2nd Sep 2003, 07:42

I bought a 98 Taurus last October. The check engine light comes on after we have been driving a while. I started out to the beach this past weekend and had to turn around when the car kept acting like it was going to cut off. That has been happening a lot lately. It will run fine for a while and then act up. Has anyone else had problems with their Taurus acting like it wants to cut off while driving? I love my car, but I probably won't keep it.

18th Aug 2004, 10:36

I have the same problem with my dome lights staying on and was told the problem is in the door. My right passenger window sometimes will not roll down. I mentioned the door ajar light staying on when it was under warranty and was told they could find nothing wrong. I love the space in the car, but scared to buy another Ford.

23rd Aug 2004, 20:53

I have a 98 Ford Taurus. It has what seems to be a transmission problem. It only occurs though when turning corners. Why would that be? It is usually when taking a left turn going about 20 - 30 mph. It shifts hard and squawks the tires. Any ideas.

27th Sep 2004, 12:07

Oh my god, my 98 Ford Taurus does the same thing when turning corners. Why would it do that? I have the same question. My Taurus is now sitting due to the tranny problem for I am scared it is going to quit on me. My friend also had a 98 and replaced his tranny. I was told twice not to buy this car and did so anyways. What a bad move. Never again will I buy a Ford.

8th Oct 2004, 17:57

I bought a 1998 Ford Taurus SE with 24 Valve Motor August 22 2004 with 105,000 miles. Looked good with regular oil changes. Shortly there after the dome light and floor light would not go off, sometimes. Took them out. Then the door locks do not always lock when you start to drive, or 10 miles down the road they will. But now something really scary is happening. The car sometimes goes nuts! It is like the car is going to stall, then it is like you floor it. When I put it in neutral the tach will shoot up to 3500 rpm, then drop to 750. Does not matter if AC is on or off, fast or slow, or even stopped. My 95 Thunderbird purchased new only had front rotor problems and a rebuilt tranny at 150,000, now it has 264,000. I thought the Taurus would last like the T-Bird, guessed wrong. Anyone with info about the electrical, computer, tach, problem please post answer. Seems like a good car other wise, fast and comfortable. Would not buy another Taurus. Thank you.

12th Oct 2004, 07:54

I've had a 95 civic for three years before I got in a wreck and the car was totaled, and never had any problems. just the usual brakes and tune up. my friend has a 98 Taurus Se that he's selling cheap because the transmission went out. I was thinking of buying it, but I'm afraid of getting an American car. everyone I know that owns one have had problems unless they buy it new then it last about a year or two. the Taurus's exterior and interior is in excellent condition, but I don't know if it's worth buying. it might end-up costing more on the long run. he will let me have it for $1300. what do you guys think I should do?

27th Nov 2004, 21:01

I've had all the problems with my transmission that everyone else had. my car would also squawk the tires when turning and shift hard. I was told it was the torque converter and I had the Transmission replaced, thank god for the Extended Warranty. My tranny went out at 49,000 miles. I just got it back two weeks ago and its still screwed up. Piece of junk car. I think we need to report this car to the government, it's an obvious lemon.

10th Dec 2004, 09:54

I have a 98 Taurus Se with 105,000 miles on it and it is the biggest piece of junk there is. I had to replace tranny as well. Have not had dome light problems yet, but my check engine light stays on all the time and never goes off unless I pull power from the battery. Today while driving to work it started to cut out on the freeway and I again need to bring it to the mechanic to have it looked at. I will never buy another FORD again. This car is a serious lemon and the government should investigate.

25th May 2005, 21:09

Just got my 98 Ford Taurus back from the shop today after my second transmission was put in. Now there telling me the back bearings are going out. Figures. By the way, if your check engine light is on, most likely the transmission pump has gone out to start. Replace that first when the light comes on. That's what is causing your tranny to die. Will never buy another one. Never had a problem with a ford before. Have a 90 Ranger, 170,000 miles and wouldn't get rid of it. That truck won't die. Has never let me down. Wish the Taurus was that way. Better luck next time, I Hope!

18th Aug 2005, 03:51

I have a 98 Ford Taurus SE 24valve D.O.H.C. I love it, but I have had the problems. The dome light and open door lights stay on, this also causes the doors not to lock while in motion, to fix this I took WD40 and sprayed it into the door locks with the little straw. Problem solved. Now the transmission solenoid is junk, wonder what that's going to cost me. The dealer can replace the door sensor to eliminate the light problem, but it will only come back, WD40 works. Does anyone have a problem when its cold, my doors will not close, I have to lift the door latch inside the door up a couple of times or the door flies open when driving.

10th Nov 2005, 11:58

Yes yes yes and once again yes. I have had all of the same problems! I received this car as a gift... some gift. It has 169000 miles on it and, I'm lucky kind of, the tranny is starting to go. It also has a mind of its own. The lights dim on and off at night. My grandparents always bought fords and never had any problems with them. I was hoping I had the same luck! Thanks sis! DKD.

9th Dec 2005, 14:55

I have a 98 Taurus sitting in my driveway with a blown transmission. Apparently, I am not the only one!!! And yes, the dome/door light problem plagues this P.O.S. as well.

Lucky I got a great deal on it from my in-laws!

24th Jun 2006, 03:39

Yea I have the SAME problems!!! This car really is terrible!! Door ajar, dome light staying on, transmission problems or shuttering while turning. I've got it all.

But another problem was that the evaporator coil and compressor went out at 50,000 miles! (over $800).

I have the 24valve DOHC limited edition package and I loved it at first, but it really does seem now to be a money pit! Another problem every week.

Just realized that the center console screws were striped from the inside, so the console won't even close shut! This car was just built SO CHEAP!! I'll never buy a FORD again!