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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
81,773 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 suspension problems

suspension problem

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1998 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #6

Jul 032012


  • 210,245 miles


When I was turning a corner my car started to shimmy like it had a flat tire I got out to check only to find there isnt a flat tire and that my rack and pinion is gone bad on the passenger side of my car I just replaced the same part on the other side a year ago everytime the alignment goes out the rack and pinion goes bad!

- Soda Springs , ID, USA

problem #5

Nov 102008

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 142,392 miles
In June 2008 I started my regular yearly maintenance schedule of my 1998 Ford Taurus wagon. I had my oil change & rotated/balanced my tires. In October 2008 I had two tires replaced (all of my service was done @ a Ford dealership in my city) and a multi-point inspection for my vehicle inspection. The mechanic advised me that my car needed rear shocks, as the outer casing was rotted! left inner tie rod was loose & front brakes were worn. I went in on Oct 23, 2008 and had all of the work done!,$417.45 for front brakes, resurfaced front rotors; replaced front inner tie rod. Then on 11/10/08 I went in to have my vehicle inspected and was advised that it failed, the rocker panels were rotted out! I made an appt for 11/19/08 to find out how much it would cost to fix this & learned that the rocker panels were not available from Ford & that I needed to fabricate new ones! my car, which had 142,555 miles on it, which I thought to be in perfect condition, did not pass inspection because of sub-frame rot! this vehicle has only been serviced by Ford dealerships, who had just pocketed $621.45 of my money to perform work on a car that they refused to inspect! in searching for estimates to repair this damage I learned that all Taurus' rusted in the same place! under the rocker panel covers, right where mine was rotted. I was told by every company to junk my car! I called Ford to express my concerns and was only told "your car is no longer under warranty". I just learned today about recalls on Ford vehicles due to subframe rot! my car is still sitting in my driveway. I have been unable to fix it and have not junked it yet because I am so saddened that it was never fixed by Ford. I have every receipt for all the work performed on my car and would like my car to be included in the updated recalls on Ford vehicles! thank you. [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Rochester, NH, USA

problem #4

Mar 152009


  • 138,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Ford Taurus. While backing up in the driveway at low speeds, the vehicle made a rubbing noise. The contact noticed that the coil spring punctured the tire. The vehicle has not been repaired. The dealer stated that there were no open recalls for this vehicle. The contact found a 1999 recall for this component online. The failure and current mileages were 138,000.

- Manchester, NH, USA

problem #3

Jun 012000


  • miles


When turning a corner vehicle made a squeaking sound, especially when turning to right.

- Groveland, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 201999

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle drifts off to the right, and when applying the brakes the vehicle shimmies excessively. Dealer says steering column was malfunctioning. Problem still exists.

- Sallisaw, OK, USA

problem #1

Aug 261998

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The steering wheel vibrates and shimmies when driving at 60 to 70mph. Dealer syas they are aware of problem and are working to fix it.

- Centerville, VA, USA

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