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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
126,973 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 brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #3

Nov 212014


  • 138,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 10 mph, the brakes failed completely and the check engine warning indicator illuminated continuously. The failure had recurred on several occasions. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician diagnosed that the vehicle needed a rear proportioning valve. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the issue. The failure mileage was 138,000. The VIN was not available.

- Trenton, MI, USA

problem #2

Feb 182013

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 140,920 miles
While applying the brake to stop at a light on a highway access road, the vehicle had trouble stopping. It started violently jerking and vibrating and the brakes were all the way to the floor. The RPM's read in the 4's. I pulled over and in a parking lot, the vehicle rapidly reached 45 mph without stepping on the gas pedal. I was reluctant to have it reach a greater speed so I stopped the vehicle. It once again did not want to respond properly to the brakes. I called Ford and eplained the sudden acceleration and the vehicle difficulty in stopping, there are no recalls. I researched online, and it appears that there is a faulty cruise control cable that sticks to the throttle and leaves it open. I once again contacted Ford for an estimate to replace the cruise control cable. The service advisor stated that there was no such thing as a cruise control cable. I called the parts department and they said that part is aftermarket and is no longer available. This is a very dangerous situation. I was reading the aol vehicle complaints on this and accidents have occured and people have been injured. I don't know why Ford does not recognize this serious safet issue in a timely manner.

- Selma, TX, USA

problem #1

Sep 142011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Applied brakes while stopped in parking lot, pedal went to floor, all brake fluid now under car. Unable to lift car, no metal existed from floorpan to rocker panel bottom. Brake lines had been affixed to this metal, and now had lost support/mounting place and vibrated and fell apart. The outside of the car looked almost new, but the plastic trim on the lower sill hid the problem outside. Now, the door sill(both sides)are getting so bad, we are afraid to step on them, or go over a bad bump or railroad track. I don't understand this, as this metal rotted from the inside-out, as though it never went thru a rust prevention bath process. My friends are current Ford people or, like myself, are retired Ford people, they said Taurus veh. Cant have this extreme problem, but I do. Thanks for asking.

- Westland,Mi, MI, USA

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