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Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable Sedans Pre-2008

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  • Has anyone found a cheap(er) source for replacement cabin air filters? I checked with the parts dept. the other day and they quoted me a price of $31.95; lots o' cabbage for a paper filter. Mine was supposed to be changed 5000 mi. ago, but I took it out, vacuumed it, sprayed it down with lysol, and put it back in.
  • Title says it all...

    TB
  • ocdocd Posts: 7
    I am the proud owner of a 2001 Taurus SEL. I purchased it back in October. The car handles very well in the snow as the mid west is under a snow attack as of late. I enjoy the 24v Duratec engine. I have no problems to report with the car. I have about 1,500 miles on
    it now. Anyone else have a 2001 Taurus? How has your experience been?
  • When things changed over to the new format, I had a heck of a time finding the forum again....I'm back

    Don
  • I know this is kinda late, but, did you change the thermostat? Your problem may be a stuck 'stat. Been there, done that
  • I bought my 2000 SEL this fall right before the 01's became available, for just over 20k with tax. I'm pushing 5000 miles, about 75% interstate. It's no SHO, but the car feels like a 727 on liftoff when I shove the accelerator. The handling is superb (in rain, snow, and ice,) and the ride is comfortable and satisfyingly quiet: the only noise I consciously notice is the hefty drone from somewhere under the hood. Maybe you other guys are driving false SELs. I've had no trouble with the Mach sound system, power steering, brakes, or anything else for that matter. It's a great economy sports sedan, with ample bang for the buck. Incidentally, I also have a 96 Taurus GL that I've driven trouble free for these past 4 years. I take it from what I read here that I am the exception rather than the rule. Still, 2 for 2 on a controversial Ford product isn't bad, I'd say.
  • ocdocd Posts: 7
    I also have two Taurus'. I have a new 2001 SEL and a 1996 GL (with the touring package). Both of these cars have been excellent. I am very pleased with the reliability I've received from both of them. It's not too often you hear about the positive remarks in this kind of forum. I've had other ford products (Windstar/Explorer) and my Taurus' have been by far the most trouble free!
  • taurus2taurus2 Posts: 63
    I think Ford Taurus's are hard to drive. I have a 99 Camry and I love it. Well I was looking for an additional car so I checked out the '01 Taurus. I took it on a test drive and I had to press really hard on the gas to make it go. I felt like I had to have a lead foot to drive it. This really turned me off. Did any new 1st time Taurus owners experience this?
  • wkohlerwkohler Posts: 74
    Just bought a 2001 SES. Do not have to press any harder than on my Suburban or Plymouth. Perhaps sometime was binding.
  • I am a new to the car buying challenge and I saw a 1999 used basic Taurus SE 24v with 21k miles on it for $8,900. I was wonder if that was a good price? Is it same engine as the 2000 and 01 models. Also what is the Hp on it as well as 0-60 time.
  • Love my car, it has 80k miles and still runs like new. However, the wind noise for some reason has been bothering me lately. All the gaskets around the doors seem to be sealing, but it just seems louder than usual. Are any of you noticing this condition and have you done something to improve the situation?

    Thanks,
    Don
  • I purchased my 2001 SE sedan this month. I love it! It accelerates like a dream and the ride is very smooth. But my one problem also is that I'm hearing a hefty droning (humming noise) too from the under the hood. Doesn't seem to affect the smooth drive though. Overall, i am very satisfied with my new vehicle and i feel very safe in it.
  • cjack1cjack1 Posts: 2
    I have a choice on my company cars between a 2001 Ford Taurus and a Pontiac Grand Prix SE. I am leaning toward the Pontiac Grand Prix SE because of its looks but I have a '98 Ford Taurus that has been great. I am also 6'1" 220 so I comfort is #1 for me. Could anybody give me some feedback.
  • CHUXDAD-THE HEAT TO YOUR CAR IS CONTROLLED BY A VACUUM OPERATED VALVE IN THE ENGINE COMPARTMENT JUST BEFORE THE HEATER HOSE GOES INTO THE FIRE WALL. GET SOMEONE TO OPERATE THE CONTROLS WHILE YOU LOOK FOR MOVEMENT OF THE SMALL ROD COMING FROM THE VALVE. IT SHOULD MOVE AS YOU CALL FOR HEAT. YOU COULD ALSO PULL THE APPROX. 1/4" VACUUM HOSE OFF AND SEE IF THE ROD MOVES. IF NOT, TRY TO WIGGLE IT BY HAND. IF IT MOVES, CHECK THE HOSE FOR LOSS OF VACUUM. THE VACUUM IS DESIGNED TO EITHER HOLD THE FLAPPER VALVE CLOSED OR OPEN. THIS IS WHAT ALLOWS THE HOT WATER TO GET TO THE HEATER. IF THE ROD DOESN'T MOVE AND YOU ARE UNABLE TO FREE IT. YOU WILL HAVE TO REPLACE THE ENTIRE SELECTOR VALVE. MY 3 LITER MAZDA DEVELOPED A LEAK AND I HAD TO REPLACE IT. PART COSTS ABOUT $15. AT THE MAZDA DEALER. (IT CAME PACKAGED IN A FORD BOX)AND TOOK ABOUT 20 MINUTES TO REPLACE WITH VERY LITTLE LOSS OF ANTIFREEZE
  • sdysdy Posts: 2
    I am very glad to have gotten the SEL with the 24V engine, traction contol, etc. The car drives and handles well (even in the snow). My only problem so far has been the passenger and rear window controls occassionally don't light up at night. Could it be a loose connection?
    I also noticed that the steering wheel cruise control buttons don't light up at night. Is this right? The cruise buttons light up on my '97 Explorer and my friend's '98 F-150. What gives?
  • runmanrunman Posts: 3
    Recently purchased a new 2000 LX. Covered recall items after purchase included fuel module and fuel pump. No real problems as of yet during "break in" period. I have heard brake noises (squeals) are inherent with the model. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who is familiar with problem. Also welcome ANY feedback regarding the LX.

