a Daewoo Laganza. Sadly, the Bonneville looks even more corny. Yet, the Grand Prix, Aurora, Regal and Intrigue have fabulous exteriors (only the Aurora has a nice interior).

    At least the 2000 Taurus can hold its own in more expensive company. A nice dark colored Taurus with a nice leather int. looks fine in the company of an A6 OR A8, or a Passat, or any other car like that you'd see at, say a private college on graduation day when all the rich parents go to see thier kids get a dipl.

    Even a Chrysler Concorde or Dodge Intrepid looks nicer, but they still looks a bit cheesy.
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    "really is a cheap looking car"

    like 90 percent of GM products.
  • cmletchcmletch Posts: 1
    I bought a 94 Taurus in 1995 and have had nothing but problems. I have had rear break problems that I have never been able to get fixed. The rotors wear out and the calipers don't retract and cause rubbing noises. Most recently I had the head gasket go out at 93K miles. Fortunately for me, Ford is covering this condition up to 100K miles or money toward purchase of another vehicle and I promptly dumped this car. The 94 - 95 models w/ 3.8L engines are notoriously known for blown head gaskets at low mileage (design defect).
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    where's all the posts?

    did someone say "darn" or something?

    Geez they let you say some naughty things on the napster message board.
  • sable93sable93 Posts: 107
    Well, I just realized the other day that I've had my '97 Taurus for 2 months. I loved it the day I got it, and I can honestly say that the feeling hasn't changed. While the 3.0L vulcan engine doesn't produce as much power as my previous Sable's 3.8L engine, it is definitely above adequate for all the driving I do. The interior is great, and I must say that I love the integrated radio and climate controls. It looks great, drives great, and I got it for a great deal. If Ford found ways to improve this car for the 2000 model, I think there is no reason why the Taurus shouldn't regain #1 spot in the next few years.
  • tractiontraction Posts: 141
    Wow....I guess the 2000 Taurus really has taken off. Ford reported record sales today for the Ford Taurus, 43,365 units. For comparison purposes, the Impala sold 15,522 units.
  • zhelderzhelder Posts: 40
    Sable93, I know the feeling. I have my '96 Taurus just over 2 months now as well, and the car is absolutely incredible. It's quiet, powerful (I have the Duratec engine), it rides like a dream and I love the interior.
    While I brought the car in for service an oil change a few weeks ago, I looked around the dealer at some other Taurus vehicles. The 2000 Taurus is very nice, but it doesn't appear to be all that different from the '96-'99 models. Also, I definitely think that the '96-'97 dashboard is the best looking Taurus dashboard of all time (even though it has been only about 15 years since we were blessed with this vehicle. )The styling is a lot nicer than the styling used in the newer (and older) models. The font is so much nicer, and I like having the numbers displayed in increments of 10 rather than in 20. Although the dashboard introduced in '98 isn't bad looking, I think the '96-'97 dashboard blows it away aesthetically. Does anyone agree with me?
  • beepersonbeeperson Posts: 1
    Yeah, I really loved the dashboard on my '96 Taurus too. Until the day I had a problem with the cassette player. The dealer had to remove the entire console and send it out of town to be fixed. Since it was mid-winter and I refused to be without by defroster so that I could see, the dealer relented and gave me a loaner for the time it took to get the consoled repaired, returned and replaced. I really loved the styling on the entire vehicle. They just didn't think it all the way through when they created a radio/climate control console as one unit.
  • taterstudtaterstud Posts: 1
    Folks...my 96 Taurus ran like a dream...but now.....At speeds like 60, 65 mph sometimes the rpm's will drop from 2200 to under 1000 then jump back up again for no reason. At deceleration sometimes coming to a stop sign or turning off an exit ramp with no foot on the gas, the RPM's will drop from 1000 to under 500 then jumb back up. I took it in for service, and they say that they put it on the computer, and drove it...and I got the dreaded "Sorry, we can not duplicate the problem". Any ideas here?
    Thanks!!
  • esposito1esposito1 Posts: 1
    Just picked up my new '00 Taurus SES on Saturday! Nice car, but a bit plain. Went w/the 24V motor and leather interior. Ordered the rear spoiler to give it a little more of a sporty look. Any suggestions about additional add on's. Why no dual exhaust? Can I do any mods w/out voiding warranty?
  • iusecadiusecad Posts: 287
    I have a '90 Crown Vic that did the same exact thing (I know they have nothing in common but...) it turned out to be the computer itself... the shop that finally fixed it said that ford electronics are the hardest (of the big 3) to diagnose because they only report codes when things go wrong. the others (apparently) display what all the sensors are sending in. just a thought.
  • slunarslunar Posts: 479
    taterstud: I had a similar problem with a 1991 Taurus when it was brand new. I went back & forth 4 times with the dealer with no satisfaction. Couldn't duplicate problem, they tried the throttle sensor, O2 sensor etc. I kept insisting that it was the computer but they wouldn't change it. Got the Ford regional rep. involved and we finally agreed that the computer would be replaced, but if it didn't fix the problem I'd have to pay for the computer. The computer change fixed the problem. We kept the car to about 60K then sold it to a neighbor who drove it to 135K without the problem never occurred again after the computer was changed.
  • regfootballregfootball Posts: 2,166
    The Taurus outsells the Impala because its a good looking car!

    I'm convinced most people buy cars based primarily on two criteria

    -looks
    -price

    as for price from what I've seen Tauruses can be had a bout 1000 bucks cheaper or more than most GM models.

    As far as looks, wouldn't most of America rather have a handsome 2000 Taurus than a confused looking Impala?
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