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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 4 of 5)

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problem #28

Dec 161999

Taurus

  • miles

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

Idle air control (iac) valve stuck, causing sudden acceleration and crash into a business sign. Assumed driver error since no other apparent cause. After repairs, on January 24, 2000, throttle opened suddenly again causing car to accelerate in reverse while backing from residence garage. No damage this time. Later same day at highway speed, throttle again opened but was brought under control.

- Saltillo, MS, USA

problem #27

Nov 231999

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles
When coming to a stop vehicle will lurch/jump forward intermittently, causing safety hazard.dealer cannot determine cause.

- Douglassville, GA, USA

problem #26

Nov 151998

Taurus

  • miles
Ongoing problem with vehicle not deaccelerating when foot is removed off pedal. Vehicle would intermittently continue for a few seconds or more, and sometimes up to a minute, before vehicle would return to normal speed. Dealer notified, and informed consumer that condition was normal.

- Panaca, NV, USA

problem #25

Nov 101999

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles

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

Vehicle does not decelerate normally when the accelerator is released due to a computer controlled design feature of the engine. The design flaw results in deceleration, and excesive acceleration if going down hill. Also causes cruise control to overshoot the set speed by 20-40 mph

- Ridge Crest, CA, USA

problem #24

Oct 151999

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles
Car idles 1,000-1,100 RPM. Will travel more than a mile on level highway after accelerator released. Braking is never assisted by engine as should happen to one degree or another

- Cumming, GA, USA

problem #23

Sep 281999

Taurus

  • miles
I was disengaging cruise control which was set at 62 mph to deaccelerate on a decline to maneuver curves in road. I applied brakes and they did not respond. Car actually started to accelerate resulting in a crash against a guard rail. Air bags failed to deploy and resulted in two injuries although not severe

- Butte, MT, USA

problem #22

Sep 201999

Taurus

  • miles

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

While at a complete stop, engine accelerated, high idle speed and shifting to neutral would not bring down. Had to shut enginine down. Dealer could not duplicate problem, no codes. Dlr said to return if problem arises again.

- Philadelphia, PA, USA

problem #21

Jul 071999

Taurus

  • miles
When cruise control is set it accelerates al least 15 mph past the speed it was set for.

- Clarence, 00, USA

problem #20

Jan 301999

Taurus

  • miles
Vehicle does not decelerate after the driver has removed foot from gas pedal. Dealer says that the vehicle is operating normally, problem still exists.

- Birmingham, AL, USA

problem #19

Jul 141999

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles
Vehicle has experienced four incidents of sudden acceleration, also has problems with cruise control, due to possible (fuel/throttle/linkages) failure. Mjs

- New London, WI, USA

problem #18

Jun 101999

Taurus

  • miles

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

Vehicle experienced sudden acceleration while backing up, resulting in collision with other vehicles. Mjs

- Philadelph, PA, USA

problem #17

Jul 151999

Taurus

  • miles
Inconsistent speed control, vehicle will not decelerate, will pick up speed on hills, absolutely no engine braking, requires excessive use of brakes

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #16

Jul 221999

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles
While driving down a hill with the cruise control set at a specific speed vehicle will exceed that speed by 25 miles.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #15

May 091999

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Going downhill with speed control set at 65 mph, speed went up to 80 mph. The dealer was made aware of the problem. Condition was stated to be normal.

- Largo, MD, USA

problem #14

Jun 081999

(reported on)

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experiences "speed flair", when brake pedal is released and before consumer can engage accelerator pedal vehicle shoots forward, unable to rectify problems, consumer does not have complete control over vehicle when this occurs. Mjs

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #13

May 281999

(reported on)

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving with cruise control activated it disengaged without manual operation and without warning, cause unknown.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #12

May 211999

Taurus

  • miles
While backing out of a parking space vehicle took off in reverse, causing driver to smash into 3 other cars. Owner experienced same problem on March 26th and April 29th. Those incidents did not result in a crash. The vehicle has been towed to the dealership.

- Athens, GA, USA

problem #11

Apr 131999

(reported on)

Taurus

  • miles
The vehicle will pick up speed by itself withoutaccekerating, which could cause an accident.

- Gaitherburg, MD, USA

problem #10

Feb 081999

Taurus

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle experienced sudden acceleration as driver was putting vehicle into park resulting in vehicle hitting a wall.

- Pittsburgh, PA, USA

problem #9

Jul 011998

Taurus

  • miles
Although cruise control is set, the car accelerates when going down a hill. Acceleration up to additional 15 miles an hour. Driver must brake in order to maintain desired speed. Service department states this has been reported to them, but they have no solution.

- Staunton, VA, USA

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