1999 Ford Taurus SE from North America
It looks nice, but looks aren't everything
I only got the car about six months ago, luckily I had a 30 day warranty. The battery light would always go on after 80 miles/hour. They put in a new alternator.
My steering wheel was very shaky, it was hard to turn, plus made a "crying" noise. They had to put a new steering pump, another part to make it easy to turn, then ball joints, and an alignment and balance. It also smells like rotten eggs on the highway, they found a leak in the anti-freeze, and changed some wires, but it still sometimes smells.
The second to the last day of the warranty, I was cold and tried the heat, guess what, nothing, it was hot then went cold. So because it was summer and my AC was fine, they said in the winter when I go on my maternity leave, they will fix the heat. The only money I had to really put in it was oil changes a pulley and front brakes, so far. They put over $800 in the first month.
Oh yea, and some times when I use my turn signal, the wipers go on for some reason.
This was also from a private dealer who were my friends, so I got lucky with that too.
To me its very comfortable and roomy. Its runs good and is pretty quiet, plus it looks nice. When I got it, it was at 116,000 so a lot of the problems were already taken care of, thank God I drive over 60 miles to work and back because otherwise I would have never noticed half of the problems. But again, hopefully that don't kill the car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 28th October, 2005
29th Oct 2005, 15:03
Sorry - you bought a car with 116k and got a warranty???
The hot, then cold air blowing is the climate control at work (if fitted - I think all Taunuses are). If you leave it to stabilise with the windows shut it will attain the right temperature.
The rotten eggs smell is from the catalytic converter and is caused by the high sulphur content in the petrol. It has nothing to do with the cooling system.
The squealing is either the power steering pump seizing or the drivebelt slipping, or water leaking over the drivebelt.