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8.7

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
3,063 miles

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1998 Ford Taurus accessories - interior problems

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1998 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #16

Jul 102005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

My door ajar lights keep coming on even though the doors are all shut. Sometimes I am able to open and close a door and the light will go out, but other times the light stays on no matter what you do. The dome light will stay on due to this and you have to take the bulb out in order to drive especially at night. This has been an ongoing problem for quite awhile now and no one is able to find the cause of the problem. I have already had to replace the alternator and two batteries which I believe to be caused from this problem. I would like to know if there is a defect since there are several complaints on the same issue and if so will the dealer find and fix the problem at no cost to me?

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #15

Apr 012003

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 49,000 miles
I recently bought a 1998 Ford Taurus with 49,000 miles on it. It has an intermittent problem with the interior lights. After I get in the car and drive off, the vehicle sometimes thinks that my drivers door is still open. The door is ajar light on the instrument panel remains lit and the interior lights stay on for some time. I can manually turn off the dome light but the under-dash lights stay on. I don't notice it during the day but it is somewhat distracting at night. The door-open detector is no longer a button but is instead some sort of electronic sensor built into the hinge-spring mechamism for the door. It will also not allow me to lock the drivers door. I hit the automatic locks button and all four doors lock then the drivers door unlocks all by itself. I've had the vehicle for about a month and this has happened twice now. It is the interior under-dash lights on at night that is distracting.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #14

Nov 122002

Taurus

  • miles
When entering vehicle the interior lights illuminate as normal and then should go out when you close the doors. Consumer states light does not go out, causing the windows to look like mirrors. Consumer states' view is obstructed by this mirror like image, making impossible to see the road.

- Sharon, MA, USA

problem #13

Oct 222001

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles

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

My door latch and/or 'door ajar' light latch is not working, my interior lights stay on all the time and my battery stays run down(I've had to replace it once already), and not only is it hard to drive at night with the interior lights on, it is dangerous. Please get back to me on this. Thank you, Ms. K. frame.

- Jena, LA, USA

problem #12

Apr 202001

Taurus

  • miles
Interior light to alert any door is open, comes off and on without any doors being open.

- Memphis, TN, USA

problem #11

Mar 162001

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Dome and door lights continuously stay on. Dealer replaced driver door switch. But problem reoccured in addition to the warning bell chiming when keys are in ignition with the doors closed. Dealer notified.

- Pain, OH, USA

problem #10

Feb 102000

Taurus

  • miles

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

First the interior light stayed on for hours. We were in the act of moving to la. I called the1-800 number in owner's manual. Was told problem used to exist with Mercury but not with Taurus. Are not the two cars the same, except for the namesassigned to them? at any rate, I was told to pull out bulb or get to panel for fuse. I pulled out bulb. Then the turbo component in engine gave out after I arrived in la. Aamco had to tow it away because, at best, it lurched forward or backward a few feet. Aamco replaced turbo unit for $1400 they replaced bulb interior. Within a week the old problem started again. The light would not go off, the doors would not automatically lock, and another problem stared--the symbol for a door not closed would stay on. No matter if I re-re-re- closed the doors. I took it back to aamco. They said to take it to a shop that specialized in this problem. Well, I'd like to know if the dealer here is supposed to fix the problems at no cost. I'm guessing --not --because there is no recall. At any rate, I did not take the car in because I did/do not have the money. The problem with the light and symbol went away, but a new problem has developed. The antenna will not go down. Thanks for reading this.

- Folsom, LA, USA

problem #9

Feb 101999

Taurus

  • miles
Inside courtesy light would come on and stay on for 25 minutes or up to an hour before going out while driving. Dealer was not notified at this time. Feel free to provide any further information on this matter.

- Folsom, LA, USA

problem #8

Jan 012000

Taurus

  • miles
The door ajar switch stayed on prohibiting the power locks to perform and keep the dome light on. When trying the lock the door with the power lock switch on the door console, the doors would unlock as the door ajar sensor read a door was open. When discussing this with coastal Ford, the repair is was not covered. I contacted Ford at (800)392-3673. I was told by essence, the problem with not considered a recall; therefore, I am not entitled to the reimbursement. I paid coastal Ford $101.34 for this repair. I saw another Ford vehicle come in with this same complaint. I have heard the same complaint by other Ford owners. Please advise if this is a common complaint and if there is any recourse to receiving compensation. Thank you.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #7

Sep 151999

Taurus

  • miles
Car will accelerate on it's own after car is put into park, now it is doing it while you are driving, interior light will come on and not go out, radio turns on and off by it's self, electric seat only works half the time, goes back then will not go back up, car will increase in RPM's when you are in park and will continue to go up unless you turn off engine, starting to climb in RPM's when you are driving. Seat belt will not stay latched on passenger front seat.

- Dover, OH, USA

problem #6

Nov 011999

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Truck cargo light burned holes through 3 layers of fabric, could have cause a fire, this is a very high powered halogen bulb and can get quite hot while the truck is open, the light has no protective cover.

- Woodville, FL, USA

problem #5

Oct 151999

Taurus

  • miles
1. need complete new transmission, 2nd gear burned up with only normal wear and tear. 2. doon and door ajar lights won't go off, interior panal lights won't come on and I get shocked every time I close the door after exiting. 3. gear shift column broke while car was in park shifting to drive.

- Baltimore, OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 151999

Taurus

  • miles
1. need complete new transmission, 2nd gear burned up with only normal wear and tear. 2. doon and door ajar lights won't go off, interior panal lights won't come on and I get shocked every time I close the door after exiting. 3. gear shift column broke while car was in park shifting to drive.

- Baltimore, OH, USA

problem #3

Jun 201999

Taurus

  • miles
There was a fire within the trunk when sleeping bag caught on fire. Consumer put the fire out. However, smoke caused alot of damage. Manufacturer is aware of the problem.

- Rawlins, WY, USA

problem #2

Nov 271998

Taurus

  • miles
While driving electronic parts are not responding properly, the panel lights will blink, as well as the headlights. Sometimes consumer can't get the headlights to come on at all. Dealer has been contacted. Vehicle has been in to dealer three tims and they still have not found the problem.

- Galveston, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 241998

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles
Trunk light burned garment in the trunk, lamp did not have a cover due to the design.

- Castro Val, CA, USA

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