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Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable Wagons
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Second thing, if it is a 3.8 liter I'd proceed with caution. There is a ton of information on head gaskets on these boards. In addition I know of at least three people who've had head gaskets replaced on that engine. Not sure if the year of manufacture for the 3.8 makes a difference?
It was this hose leaking at the clamp (worn through) which resulted in my '87 Taurus Sedan dying, and it did visibly look bad until it failed.
2000 LS Premium Sable Wagon
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And now back to the discussion of Mercury Sable and Ford Taurus wagons. Happy Motoring! ;-)
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paid $20,399 +taxes. license etc.
I also purchased (for the first time) an extended warranty, the Ford ESP plan. Cost was $800 for 6 yrs/75k miles. I normally pass these plans up because I feel that they are usually way overpriced, but I thought that this was a decent deal, and Ramp service is good and pleasant to deal with.
Has anyone heard a clunking sound when going
reverse? I heard it twice today on reverse in
my Merc. Sable.
Can someone tell me where the button for the rear windshield wiper fluid is located? I filled the reservoir and tried to squirt fluid unto the rear windshield by pressing either of the two
buttons located on the bottom left of the instrument panel by the driver's right knee but nothing came out.
Was talking to a mechanic at a Ford Dealership; (he coaches baseball in our league)he told me he can't recall a Duratec coming in for engine work. I know they've only been around since 96 model year, however that still seems impressive.
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I have a 98 SE sedan with the Duratec and it is a fun car to drive. It would have been nice to find a wagon with one, but I was not able to. I just took an 800 mile round trip with the wagon loaded (5 people and gear) and it ran fine -- there is enough power to do the job. And, it got 28 mpg cruising at 75-80 mph. So, the only thing that I think I will really miss without the Duratec is the ability to blast off from a standstill. I probably just waste gas in the sedan because that is fun to do!
In closing, I think that this wagon was a decent purchase -- it was very reasonably priced, very comfortable and it seems to be screwed together very tightly (no squeaks or rattles). My luck with Taurus has been good (this is my third one, and my 92 wagon was retired with 140k on it).
The only difference I'm aware of between the Canadian Sable/Taurus and the U.S. ones is the climate of these two countries. This was based on 310 respondents.
The weak links that we have found on these wagons are the power steering and A/C. These have been repaired twice on each wagon.
Both have rebuilt transmissions, but I blame myself to some extent for trying to tow with them. These FWD cars just can't dissipate enough heat, even with a transmission cooler.
I like their size and that precluded me from purchasing the new Taurus wagon because it was too small.
FWD cars just can't dissipate enough heat, even with a transmission cooler."
I wouldn't agree that that is generally true of all FWD cars. I towed a large moving trailer 3000km round trip with our Corsica several years ago and now, around 35000 miles later, the transmission is still going strong. That generation of Taurus had a bad reputation, and bad CR and CAA survey results, for transmission reliability. CR is of the opinion that this has been rectified in the newer models, but the CAA survey doesn't support that. A marginal improvement maybe?
I paid cash for the car and warranty, so I think that had something to do with the "flexibilty" on the warranty price.
offered by my auto insurance co. It costs $30 a
year with a $250.00 deductible. I go to the shop
of my choice, send receipts to the company and get money back less the deductible.
I've been getting offers to purchase warranties
from companies I've never heard off but throw them
away. Having bought a Ford product an extended
warranty seems like a necessity.
I really appreciate it.
Altogether, it wasn't a horrible car. I have owned worse in terms of comfort, performance and reliability, but it wasn't great.
I am also concerned about their being a blind spot by the tailgate. The area between the tailgate window and the side windows is much bigger than the station wagon I currently own. Is this a problem?
Thirdly, I would like a CD player installed. The dealer tells me that you have to buy one for $500 that goes in the back. Is there anyway you can have, for example, a single CD type player that would go in the front, that conforms to the style of the dashboard? Or perhaps an after market CD player that would be less expensive?
Lastly, the highway gas mileage is rated at 26 mpg. Is this accurate? Nearly all my commute is on the highway.
You should be able to get one installed for $250 to (high-end unit capable of playing MP3 CDs) $400 locally. It would be worth your while to spend a Saturday at local car audio shops to get an idea of what's available for what price, and the layout of the controls and the display. You certainly want something that's easy to use "by feel" while you're driving.
Like mike 5806, we've also seen really good gas mileage in the 19K miles we've had the car.....rarely under 25 around town, and last weekend up around 30 on a trip to MInnesota. I still can't believe we almost bought a Focus wagon.....with gas mileage like this, I'll never cram myself into a small car again.
The disc changer in the wagon works well, but certainly isn't cheap with the Mach system at $695. We needed to have cassette as well, however, so the Mach system fits the bill for us.
Anti-lock Brakes, cruise control, leather Bucket seats, leather steering wheel, rear window wiper
and keyless entry system are included. The color is gold. Does anyone have any idea on it? Do you think it is useful to check the information on Carfax to get the information of this wagon? (Does the service of Carfax include the information on Canadian cars?). I am anxious for the infomation of it. Thanks a lot for your help.
I do not know if the information is available for all provinces.
Has anyone had any experience with this problem?
I am now a happy non-Ford owner, having given them one more chance by test driving a,...ahem..Focus...before confidently purchasing a 01 Toyota Echo, as a second car to accompany our wonderful 01 Honda Odyssey. I have positive previous experiences owning vehicles from both of these manufacturers.
So my wife and I are down to deciding between a '97 Subaru O/B with 92000 miles for $12,900(private sale) and a '99 Taurus Wagon with 29000 miles for 10,900(dealer). We found one of each that we could like. The one thing with the O/B is the current owner had problems with the head gasket that he had fixed. I think we could get him to lower his price some, but I'm not sure about the head gasket. Can someone give me some advice? We plan on getting the car checked out at the mechanic before we make an offer.
We had a 92 Taurus wagon for 8 years and 150,000 trouble-free miles (normal maintanence -- no breakdowns) and we now have a 2000 Taurus wagon. They were/are daily drivers, and I think that they are the best family vehicle value in the market. We travel alot, and the five of us and all of our stuff fit very well.
Good luck in your search.
Mind you, I am leary of Fords, but so far this one is working out nicely.
with so many safety features, would forget or
neglect to install headrests on rear seats. This
is a glaring error.
The '02 model year is upon us, and a '97 is a 5-year-old car. if you can buy 5 years of new car for six thousand bucks, I think you should do it. Even if you buy a loaded outback, you'll still be better off.
The idea that used cars are automatically cheaper does not apply to Honda, Toyota, Subaru, and some others. A Taurus, now used makes a lot of sense. Cars today have become very reliable. But stuff still wears out and costs big$$ to fix.
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