13th Dec 2005, 13:48

I have a 1999 Ford Taurus with 45,000 miles on it. I bought it new 7 years ago. Last year I had to have the steering rack replaced. Also, last winter my heater started to give me trouble. It would blow warm air, but never get hot. I recently took it to a shop that specializes in radiator and heater repairs, they blew out the heater core and now it is operating as it did when it was new, plenty of heat. It cost me $70 this was the best money that I ever spent.

30th Dec 2005, 13:37

I purchased a used 99 Taurus 3.0L LX with 100,000 miles from a municipal auction. The County in charge of service for his car is known for good REGULAR maintaince and I have no problems (for the last 6 months of use) with this car what-so-ever. I think if regular service is performed many problems can be avoided. Ignore/abuse any vehicle and you can expect trouble.

10th Apr 2006, 11:19

As for the speedometer, it is probably a computer chip in the transmission. We had that same problem and thought our trans. was dying, but we took it to a local Trans shop and they found the problem right away. $150 to fix. That was a year ago, now the transmission is really going. It has 107K miles and we are unsure if we should rebuild it or get a new car.

We have also had many of the same problems others have had. But up until last year we hadn't really spent that much money on it, except for new brakes and turning of the rotors of course.

9th May 2006, 09:51

The windshield wipers on my '99 Taurus wagon have a mind of their own. They activate at random times, whether the vehicle is moving or not, rain or shine, hot or cold. I rented a new Taurus a few years ago and it did the same thing. I have read about the experiences of other Taurus owners and I see that many others have observed this behavior, too. Isn't this, in fact, a design/manufacturing defect that Ford should resolve at no cost to their customers?

16th Jun 2006, 14:39

Hello, thanks for the comments. I recently purchased a 1999 Taurus for my daughter to take to college. Of course I bought it from a salvage yard and had the engine rebuilt. Apparently it had been overheated and cracked the block.

Now that I can actually drive the vehicle, I noticed that the transmission seems to slip going from first to second. From the looks of it, maintenance was performed as scheduled on the transmission. The vehicle has 140,000 miles on it, and I am not sure if I should invest in having the transmission rebuilt, or if it even needs it. I only have $2000.00 in it so far, so blue book still lists it at a higher resale and trade in value. Other than that it seems to be fine. Any help in helping me decide would be great. Thanks.

26th Jun 2006, 10:29

Speed sensor on these will let you rev the engine. You can usually pickup speed a little, but the transmission will not change right. I am thinking a speed sensor cost about 40.

4th Jul 2006, 07:30

I have had my 99 Taurus since 2003 with relatively no problems, other than the low coolant light always being on.

But this week we had a large pool of fluid on the garage floor. It's power steering fluid. So I now have the dreaded steering issue. Is this something that I could replace? Sounds like it's expensive to have done. Any help is appreciated. Sounds like Ford will not help on a known problem.

4th Jul 2006, 15:14

Greetings all and thanks for your help. I had the "dome light on forever" problem in my '99 Sable wagon. Although I admit to being skeptical at first, generous application of WD40 to all 4 door latches followed by half a dozen door slams solved the problem!

24th Jul 2006, 19:56

I bought a 99 Taurus SE for my daughter and so far it has run well. I have noticed 2 problems recently;

1. Windshield washer pump died. Are these easy to replace?

2. Car has always made kind of a roaring sound. Recently it has become louder. Only makes it while driving and seems to get louder as speed increases. Trans fluid is clean and shifting is OK. Drive-shafts seem to be fine. Not sure what this could be. Any suggestions?

25th Jul 2006, 06:09

Have the front and rear wheel bearings checked.

25th Aug 2006, 21:20

Problems with my 1999 Taurus have so far not been too costly until this week, I'm now at 145,000 km. Here's my problems to date:

I've had to replace the rad fluid overflow reservoir when it was cracked, one front wheel hub, both rear brake cylinders, the rad hoses (they kind of blew up). The rubber hose leading to the windshield washers broke and I spliced it with another piece of rubber. This week it's going to cost a lot to replace the Power train Control Module (PCM) that has been causing the "Check Engine Soon" light to come on. I checked with Ford Customer Service and of course they were of no help with the PCM since it's outside the warranty period. So far no problem with the steering rack, I'll keep my fingers crossed.

7th Nov 2006, 19:01

I have a 1999 Ford Taurus with 50,000 miles. The power steering pump has gone out, there is fluid leaking behind the front wheel. My wipers go on when ever the want. My heater only blows cold air. Every time I get in the car something else goes wrong. With all these problems and other people with the same things going wrong, one would think FORD would have a recall.

21st Dec 2006, 16:03

I have a 1999 Ford Taurus and have had many of the problems previously listed. The newest one is my question>> All of the sudden both my cruise control and horn have both stopped working. We checked all fuses and relays and cannot figure out what the issue may be. If anyone has any suggestions on where to start looking next, please let me know! Thanks.

21st Jan 2007, 12:31

Try a different mechanic. If you paid $200 to have spark plugs replaced, and the mechanic somehow led you to believe that spark plugs were related to the heater, you are being badly ripped off. It costs less than $12 and takes less than half an hour to change spark plugs.

23rd Jan 2007, 10:13

I bought my 1999 Ford Taurus new and have had WAY more than normal cost of ownership issues.

* At 38,000 lost all coolant through one of the frost plugs, had to have the heads planed. Over heating the motor caused casting sand to flake off and plug the heater core. This is on-going and requires the system to be pressure flushed or have the heater core removed and unplugged annually. Even then the car produces very little heat. Ford recalled Taurus' through 1998 with this problem, but refused to do anything about my '99 model.

* At 39,000 the coolant overflow bottle cracked and had to be replaced.

* At about 40,000 the wipers started operating whenever they felt like it.

* At 45,000 replaced the DPFE sensor and EGR valve.

* At 50,000 replaced both front wheel bearings.

* At 100,000 replaced all 4 struts.

* At about 100,000 replaced the fuel pump.

* At 120,000 replaced inner tie rods and steering rack.

* At about 120,000 recalled to put "boots" around the coil springs so they won't puncture the tires when they break. How about replacing the springs instead?

* At 140,000 replaced lower ball joints and alternator.

I've driven Fords my whole life, but never again.