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Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable Sedans Pre-2008



  • The bset thing to do is get a 1 year old car to save the first year drop in value.

    The old saying "a car loses $1000 when you drive it off the lot" is outdated. Now, a car loses $2000 or more!!

    A Taurus at least doesn't lose as much $$ as a Lincoln or Caddy. Those lose $10-115K the 1st year.
  • I have a 99 SE. The other day I pulled my cell phone cord out of the lighter and "pop", out came the whole lighter. I can't seem to find a way to remove the whole ashtray assembly (not just the piece to empty the ashes) so I can get to the cable to reattach the lighter. Does anyone know how to do this?
  • oxx93oxx93 Posts: 67
    looked at both vehicles--taurus was easier to obtain due to the financing--both are very nice cars---very happy with the taurus-2001 ses-just turned 2000 miles-one nit-picking item--has anyone noticed that unless the steering wheel is straight the turn signals will not stay on?
  • iusecadiusecad Posts: 287
    that seems to be a Ford thing...
  • Hi oxx93,
    I noticed the same problem, but mine is like
    the signal switch won't stay if the steering
    wheel is at the opposite direction (eg. you
    want to keep the switch at 'LEFT' while you want
    to turn 'RIGHT'). It happens to my Taurus because
    I need to make a sharp left turn right after
    I move out my garage, which is a sharp right
    turn. Most of the time it's okay to me.
  • Just bought an '01 SE. It has been 18 years since I've had a Ford,(T-bird as a young single), and it feels great to be in a good car again. I've had 2 compacts, (Corolla - not too bad, Cavalier - yuck), a 4 cyl Dodge minivan, and a Dakota truck since then. After testing several Intrepids, I tested the SE upon advice from a friend, and was immediately won over. I traded my 2 year old Cavalier, getting 7K for it - reliable car but just could not subject myself or my now 6'1" son to it anymore. I got the SE for $14,400, and it has 12,000 miles. She is a beautiful dark blue with tan interior. Only lacks the CD changer, which I will get later. I must return it to the dealer tomorrow for better wheel balancing - I noticed a vibration in the steering wheel during braking from 50 mph, but not from less than that. I figure that must be it since they just put new Firestone Affinity's on it (the one's everyone is griping about - lucky me). But, I love this car's ride and handling. I feel very safe in it. The best thing is that my insurance actually goes down with this car by $16.00 per month!!
  • I agree the Taurus is initially a good value but if one's car requirements change five years later then selling the car makes sense. I should not have to keep my Taurus simply because I cannot afford to sell it! Could Ford make some effort to insure a reasonable resale value?
  • vince4vince4 Posts: 1,272
    Get used to the shaking steering wheel. I have the same thing and the dealer said the rotors are within spec so they balanced the front tires. It helped but didn't eliminate the problem. I'm hoping the rotors will go a little more out before the warranty does. This seems to be a chronic Taurus problem, why I can't understand. Let us know what happens with yours.

    P.S. I can give you info about the CD changer if you are interested. I added an aftermarket (Kenwood) unit to mine and it works great.
  • First, tighten each of the five lugs a different tightnesss.

    Then, make several hard stops from 60+ to 0

    Finally, spray some cold water on your very hot rotors.

    I bet you will have severely warped rotors in no time 8^)

  • riswamiriswami Posts: 192
    Do anything about resale value. That is set by the market. Also large numbers of Tauruses coming from the rental car market. Do you think Ford should stop Fleet Sales?

    The used car market is set by demand. Like other people have said on the board - either buy new and hold em for ten years or buy one year old and enjoy the savings.

    I bought a former rental car. Have had it for 3.5 years and have no complaints. Solid car at a good price. Is it perfect? Nope, but I can live with it very easily thank you.
  • mad0865mad0865 Posts: 176
    Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done about it. There are thousands of Ford Taurus/Merc.Sables out on the roads these days, so in order to make them affordable their resale value lowers. We have our '98 SE and love it. Still drives smooth with great pickup and good mileage. At 70,000 miles (was a previous GM owner) this car has been nothing less than spectacular. She takes us on all of our family vacations, back and forth to work and not one hitch. Mind you regular maintenance is a total must. Two words to describe it: Solid & Dependable.

