pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
139,000 miles
Total Complaints:
4 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (4 reports)
1998 Ford Taurus engine problems

engine problem

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1998 Ford Taurus Owner Comments

problem #4

Dec 052010

Taurus SE 3.0L Ohv

  • Automatic transmission
  • 147,000 miles


This problem has been afraid to leave my driveway. It will start but won't idle. Checked the fuel pressure and it was low. Change the fuel pump relay a couple weeks ago and it ran find. Thought it was fixed. Then it let me down about 18 miles from home had to pay a $75.00 tow bill to get it home. Went out about 2 hours later and it started right up and idled fine. Ran fine for another week and a half. Then today (21 Dec 2010) it wouldn't idle again. It will fire up but cut right off. I swapped a couple of relays and still nothing. I waited about 1/2 hour, dreading another tow bill, then it fire up and ran fine the 8 miles home. I am thinking about putting in a new fuel pump tomorrow, but the pump, strainers and press regulator will cost about $175.00 at Autozone.

The crazy part is that once it starts to idle, it will run fine and doesn't cutoff or miss or anything. Once you cut it off, you never know when it will or will not start! I had a 1984 Lincoln T/C that I drove for 20 years that only broke down with a bad coil once. This Taurus has cost more in repairs in 4 years than the Lincoln did in 20! I am a Ford, Mercury and Lincoln guy, but no more Tauruses for me!

- , Richmond, VA, USA

problem #3

Dec 222007

Taurus SE 3.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 128,000 miles

Don't feel bad now just got on the website and guess what, every problem that is mentioned my car has had. the stupid thing left me stranded at Christmas. no way home. had it towed and guess what, the things started right up. not once did that happen but three times. lucky the mechanic didn't charge for the third tow. But he did say that you can't fix something that is not broke and with it starting up at his shop I was sh*t out of luck when it came to my pocket book.

- , Foster, KY, USA

problem #2

Oct 232009


  • Automatic transmission
  • 136,000 miles

At least I'm not alone. I have searched and searched and no solution. Even Justanswers.com couldn't help

- , Saint Cloud, FL, USA

problem #1

May 192009

Taurus SE V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 145,000 miles

My piece of sh*t car wont start! the battery is fine and the radio and lights work but sometimes the damn thing wont start. THen i will leave the car sit and not touch it for 3 days, then it will start up about 100 times in a row and then one day will come along and it wont start!!!!!!! Ford taurus is a piece of sh*t car and no one should buy it.

- , Pine Island, MN, USA

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