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Ford Taurus/Mercury Sable Sedans Pre-2008



  • jdiaz2jdiaz2 Posts: 16
    I like the Duratec. Not the fastest engine out there, but has a nice honk above 3500rpm, gives 25 mpg in our wagon all day long, and hardly requires any attention on a regular basis. Definitely can't complain with the experience we've had with the engine (or our Taurus for that matter).


  • oxmeadoxmead Posts: 79
    my 2000 sable wagon make this noise/vibration that kinda sound like a coffee can with nuts and bolts in it. it's done it since it was new,but not all the time. I can't make it do this , its completly random. It never does it when the car is anywhere near the dealer. I notice it mostly when driving with a very light foot, like driving along the side of a fast food drive up window or up ramps in a parking garage. I thought it might be some sort of heat shield or somthing, but I've looked every where under the car and cant find anything loose. has anyone else had this ? thanks
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    It could be a loose accelerator cable, or just about a loose anything else, unfortunately...
  • snowmansnowman Posts: 540
    If your car is SES w/ Vulcan engine, I bet, it is pinging. Ford Ranger trucks with the same engine do the same thing. search the internet and you'll find bunch of info.
  • oxmeadoxmead Posts: 79
    no, I got the duratec. It never makes the noise/vibration at over 20-25 mph and only for a few seconds. usually when acelerating very lightly from a stop or after the trans shifts to 2nd. It sounds like it's coming from under the car. It doesn't seem like it's engine related. I even thought it might be something in the exhaust. If I was sure , I'd have it changed.
  • I just had the latest recall on the front end. When the car was returned to me I got a loud popping noise, which came from the front driver side. Looked over everthing and everything was tighten down. Noone including Ford can figure out what it is. Has anyone experienced this situation.
  • moerodmoerod Posts: 7
    anyone know where to find the keypad code for a 2001 sable ls premium sedan. i've look in the trunk and can't see anything. Anyone know where else it could be.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    If you can get under the dash on the driver's side, there may be a sticker you can see with a 5 digit code on it on a label stuck on a part there. If not, your dealer can give it to you from the vin number. Some of them will charge you to look it up - others will be nice and won't.
  • I just bought a 1999 Sable with a Duratec V6 with 75,000 miles on it. I really like this car alot. However, the Low Coolant Light comes on when ever I drive. I have checked the coolant and it is NOT low. What do I need to do or check next? Thanks.
  • nvbankernvbanker Posts: 7,285
    Change the sensor, disconnect it, or take the bulb out of the socket in the dash.
  • badgerfanbadgerfan Posts: 1,565
    My 2000 Taurus with Duratec did that as well when under warranty. The fix was to replace the entire overflow tank, which I assume also included the sensor. Since it was under warranty, I didn't question it much as I wasn't paying for anything.


    The cost of replacement wouldn't have been all that much even if it had been past warranty, maybe $100-$150 max, but I don't recall exactly what the statement listed.
  • vppcvppc Posts: 58
    Hi, everyone!


    I recently purchased a silver 2001 Ford Taurus SES! It has 57,000 miles on it. The body is in excellent condition, as well as the interior. This car came with power windows, locks, mirrors, and power driver's seat. It also has CD player and the bench seat option. The engine is the Vulcan V6 (which I feel is plentiful and pulls well).


    The dealer put new brakes all the way around on this car, as well as had it serviced and lubed. They initially wanted $7,999, but I got it for $6,500! Did I get a great deal? The car runs GREAT!



    - Alex
  • jasmith52jasmith52 Posts: 457
    Congratulations on purchasing a quality, late-model used car. You'll save many thousands by purchasing cars like this in the future over new cars. Drive it till it drops or Drive it for a few years and maybe sell it for a few thousand less than you paid for it. Try to do that with a new car and you'll get reemed !


    As for your price, It looks pretty average to me. Every dealer will discount their cars over asking prices.


    You can book out your car here on Edmunds if you really want to.
  • alpha01alpha01 Posts: 4,747
    The Sable/Taurus are incredible used car buys. Great purchase!


  • Hi, Im new here. I have a 95 Mercury Sable V6 3.8L. It is one of the best cars I have owned, and is really reliable. Its got 115,000 miles on it thus far. My problem is with the heat. It started when the heat was on high, and the blow kicked to low, after hitting the dash the heat kicked back to high. Now the heat is on the low setting even when the dial is at high. I have replaced the blower motor, and the blower motor resistor. What do I do now?? Any Ideas?

    Thanks, Shannon
  • jasmith52jasmith52 Posts: 457


    It could be


    1) The blower motor selector switch or the connections to it


    2) The wires between the selector switch and the blower.


    3) A bad ground wire


    - Good luck ! Electrical problems can be very tricky
  • wkohlerwkohler Posts: 74
    Good purchase! That year was probably the best of all for Taurus. After that year they started "decontenting" them (i.e. no glove box light, no double sunshade on passenger side, no shade band on windshield, etc). One thing I would make sure they did and that is to change the transmission fluid. If they can prove that was done, fine. If not, have it done soon, then every 30,000 miles or so.
  • Yes I had my 1999 Taurus, recall fix ?? on 2/3/2005.

    It has a popping noise on the right front also.

    Do Ford know what to do now.
  • What are the differences between these two cars besides looks? What is the price differential? I am not sure if I should buy one over the other. Is it just a matter of personal look preference or is there something other that I should be looking for.


    Thanks so much for your help.
  • i have a 2001 sable with a tape deck/auto climate control. no cd changer by cd button of deck. i just purchased a factory changer from ebay, but do not know where it goes connected. i was told the car came prewired but i dont see any wires in the trunk. the cd changer did not come with wires, would i have tu purchase them, what would the be connected to?


