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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
10 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
10 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,159 miles

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1998 Ford Taurus Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #48

Sep 142000

(reported on)

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Cruise control does not hold speed while going up and down inclines, fluctuation is 15 to 50 miles mph, too extreme.

- Brandenbur, KY, USA

problem #47

May 261999

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles
The vehicle is unsafe on icy or wet roads because it does not decelerate when consumer takes foot off the gas instead it speeds up. Nlm

- Aurora, CO, USA

problem #46

Aug 162000

Taurus

  • miles
While pulling into a parking space with foot on brake, car suddenly accelerated and crashed. Dealer could not identify the defect. Damage: $1,500. This is a serious saftey problem that has been repeatedly reported for model years 1996 through 1999. Why hasn't the government taken any action? I wonder how many people did not live to tell about it. I was one of the fortunate ones. This not only puts the driver and passengers in jeopardy, but pedestrians as well!

- Springfield, VA, USA

problem #45

May 011999

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

When lever is in park vehicle would idle up to 3000 rmps like it was taking off. Vehicle started to accelerate on its own. Foot would remain on the brake due to high acceleration. Have been to dealer at least 4 separate times for the problem.

- Medford, MA, USA

problem #44

Jul 151998

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experiencing a problem with increase in speed during deacceleration, while going down a incline. Dealer notified, and informed consumer that was normal. Cruise control malfunctioned.

- Brandbury, KY, USA

problem #43

Jul 151998

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experiencing a problem with increase in speed during deacceleration, while going down a incline. Dealer notified, and informed consumer that was normal. Cruise control malfunctioned.

- Brandbury, KY, USA

problem #42

Aug 212000

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

Cruise control picks up speed when going down hills. Dealer & the consumer both test drove a 2000 Taurus & the vehicle also increased in speed. Consumer stated that his 1994 Taurus was traded in for this 1998, didn't do this.

- Brandonburg, KY, USA

problem #41

Aug 072000

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles
Vehicle accelerates by itself. It does not slow when accelerator is released. Problem is intermittent, and two visits to the dealer provided no solution. Dealer said to bring it in when it is happening, but this is unworkable as car must be shut off to stop high engine speed and then the problem stops until next occurance. I feel this vehicle is dangerous and the cavalier attitude of the dealer is of no help.

- Kenmore, NY, USA

problem #40

May 151999

Taurus

  • miles
Wnen I left the dealer and put the brakes on a block away they did not work and the engine accelerated. I took the car right back to the dealer and was told if they could not make the car 100% I could trade. Well that never happened. The first time I used the cruise control it make a horrible noise when I engaged it. When I put my car in park the engine revs up to between 3 and 4. I have to turn it off to make it stop.

- Greenbelt, MD, USA

problem #39

Jun 102000

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When consumer traveled on the highway rpms registered as high as 4. then, rpms went back down to zero when consumer shut the vehicle off. Also, consumer noticed a loud noise underneath the engine when shifting gears. Noise sounded like something was going to drop from underneath the vehicle. The vehicle accelerated as high as 4000 RPM's when in park. It appears that the transmission or the engine falling out. The vehicle is still under warranty but can't be fixed.

- Jerome, ID, USA

problem #38

Sep 151999

Taurus

  • miles

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

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 #37

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 #36

Jun 142000

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles
When using cruise control it will not disengage, causing vehicle to travel over the speed limit.

- Morgan Town, WV, USA

problem #35

May 072000

Taurus

  • miles
The vehicle consistently will accelerates on it's own while coasting at a slow speed. This requires heavy pressure on the brake pedal to bring the vehicle to a stop. This is a very repeatable failure. The vehicle also idles very fast at all engine temperatures which causes very harsh transmission shifting. The local Ford dealer has had the vehicle several times and is telling me this is normal.

- Linden, MI, USA

problem #34

Nov 111999

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When traveling on the highway the car just stalled without prior warning. Before it was turned back on, vehicle surged forward, then cut off.

- Albany, OR, USA

problem #33

Mar 282000

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While stopped in traffic, the vehicle suddenly surged forward without warning. The driver had to turn the ignition off and forefully apply brakes to stop vehicle and avoid collision. Vehicle taken to dealer, but problem could not be found.

- Boyonton Beach, FL, USA

problem #32

Nov 251999

Taurus

  • miles
Car accelerates all on its on, including going uphill without even touching the gas pedal car will travel between 30 and 40 mph. When placed in park car races at between 3500 and 4500 rpms and has to be shut off. Placing the car in neutral does not eliminate the problem. Have had car at the dealer twice and they couldn't find or couldn't be bother to find problem. Requires excessive brake use and sometimes still lurches forward with four wheel antilock brakes applied. Have notified Ford Motor Company and they sent me a questionnaire!! this has been going on now for 5 months without resolution and it is inevitable that an accident is surely to occur.

- Lowell, MA, USA

problem #31

Feb 232000

Taurus

  • miles
When the vehicle is in park consumer has to hold down the brake pedal tightly because vehicle will accelerate up to 3rpms. If brake pedal isn't held down hard, vehile will take off.

- Harlingen, TX, USA

problem #30

Oct 151999

Taurus

  • miles
Sudden acceleration without operator action. In October '99, the vehicle was on the highway traveling forward when it began to accelerate. The operator stepped on the brakes hard for a while and the acceleration stopped. In January '00 the car was parked in the operator's garage. The operator started the vehicle and then the RPM's picked up to a level way above normal fast idle. The operator noticed that the accelerator pedal had no resistance. The dealer was notified this time and he sent 2 mechanics to inspect. The dealer replied that everything was "ok".

- Barton, VT, USA

problem #29

Mar 071999

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving down hill and setting speed control at a certain speed, it will not stay at set speed, but it will speed up. Dealer said there was nothing he could do.

- Ashland, KY, USA

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