really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
47,600 miles

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1998 Ford Taurus body / paint problems

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1998 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 272013


  • 66,000 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Ford Taurus. The contact stated that he noticed the vinyl on the dashboard was detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis but was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 66,000.

- Pen City West , AZ, USA

problem #4

Sep 142011

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 102,000 miles
Applied brakes while stopped in parking lot, pedal went to floor, all brake fluid now under car. Unable to lift car, no metal existed from floorpan to rocker panel bottom. Brake lines had been affixed to this metal, and now had lost support/mounting place and vibrated and fell apart. The outside of the car looked almost new, but the plastic trim on the lower sill hid the problem outside. Now, the door sill(both sides)are getting so bad, we are afraid to step on them, or go over a bad bump or railroad track. I don't understand this, as this metal rotted from the inside-out, as though it never went thru a rust prevention bath process. My friends are current Ford people or, like myself, are retired Ford people, they said Taurus veh. Cant have this extreme problem, but I do. Thanks for asking.

- Westland,Mi, MI, USA

problem #3

Aug 172012

Taurus 6-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
After driving about a mile, the air conditioning stopped and black smoke came out of the hood. Stopped the car and thought of opening the hood but saw flames. Three adults and two children (5 and 2 yrs old) got out of the car. Called police and fire service. By the time they arrive, the car was in flames. The engine and front row seats were totally burnt. The car was a total loss. There was no way to determine the reason for the (mysterious) fire. This happened in miami, Florida.

- Rockville, MD, USA

problem #2

Jul 011997


  • miles
Trunk will not remain open, it will close on consumer's head, took to dealer, and they said the weight of the spoiler will not hold it up.

- Lincoln, ME, USA

problem #1

Jun 011999


  • miles
This is an SE model with a factory installed spoiler on the trunk. The springs are not strong enough to hold the trunk lid in it's fully open position. This has hit myself and members of my family several times. How long before one of my kids get seriously hurt getting something from the trunk!! the dealer says it is because of the added weight of the factory installed spoiler. They say they can not fix the problem. This is nonsense. The service report stated that no problem was found!!

- Saint Charles, IL, USA

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