    Thanks in advance!
  • For SDY in message 596---

    Check and see if the passenger and rear door window switches are locked out.

    On my '98 SE, I once noticed totally by accident that the passenger and rear window switches' lighting goes out when the power window lockout (on the driver's door) is switched on. I guess the lockout is accomplished by cutting the power to the other three window switches, which kills the lighting as well as the ability to lower the window from those switches. It's actually kind of a nice feature. I don't recall anything in the manual stating that this occurs. If the 2001s work the same, and your lockout is engaged, there should be nothing wrong. If the lockout is NOT engaged, then, yes, I'd suspect loose connections.

    The buttons on the cruise in my '98 also do not light. Although the 2000-up steering wheels are different from my '98's, it's probably the same wiring, etc. You can use the indentations and raised sections to determine which button/section you are hitting.
  • I purchased a black 2000 SES-Taurus, 24V DOHC, in April 2000. I am an outside sales rep so I drive about 22K year. Today I have 16,500 miles on the car. 85% of the miles are for work. I added aftermarket leather (Nickle Interior) and a hands-free Nokia mobile phone kit ($300). I also had the windows tinted all the way around with medium Millenium Series Solor Film, a must for a black car in So. Cal.
    Here's my take on the car:
    I chose this car over the 2000 Honda Accord 3.0L-EX because of price. I paid $21,117 out the door for the Taurus(including leather upgrade) v/s the Accord at $24,800 out the door. I financed the entire $21,118 at 4.9% for 5 years - $398.36 month
    No problems at all with the car. Drives great on freeway and o.k. on city streets. Average 21 MPG.
    I'm 6'1 and the pwr driver seat allows me to go back further than the psngr. seat - wish I had a pwr psngr seat too!. Trunk space is great too when you need that bit of extra room. The only negative is the rapid depreciation. Poor plastic quality is noticeable and gap tolerances are not very tight, cheap looking..you know.
    Today my car is worth $13,778 trade-in and only $14,865 private party. V/S the Accord with 16.5K miles would be worth $17,766 trade-in and $19,137 private party. You can count on the first year the Taurus will depreciate 30% v/s the Accord at 20%.
  • If you can afford it and have the extra cash now I suggest the Honda Accord EX-3.0L Sedan over the Taurus, especially if you purchase the Accord. The resale on the Accord v/s the Taurus in 3-5 years will more than pay for the extra $3,700 it will cost for the Honda. And...you will not have all the little annoyances Taurus owners have. You do get what you pay for. Next time I'm getting the Honda.
  • The only Honda I've owned is a Civic. It was VERY tinney and VERY cheap feeling. OTH, I've had 4 Sable's, my latest a '96 LS with the Duratech. We have just shy of 100k on the odo with nary a problem. One doesn't buy a car as an investment anyway. Resale is only what someone else will pay for the vehicle. Try visiting the Honda forum and see that they aren't the utopia of autodom. EVERY car/company can and does have problems. The aforementioned Civic had a speedo that was 10% off, on the fast side. Not good when the miles actually driven are less than recorded! I'll take my '96 Sable LS over any Accord, in any catagory, any day!
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