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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,750 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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1996 Ford Taurus suspension problems

suspension problem

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1996 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 012010


  • 195,000 miles


The contact owns a 1996 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle exhibited an abnormal clunking noise. He then discovered that the rear passenger axle was corroded, similar to the failure listed under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V385000 (suspension:rear:axle:non-powered axle assembly). The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who informed the contact that the engine, transmission, front seats, steering control arms, dashboard, and transaxle would need to be removed in order to make repairs to the sub frame. The contact did not inform the manufacturer of the failure nor was the vehicle repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was approximately 202,000 and the failure mileage was approximately 195,000.

- Grosse Pointe, MI, USA

problem #3

Mar 102009


  • miles
The rear springs of my 1996 Ford Taurus gl have both broken through normal driving conditions.

- Newburgh, NY, USA

problem #2

Dec 011996


  • miles
Rear suspension failure, causing vehicle to pull to the right. Also vehicle vibrates upon aplying brakes.

- Manalapan, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 261996


  • miles
While driving vehicle and when there is a quick change in the road surface, the struts make a clunking noise. Vehicle has been in shop (5) or (6) times for this problem since July of 96. The struts and sway bar were replaced a couple of months ago. Also, new subframe insulators were put in a few weeks ago. Vehicle is still making a clunking noise.

- East Hartford, CT, USA

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