1998 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L Vulcan from North America


It's a wonder this thing is still going!


I have had an issue with the transmission since I bought the car. Only a week after I bought the car, the service engine soon light came on, and I took it back to the original dealership I bought it from. They said it was a transmission error, and I had to bring it to a transmission-specialist. Both the dealership and the transmission people said that, when I bought it in the summer of 2006, the transmission wouldn't last me through to the winter's end. Here it is, the fall of 2007, my SES light is still on, and my transmission is guzzling tranny fluid like nobody's business.

Also, this car tends to overheat very quickly. Some of my friends have said that the thermostat may have died. Whatever the cause, I sure don't mind it in the winter, when I have to wait for the windows to defrost! The heat from the engine is so instantaneous, that it melts the snow quicker than it defrosts the windows!...wait, that's not good, is it?

General Comments:

Meh, it gets me from point A to point B. Need a new car soon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th October, 2007

1998 Ford Taurus SE from North America


I really dislike all of it; not dependable


Tranny is always shaking badly.

When the AC is on the idle, it jumps froms 1 to 2 and rocks the whole car back and forth.

My freeze plug went out and leaked all over the tranny, and cost me 1000.00 to fix.

It feels as though there is no get up and go, and you have to slowly ease on the gas to shift.

My check engine light is always on, and ABS sometimes.

It makes a strange stretching noise when you turn either way.

Now it smells of semi truck exhaust, and makes a loud squeaking noise when you sit in park.

I will NEVER buy a Ford again, I really wish they would recall these cars!!

General Comments:

Other than normally wear and tear on a car that age, I really love it's look and comfort.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th August, 2007

1998 Ford Taurus SE 24valve D.O.H.C. from North America


Too much trouble!


I have had problems with dome light staying on, put a new bulb in and now so far it's fine.

I also have squeaking now and then turning corners, I just slowed down and it's fine. It only happens once or twice in the past year.

The big problem is my "check engine light". The first code was 0401 last year, they put an erg solenoid in. Two weeks later light is on again. I just bought a scanner to read the codes. They should come with the car. Now I get a 0171 and 0174- system too lean and also the 0401 again. Making an appointment to get it fixed. Now I know the codes and reading the comments from this site has helped me greatly.

General Comments:

I love this car, it runs great. I get great gas mileage. However I will not buy another Ford product.

You do have to baby this car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th July, 2007

26th Jan 2008, 23:03

I have a 1997 Ford Taurus, I have to agree it is a nice car to drive, but I have so many problems with it I'm dumping the piece of crap. I had problems with the transmission, brakes, power steering pump, and over heating. It has aluminum heads that are now warped from the over heating, so now it want stop leaking oil. The sad thing is it only has 127,091 miles on it. I will never buy any Ford again as long as I live.

17th May 2008, 04:58

I have a 1998 that I have beat to hell. It has 207000 miles on it and I just wrecked it on a big pile of dirt, going 90. It flew 40 feet, hit on the nose and landed on the side, and it still runs like a champ. I am now looking for one with a bad motor or tranny to put mine in. Love the car, don't know why, and I'm 17 and love to work on cars.

If you don't take care of a car, it's not going to last long. People say how big a piece of crap this car is, because they don't take care of them; they drive 10,000 miles before they change the oil and do stuff like that, and expect them to go 200,000+ miles, but they go 70000-100000 and break down and they wonder why.

17th May 2008, 14:04

I read these comments and wonder how we were always so incredibly lucky with all our Fords. Of course, they do eventually start falling apart. In our last case it was at just over 300,000 miles.