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pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
4,750 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 engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 072001

(reported on)


  • 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 #3

Mar 052002


  • miles
Vehicle in park, engine running, vehicle idling normally at about 1000 RPM. All of a sudden engine idle will go up to about 3500 RPM, cannot kick down. The only thing I could do was to shut engine off and restart.

- Kenmore, NY, USA

problem #2

Sep 031998

(reported on)


  • miles
Design of vehicles were calibrated with increased dash-pot function causing in the vehicle not decelerating when taking the foot off the pedal.

- Annandale, VA, USA

problem #1

Nov 031998


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving the vehicle will idle which will cause the vehicle to accelerate with the brakes applied. This may cause an accident. Had to place the vehicle in neutral and turn off the engine in order to stop the idle and accleration. Dealer replaced idle air valve, but problem is still occurring. Cause unknown.

- St Louis, MO, USA

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