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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
172,000 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. put in a rebuilt transmission (1 reports)
1996 Ford Taurus transmission problems

transmission problem

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1996 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Oct 242009

Taurus LX 3.0L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 196,000 miles


sh*t. every time I would go to pull away from a stop light the car would act like it was still in neutral, so I would have to put it in neutral or park and put it back into drive. I took it to the auto parts store and they said it was a clutch control valve? they said it was a recall, but I cant find any recalls on the damn thing. does anyone else have this problem? I need a resolution....

- , Aurora, IL, USA

problem #2

Mar 202007

Taurus GL

  • Automatic transmission
  • 120,000 miles

Stupid car has had so many issues, This transmission being the worst. It happened with no bang or anything, i was simply backing out of the driveway and when i tried to shift into forward /drive.... it simply did not go it was in neutral and we had to push this stupid piece of crap back into driveway by hand. Got it fixed w/ rebuilt transmission. So far the tranny is fine but everything else bad has happened b4 and since then to this piece of junk.

- , Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #1

Jul 092003

(reported on)

Taurus Wagon LE

  • 200,000 miles

transmission won't drive, stays in neutral, cable is not broken. I don't know what is wrong and hope someone can help me with this problem

- , Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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