1997 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L 12valve from North America
Ford...Hire Geo Metro's engineers!
Transmission was bad when I bought the car used.
Interior lights stayed on, running down the battery, all doors were closed
(left rear door switch was temporarily defective).
Coolant reservoir was extremely dirty with brown sludge inside. I flushed the cooling system myself with a garden hose. This caused the reservoir to start leaking, resulting in engine overheating twice (unaware of leak). Undoubtedly this has done engine damage.
This is extremely poor engineering. The reservoir is directly connected to the lower radiator hose, subjecting it to full cooling system pressure and temperatures. If this plastic reservoir leaks, you may soon lose your coolant and ruin your engine before you get any alarms!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th July, 2002
2nd Mar 2004, 19:14
You definitely did the wrong thing flushing the coolant yourself. I have been the proud owner of two 1997 Taurus' myself (wrecked #1). The only reason I say you shouldn't have flushed it yourself would be the fact flushing it was covered by recalls. Trust me, I went through the same thing myself. I'm sorry you went through all of the agony, but it wasn't the car's fault, or a bad design... should have taken it to the dealer first!
Good Luck in the future.