  • The differences are purely cosmetic. Different headlight assy, grill, tail light, rear door design etc. Inside, a little flashier on the Sable with wood trim (fake) etc. All engine, drivetrain, brakes, etc are all the same. Sable may run a few dollars higher, but not much. Personally I like the Sable front end and the Taurus rear end. It's all a matter of personal preference one vs the other.
  • The amplifier, etc for your radio is in the trunk on the left hand side behind the trunk cover. If you didn't get a wiring harness with the changer, you'll need to get that. I don't have the trunk mounted changer, but understand it just plugs into the amplifier assy once you mount the changer in the trunk. My changer came factory installed in the center console.
  • Hello,

    It seems that my speedometer is 10 mph higher than what I feel I am going. Have you heard of this problem before. I am also only getting 14.8 average miles per fill-up. Is this normal or are my gauges not working correctly?

    Thank you again for your help!
  • "feel" is entirely subjective. Have you checked the speedometer against any of those roadsides "Your Speed" radar signs? Or have you checked your odometer against at least 10 miles worth of highway mileage markers or driven a known distance to see if your odometer agrees. You'll need some concrete measurements before you can draw any conclusions.
  • On Christmas Eve, of all days, my wife's '96 Taurus sedan (V6 w/ ~140K miles) decided moving forwards was overrated -- the transmission would engage in reverse then drop out in neutral but failed to engage again (at least with any noticeable jolt) in any forward gear (D-1). (Yes, the FIRST thing I checked was the tranny fluid -- level, color and smell seemed okay.)


    I managed to get it to limp forward briefly by putting it in "D" and revving the engine a bit while pushing the car manually, before giving up and calling for a tow.


    Upon arrival at the shop, the tow-truck driver lowered the car and surprise, surprise -- it went into drive and pulled forward as nice as you please! The shop (NOT a tranny specialist but owned by a friend of a friend, who had recently done a major tune-up on the car) was unable to find anything wrong after a cursory inspection and a diagnostic they had done at a another garage also turned up nothing. The car then ran fine for a while...


    Well, one fine Sunday morning less than two months later, my wife tries to run an errand and wouldn't you know, the Taurus has other ideas (i.e. no forward motion)...


    The car is now at a transmission shop and they're telling me that it's an internal problem and I have two choices: ~$1200 repair w/ 90-day warranty; ~$1800 rebuild w/ 1 yr. / 12K mile warranty.


    Any advice you knowledgeable folks may offer would be GREATLY appreciated!


  • Transmission Problems Uggh !


    well the cheapest thing you can do is go down to the auto parts store and buy a quart of Transmission solvent. Brands like Trans-X, there are others. Should cost around $5 to $10 bucks. Also think about changing the transmission fluid. This fix might buy you a few more months (or even years) before you have to spend some real money on your car.


    The $1200 or $1800 fix are up to you. How long do you plan on keeping the car ??


    Keep it in perspective. $1800 is alot of money but it's only about 5 months payment on a new car. So it may be alot cheaper to fix your present ride than get a new one. Also since you have 146k miles on the car didn't you ever expect to do some major repairs.
  • vppcvppc Posts: 58
    Hello, everyone!

    I have now driven my 2001 Ford Taurus SES for almost a month now. My follow-up is that this car is great! It HANDLES well and has plenty of pull from the V6. The ride is very SOLID, yet the suspension is firm enough to handle road irregularities and handle the curves with ease. The factory CD system sounds GREAT and plays them all (even scratched) with no problems.

    Now, of course there a few cons. For starters, I have a little bit of paint coming off the front bumper (my car is silver). It looks as if a little bit of clearcoat is coming off? This can't be noticed unless you are right in front of the car. Also, there is some belt under the hood that sometimes squeaks. Sometimes, when driving low speed it sounds like a bolt in a can coming from somewhere (usually only happens on rough pavement). It can only be heard if you are dead silent. And, the cigarette lighter when you push it in to let it light up, just FLYS out and onto the floor when it's ready! I just hold it from now on, but that shocked me!

    As far as the cars performance, it meets all my needs and attains 22-24MPG mixed driving. I am about to take a 600-mile round trip and can't wait! This car is so comfortable and the power driver's seat is a plus!

    So, I do recommend this car or the Mercury Sable for an awesome used car buy!

    - Alex
  • 307web307web Posts: 1,033
    For that expensive of a job, you should probably tow it to another shop for a second opinion.
    Also, it is a 1996 Taurus with 140,000 miles, so it isn't surprising that something is wrong with the transmission.
  • vppcvppc Posts: 58
    Hello, everyone!

    I quoted that there was a sound like a "bolt in a can" at low speed. Turns out it was just the antenna jiggling! YAY! It happened on rough/crappy roads and turning sharply up or downhill. So I twisted it a little bit and BAM!

    I love this car!
    - Alex

    P.S. This car got 27MPG on the highway trip doing 70+ MPH!
  • ohio7ohio7 Posts: 67
    Alex, we're all glad that you are impressed with your Taurus. I've had my 2000 SEL for almost five years in June and have been impressed still! I wish I had reason to drive it more, but I only have 27,000 on it.

    When I go to my hometown in Cincinnati to visit once a year in April it is about 520 miles from Northern Virginia and I get around 30mph each year. I check it every year thinking that my math is wrong. I even had my all-knowing brother-in-law do the math and he was speechless (he drives a Grand Marquis).

    I love when I go to Lowe's and buy long pieces of landscape wood and can easily put five of them all the way in the car and close the trunk because of those wonderful folding rear seats and folding the passenger seat all the way back. The boy loading was in awe. I drove away with a smile on my face. Who needs a mini-van!!
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