1998 Ford Taurus LS 3.0 24 valve V6 from North America
OK car if it would have been made to last
The car seemed fine at first, then the tranny wouldn't shift into second gear until 300 or 400 RPM's after it should. I was told by my girlfriend's cousin, who is a mechanic that the shift module to the sensor was going out. This is the reason for the long shift into second.
Also he said that the tranny pump could be weak, or had weakened to the point of replacement. I don't have a real problem with it yet. The car still drives me to work every day. I think I will fix these minor problems and sell this car. These cars seem to have too many problems for me.
Not a bad car, but would not buy another one unless new.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 21st August, 2009
The transmissions are notorious on these. Fix it before it gets worse and get rid of it while it still runs. The engines are rock solid on those cars but they couldn't match it with a decent tranny unfortunately.
Your car has certainly lived up to it's potential. Domestic cars are really only designed to live to about 130,000 miles anyways. That way they outlast their warranties only by a small amount so you're forced to get a new car. All my domestics have made it to only about 130,000. And I did take care of them. Oil every 3,000 miles, spark plugs and wires changed every 50,000, fuel filter and transmission fluid changed every 30,000 miles, if they had a timing belt I would have that changed every 60,000 miles, whether it looked like it needed it or not.
Domestic cars are great if you're looking for a cheap, disposable piece of machinery. But I think Honda's are a better way to go. All my Honda's have made it to over 400,000 miles with the same maintenance I gave my domestics.
Once Ford gave the Taurus the AX4N transmission the reliability was no longer a problem. Older Tauri used AX4S and older transmissions that were flawed in their engineering and construction. The AX4S was known to all of a sudden "Crash" out of the blue. All the gears would suddenly grind up and implode and transmission oil would be all over the place. Certain stuff inside the transmission was made of plastic and aluminum which would break and corrode.
Also Ford in general is notorious for making terrible transmissions with lousy "cooling" of the transmission fluid. The transmission radiator was made too small or there wasn't one to begin with. The excessive heat caused early transmission failure. This plagued Ford all through the 90s. But what did they care. They wanted "planned obsolescence". Which backfired on them of course since people lost faith in their product and simply bought Toyotas and Hondas instead. People have been switching over to imports since the 60s and 70s.