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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,000 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 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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1998 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 042014


  • 170,000 miles


The contact owns 1998 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph, the vehicle made a jerking motion and failed to accelerate properly. The failure recurred multiple times and at various speeds. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 170,000.

- Austin , TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 192014


  • 260,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that the vehicle started to roll away. As a result, the contact had to depress the brake pedal quickly and shift into park. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The approximate failure mileage was 260,000.

- Wallingford, CT, USA

problem #3

Jun 272002


  • miles
While pressing the cruise-control "on" button, the vehicle immediately lost forward drive power and went into neutral. The speedometer also registered "zero mph" eventhough I was proceeding with forward motion. After I safely guided the vehicle out of traffic flow I tried to re-engage the transmission but could not. I pressed the cruise control "off" button and then tried to reengage the transmission into drive at which time it did engage. The transmission at that point engaged but did not perform in a normal or safe pattern! if this situation occured in a more dynamic traffic area I am afraid of what the possibility for an accident could have been. I took the vehicle to a dealer and was told that the problem was a (vss) vehicle speed sensor. Due to the low mileage on the vehicle I am concerned about this condition. When it occurs, driveability is seriously impaired! thank you for your attention to this matter.

- Dartmouth, MA, USA

problem #2

Apr 052001


  • miles
Engine light will come on, and speedometer and odometer fail to function while vehicle is in operation. Dealership has examined vehicle, and could not reproduce problem. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Gloucester, MA, USA

problem #1

Oct 152000


  • miles
Speedometer would agitate while driving, unable to determine correct speed. Dealer/manufacturer were not notified at this time. Feel free to provide any further details on this matter.

- Paramus, NJ, USA

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