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7.5

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
6,636 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.

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1998 Ford Taurus brakes problems

brakes problem

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1998 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #11

Mar 082005

Taurus 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 54,000 miles

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

Took 1998 Ford Taurus (duratec 3.0) in for cooling system flush and transmission flush. With only 54,000 miles, I was surprised to find a rear stabilizer bar was broken, and a front axle seal was leaking. Those are clearly materials defects, as we take expert care of this vehicle. I have also had problems with rotors since we drove the car off the lot. The poor quality rotors the factory installs on these cars contributes to warping, which would be noticeable by a pulsing when braking from highway speeds.

- Appleton, WI, USA

problem #10

Sep 072001

(reported on)

Taurus

  • 19,000 miles
Cruise control will not hold the vehicle at a set speed when going down hill. Vehicle continues to accelerate well beyond preset speed. Vehicle will accelerate 15 mph over preset speed. Brakes rotors warp constantly. Rotors have been resurfaced or replaced over 5 times. Engine speed will not decrease when accelerator pedal is not released. Dealer claim all Taurus with 3.0L duratic engines have this problem. They claim no technical bulletins have been issued to resolve any of these issues. This requires constant braking and certainly contributes to accelerated brake wear and possibly the rotors warping so often. All of these problems have been reported to the dealership and none have been resolved. NHTSA has countless complaints in your electric files regarding these same issues, yet no recalls have been issued. Why? **dimsii IVOQ entry posted after 12/12/02 cut over to artemis**751827

- Bel Air, MD, USA

problem #9

Jul 072000

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rotor service on front end of vehicle once every year for the last two years. Dealer has been notified, however unable to remedy the problem. The consumer experienced tires shaking, clunking noise in front wheels when turning, and squeaking noise in rear end when braking. The heater and defroster make a buzzing noise, the brakes pulsate. The rear right brake and rotors failed. The service engine soon light came on. Engine makes a buzzing noise when start. The vehicle is not shift correctly. The driver door does not close properly. The vehicle would not start due to battery failure.

- Slatington, PA, USA

problem #8

May 182001

Taurus

  • miles

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

While driving would step on brakes pedal and vehicle will start vibrating. Rotors had been resurfaced four times already.

- Monument, CO, USA

problem #7

Nov 011999

Taurus

  • miles
When brakes were applied vehicle and steering wheel/column would vibrate moderately to violently. Dealership looked into this defect and replaced front rotors/ tires, and brakes. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Florence, MS, USA

problem #6

Feb 202001

Taurus

  • miles
Hubs on the rotors have been chafed several times. Vehicle shakes when trying to stop vehicle.

- New Iberia, LA, USA

problem #5

Nov 202000

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles

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

A grinding sound was heard from the rear of the car, the consumer took the vehicle to the dealer who found that the rear disc brakes along with the rotors needed to be replaced, this repair was not covered under warranty and the consumer feels that it should be.

- Fort Morgan, CO, USA

problem #4

Jun 221998

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front rotors failed.

- West Hills, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 181999

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear brakes worn out and rotors needed turning causing noise, also all tires needed replacement.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 051998

Taurus

  • miles
Rotors failed and wiring assembly for ABS failed causing brake failure.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #1

Sep 011998

Taurus

  • miles
While drving vehicle about 50 mph and when consumer stepped on the brake pedal to stop vehicle the brakes did not work properly, and the tires would shake or vibrate. The rotors were replaced twice, but still experienced the same problem. Dealer was contacted.

- Lake Wales, FL, USA

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