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Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
126,550 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
1997 Ford Taurus cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1997 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #5

Apr 152010

Taurus GL 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 125,750 miles


This car was a gift from a friend who brought it from an Army guy and was told that they have fixed everything on it and had spent over $2000 on all the repairs, the car belonged to his mother who had just passed a few mths ago and he had to get back to duty, the car was purchased on the 15 of April 2010. I then drove to GA on the 16 of April from FL. I noticed that the temperature never left the C area. WelI after landing in GA I had to replaced the water pump, tune up, thermostat, fuel filter, 3 sending unit relays, 4 new tires, oil change. ... all new brakes. too. Hum, I was told this car was good to go on across country drive by the previous owners and his mechanic. When I left FL I also had heat too. ok all seem to be ok... so started back on my trip to Oregon..( job interview) Well in Oklahoma, the heat went out and had no way to defrost the windows during a rain/ tornado 31 degrees. Car overheating again.had to stop in IL, and had to replace the thermostat again. thought all was ok. so back on the road.. still no heat finally forced off the road to get the heat fixed in Nebraska. Mechanic was surprised to have to flush the heating coil 15 times... Me too and back on the road, Broke down in UT.. Car would not drive over 10 mph. RPM's over 4k... Nice... great view to wait till help came along.. Lucky me another Mechanic stop .. thought it was the Transmission fluid maybe it was low .. filled it up and still a no go.... So I crept along the interstate to the next exit.. where the nice mechanic had a friend there waiting to tow my lovely car his shop. 6 days later.. 2nd new radiator, another set sending unit relays and a thermostat oh and a hotel bill OMG .. Mechanic said this is a #^$#%&^ car and when I get where I am going to " GET RID OF THE PIECE OF &^%&%" these are the worst cars Ford has put out. :-) Nice.. well with hopes of it being fixed... back to try to make it for the job interview. well it Overheated in NV I pulled over to let it cool down 4 to 5 times and filled it with water and noticed now I have no heat again.Nice.. and had to keep adding water to car... froze my butt off in Oregon and broke down again, this time on Bear Camp Rd. 30 something degrees or lower for the 1st time my 2 cats and dog cuddled.. with 3 blankets. Well an older mountain man stop and warned me about the bad weather and the road and that this car would never make it over the mountain, then the older man kindly towed me back down to the Interstate 5. My lovely car woke up and started to work.. so back on the road I go to only have missed the job interview all together and after 5 thermostats, 2 radiators ,4 sets of sending units. 3 full sets of brakes, 4 full flushing's of heating coil and Radiator.and a change of RR upper intake by-pass tube.. yes you got it... still no heat and the car is still overheating. Well now I hear that it could be the head gasket.. maybe.. they are not sure ,they say it now needs it but this might not fix the problem. Nice and Happy New Year..

- , Gold Beach, OR, USA

problem #4

Nov 022009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles

This is a horrible thing to occur to anyone. I have had the hose replaced, new thermostat put in and on Xmas day I exited my vehicle to see anti-freeze pouring from the bottom of the car as well as steam coming from the front. The mechanic states it was repaired and I can drive the car; after driving the vehicle for approximately 20 minutes this morning I reached my destination to see the vehicle smoking again. This is the third winter in which this problem has occured with this vehicle. What is the problem and why does it continue to happen even after repair.

- , Jamaica, NY, USA

problem #3

Oct 072009

Taurus V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 134,000 miles

not sure how to fix this. overheats once it's warmed up and I stop at a light or in traffic. I have to carry water and coolant with me. No leaking on the driveway, but when I'm waiting or idling for any length.

- , Middletown, OH, USA

problem #2

Nov 102008

Taurus LX V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,000 miles

The cooling system in my car has some issues, and apparently because I'm a female the mechanic decided to charge me six hundred dollars to fix something and the not the problem! So..I have my antifreeze leaking out of my car everytime that it stops-like all of it, then my car says that its over heating immediately following the smoking, this is the second winter that I've had this problem. My car isn't worth putting much more money into maybe its just time for a new one or is this a simple job?

- , Atl, GA, USA

problem #1

Sep 212007

Taurus GL 3.0L Ohv V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles

I have an overheating problem that's unusual. After car reaches operating temperature, and you have to stop and wait for a long traffic light. The temp gauge goes up to the overheating point and builds up pressure and pumps the antifreeze out of the cap on the expansion tank. Once you start moving again the gauge goes down, but at that point you've lost up to a quart of coolant. The cooling fans work. There are no signs of other leaks. I've watched the coolant pumped back out of the tightly closed expansion tank cap. I've even changed thermostats twice and made sure they are installed in the correct direction. Has anyone heard of a problem like like this?

- , Lawrence, MA, USA

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