1998 Ford Taurus from North America
It's a POS
Well when I first bought the car in March of 06, it worked fine... then it started to sputter, and act like it would stall... Now the High Beams won't go off!!! It kills my battery, and I haven't been able to drive it for over a week now! My husband has tried to pull just about every fuse, and according to the book and where the fuses are located, they don't match up, so we have no idea what to do next!!! Does anyone else have this problem, or is it just my car?
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 8th November, 2006
I know, this is a crazy idea, but have you considered CONSULTING A MECHANIC about either problem?
The high beams that won't turn off could be a simple broken switch, so when you flip the stalk back and forth, nothing happens. If you mean that the lights stay on when you turn the car off, there should be a dial on the dashboard that controls how long they stay on; it can be set so that they do not stay on (on my '94 SHO it resembles a mouse wheel).
If you don't have an owner's manual, you can download one (as of November 2006) and print it yourself. The "autolamp" control is on page 17. Google for "Taurus owners manual".
The faltering, sounds like it's going to stall could have several problems including air filter full of junk (ever checked it?), fuel filter full of junk (same question), timing might need to be adjusted, etc. A mechanic would know much more about this than I would.
The point is, you have written off the car as a POS without any sign of ever putting it in the shop. If the car was brand new, you would have a valid complaint about these problems, but on an older vehicle, they are par for the course. If they are too much to bear, I would suggest that you lease in the future. With eight years of unknown service history, you should be braced for anything. A friend of mine once bought a six year old 80000 mile Honda Accord that died of engine failure after a year; apparently the only time the oil was ever changed before he got it, was when the used car dealer bought it.