  • I wholeheartedly agree. I bought a '95 Taurus from my company in '96 for $8500. The mileage was 45000. The last 5 years have been practically trouble-free. The car has 110000 miles now and is still going strong. If mine is typical, these are solid dependable cars.
  • riswamiriswami Posts: 192
    some positive post. Just by the lack of activity on these post you can determine that the Taurus is reliable.
    I'm looking into a wagon when my 93 Escort Wagon dies. That may take awhile.

    I'm pretty religous when it comes to maintenance, so I'm hoping my Taurus ages well!
  • mad0865mad0865 Posts: 176
    While I have the sedan without any problems, a co-worker of mine bought the Sable wagon fully loaded; He complained to the dealer that he was feeling a slight skip in the transmission and the dealer replaced the whole thing (their suggestion). Is Ford/Mercury that willing to replace than troubleshoot a problem? Not sure.

    Our company uses a lot Ford Taurus/Dodge Intrepid as company cars, and everyone of the Taurus owners that I spoke to said to leave the trans alone and not get the trans tuneup that Ford suggested. BTW, all of those owners had trans troubles (don't need to be rocket scientist to figure that one out). I've been getting my trans tuned up at about every 30,000 miles (trans fluid drained thru the catalytic converter, not with the filter replacement) and have not had one single problem. Not one. Ford states those maintenance requirements for a reason. To maintain the vehicle.

    People who complain about lousy Ford transmissions (98 and later, no comment / experience about earlier) are not following the recommended maintenace schedule. My only major complaint is the "General" tires they put on the car when I purchased it off the lot. After they were worn, went to my mechanic who put on Bridgestones, car drove much smoother (not that it didn't drive smooth to begin with). Rotate often, and get the 4wheel thrust alignment every 10 to 15,000 miles and good to go.

  • riswamiriswami Posts: 192
    have had complete tranny fluid drains at 30 and 60 thousand miles.

    I know a mechanic at a Ford Dealership. He says the samething as ma0865. The tranny filters clog up when the fluid isn't drained. My mechanic says you should change the tranny filter at 90k. Nothing in the owner's manual, which leaves a lot to be desired anyways.

    Don't understand why people will pay good money for a car and not maintain em. Then they complain when it breaks. What do they expect?
  • Shimmy in the steerling wheel seems to be a result of bad rotors, imagine that! The service dept transferred the car to their sister, Ford dealership. They could not work on it today so I have an appt on Mon. Let you know if they managed to fix it. Vince4, yes please let me know about the car stereo, I want as much advice as I can get. I do love this car even with the problem, this will be my 3rd Ford. I had forgotten about the Fairlane Futura I owned in '79, my very first car!!
  • After 4 Sables (the current, a '96 with 103k), I've found the way to avoid this chronic issue is to buy a good set of aftermarket rotors. I've had good service from NAPA rotors. When I need them again I intend to get slotted ones. The factory size is too small for the car. Slotted rotors should dissipate heat quicker.
  • Thanks for the advice. I was wondering about after market rotors, but you are the first to mention this. I simply could not believe that after reading about this chronic problem on this board - I go buy a Taurus and it happens to me immediately, with only 12K miles!! I remember my ex using NAPA for all aftermarket products, and I will remember to buy slotted. You would think by now Ford would know about this and start installing something better suited to the car.
  • Ford is planning to cut Taurus?Sable production by 2004, when the new "Sport Wagon" comes out. One of the Taurus plants will make this wagon.

    They want to cut the number of cars sold to fleets to try to rasie the resale values,
  • Hi everyone,
    I just bought a '01 Taurus SEL about two months ago. Now I have some scratches on my right front bumper. I am wondering if any Taurus owners have ever repair their paint chips/scratches by themselves using Ultra Touch Prep, etc., mentioned in the Manual page 217. Mine is with Silver Frost exterior. The major two defects are each about 1/4 the size of a penny. There are also 3 thin shallow linear scratches. Or do you just go to dealer's body shop to make them up? I really appreciate your answers because it's a relatively new car and I hope it can be as pretty as possible.
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