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5.7

fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
125,648 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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1997 Ford Taurus transmission problems

transmission problem

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1997 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 012010

Taurus GL 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

When I put my car into reverse, with the brake applied, it jerks or lunges. please help

- , Attica, NY, USA

problem #5

Jun 012008

Taurus LX

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles

I bought a 1997 Taurus in June of 2008. I absolutely loved the car and it drove like a dream. A few months later, I was out and about doing my running around. I was at a stop light and when it turned green my car did nothing but rev really high like I had it in neutral ( IT WAS NOT IN NEUTRAL). After a minute though it made a loud pop noise jerked very hard and took off. My car was fine for quite some time after that but in November it started doing it more often but not all the time. Then my check engine light came on so I had a sensor on the transmission replaced in December. Thinking Ah-ha! I took care of the problem. Well that wasn't the case. It still does it!! And since it only does it every now and then and still drives like a dream nobody can tell me what the problem is.

A few things I can say for sure are that it only seems to happen if I've been driving the car for a few hours straight and it's nice and warmed up and when this does happen instead of revving it up until it moves, try putting your hazard lights on and putting the car in park... turn it off then start it back up. That's what always seems to work best for me.

- , Griffith, IN, USA

problem #4

Aug 192008

Taurus LS 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 115,890 miles

when you come to a stop and begin to accelerate nothing happens. the engine just revs up as if the car was in neutral. Eventually the trans will kick in. but this is a pain in the ass, especially when there is traffic behind you. I think Ford needs to address this problem with the 1997 Ford Taurus. At least pay for the part to fix it.a possible torque converter replacement

- , Roanoke Rapids, NC, USA

problem #3

Sep 032008

Taurus LES

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Every once in awhile when i would pull up to a stop sign or stop light, i would press the gas and not go anywhere like its in neutral but im not. Is there anything you guys can do or tell me some steps or the right people to go to for this problem. Thank You

- , Lima, OH, USA

problem #2

May 052008

Taurus GL 3.0L Vulcan

  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,000 miles

There's a very good chance that I lunched the transaxle on this car. The story:

To avoid an accident, I hit a curb, bottomed-out, and began leaking tranny fluid, which - like a fool - I drove and added fluid, as needed, for about three weeks.

My mechanic, Nick, brazed the drain pan, went through the refill procedure with me shifting through the gears, and for $182.00, I was in business. I asked Nick if there was much of a silvery hue to the fluid. He said, "No, not at all."

So why is the tranny on this thing possessed now? It's as if the cruise control is kicking in and out. It's definitely the transaxle because when it starts lurching and bucking, I pop it into neutral, and it calms right down.

The car doesn't owe me a dime. I paid $1,200 cash well over a year ago, and it had 158,000 miles on it.

I am pissed about that tranny acting up, though.

-Steve Boston suburbs

- , Natick, MA, USA

problem #1

Mar 032008

Taurus LS 3.0L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 110,000 miles

Problem with a 1997 Taurus.while driving,when you pull up to stop signs and stop lights etc. and the car acts like it's in neutral.i can rev the motor a little and it shifts.it does not slip while driving.not one sign of trouble other than that.i need help from someone who is having the same problem.

- , Cleveland, OK, USA

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