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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
4 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,506 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

1998 Ford Taurus AC / heater problems

AC / heater problem

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1998 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

May 112007

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 106,023 miles


Air conditioner (A/C) system failed; no cooled air coming out of system; 1998 Ford Taurus gl V6 3.0L; only 106,000 miles; had to replace discharge line; had to replace manifold lines at compressor; had to evacuate and charge system. Parts included A/C manifold line set, discharge line, freon. Total cost: $620.

- Montclair, VA, USA

problem #3

Aug 122000


  • miles
Air conditioning system has failed; no cool air was coming out. Dealership is aware of problem, it will cost $1200.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #2

Mar 151999


  • miles
Since moving to el paso, tx, my Ford Taurus' A/C has begun spewing out a vile smell after driving about 30 minutes. When I park and then restart after work, or the next morning, a thick musty mold spore smelling cloud blows through the A/C vents for the first few minutes. My wife reports the same problems with her '96 Ford Taurus. Friends with allergies can't stand riding in the vehicles. When we returned to kc, mo (place of purchase) for a visit, the smell seemed to go away temporarily. One we returned to el paso, the problem came back within a week. I suspect that there is a mold that is indiginous to this area that finds the A/C vents a furtile breeding ground. The smell has been verified by casa Ford, but they failed to take appropriate action to remedy the problem. I complain to Ford "customer care" but they don't care.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #1

Aug 101999

(reported on)


  • miles
No summary

- Oih, AK, USA

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