4th May 2009, 09:48

I bought a 1999 Taurus from the local Ford dealership. The car was from a rental fleet with 14K miles. This car has been great for us. Driving 55, we can get close to 30 mpg. My daughter is now driving it with 117K on it. Around 100K miles we put some money into it. The front springs had broken, and while they were replaced under recall, they were broken long enough that it damaged the struts. We ended up replacing the struts, ball joints, front bearings, rotors and drums, stabilizer links, spark plugs, and wires. We performed the labor ourselves, so did not spend TOO much on the repairs. At this point, we are probably right at ten cents per mile. I know a lot of people have had issues with the Taurus, but we are a fan - knock on wood.

28th Sep 2009, 20:57

I bought a 99 Ford Taurus in 2002. The wipers do occasionally come on by themselves. But overall it has been a nice dependable car!

9th Nov 2009, 17:29

I bought a used 99 Ford Taurus in Aug of 06, since then I have had many problems with this car. I have had my coolant reservoir replaced, along with the thermometer, cap, hoses etc. I have had to replace the water pump and heater core. My windshield wipers go on at will and my seat belts will not go down. Last week I had the steering rack replaced. I have also had a problem with the rotors, and had them replaced twice so far.

11th Nov 2009, 23:02

Just purchased a 1999 Taurus SE. Fell in love with the car, was driving a Ford Windstar for over 4 years (it was too big for my needs). I'm on the road and do a lot of driving.

Did some local driving in the past few days, overall the car feels very sturdy and smooth. I know that it will need some repairs (spring and shocks) let`s face it, the car is 10 years old.

The only thing that has me worried is the heater issue. I think the previous owner never did change the prestone and so the fluid has a hard time circulating as it should. Will try to solve this week, the system needs a good flush. I will report as I go along. Look for all of you out there, I had driven 2 SHO`S in the 90`s and they were expensive to maintain. I am looking forward at how this model pans out as I feel (after doing research) that the Vulcan 3 Litre engine will do the job, is reliable and sturdy, and if properly maintained will give me a lot of mileage.

As far as whatever else could go wrong (as long as it`s not a transmission), I will have to live with it.

2nd Dec 2009, 09:30

I just got a 1999 SE Ford Taurus. A couple of days after I started driving it, the service engine soon light came on. I've noticed that the transmission is slipping from first to second gear... The car is currently at the garage being inspected. From what I have read on this site regarding the transmission, it could be the "torque converter clutch" I'm just inquiring if anyone has any suggestions?

I'm not prepared to replace the transmission, and I was just curious if anyone had some solutions?

I have also noticed "the lack of heat", and before I start replacing parts, I'm going to ask my mechanic to flush out the heater core.

Also wanted to mention that this is a great site.. I'll keep you posted and let you know what my mechanic comes back with!

17th Dec 2009, 14:18

I bought my Taurus 1999 about a few months ago. Had commented on the fact that I had a Ford Windstar. Turns out that the heater core was not the culprit the last time. It needed to be flushed (focus of the flush was the by pass near the front of the firewall). This part of the tubing has to be looked into and flushed using air pressure as well as clear running water. The problem was solved almost immediately.

If you have doubts about the tranny, look into the codes that appear on the OB2B device that some technicians have. If there is no code appearing, a simple flush replacing all 12 Litres of transmission fluid (also replacing the transmission fluid in there)and IT will not miss shifts any longer. I hope that I helped someone out there with some good advice.

17th Dec 2009, 22:09

I just had commented earlier today, about the 99 Taurus SE with the heater problem that turned out to be more of a circulation issue. Some garages told me outright that the heater core (7 hour labour) would have to be changed, well I did not need to go there.

The other thing that has to be checked is the radiator cap on those plastic overflow tanks. Seems that if the cap is not working properly, you will lose pressure and the heating is not constant. Believe me, up here in Montreal, we get some VERY COLD SPELLS, so I know for a fact that this CAP is a must, and needs to be changed. Hope that this advice was helpful to whomever has this problem.

18th Dec 2009, 08:39

Except, 14:18, I would not get a transmission flush. The best way is to remove the pan so you can change the filter and drain out the fluid. Changing the filter is key. I've heard so many people who started having transmission problems right after getting a flush, thinking they were doing something good for the car.

30th Apr 2011, 21:29

I would check the wheel bearings. That's what it sounds like.

21st May 2011, 11:14

140k and you say you will never own another, really? I'd say you got your money's worth!

7th Jul 2011, 11:01

Fair warning, I know very little about cars. I recently bought my Ford Taurus SE from a family member for a low price. The day after I bought it, my brakes completely lost pressure. Luckily I was close enough to my home to make it back safely. Had the lines replaced, but they still have a slow leak.

Also have the dome light/door ajar problem, but my main concern is the front end. Every time I go over a speed bump, there is an awful scraping noise. It seems the plastic protecting the undercarriage in the front is not attached well, and the part of the engine behind it seems to hang rather low.

Like I said, I'm a bit challenged in the auto knowledge department, so I'm really not sure what to call these parts. I'm hoping it's not a serious problem, and was hoping maybe someone had this experience or some idea of the severity of this problem. Thanks in advance.

10th Apr 2013, 17:41

Power steering is a major/common issue in Ford Tauruses. I have a 99 Ford Taurus SE at 160,000 miles; love it to death, even though "if it weren't for Fords, mechanics would be outta a job".

Anyways, the power steering, you may want to check if you have a leak in the rack and pinion, or leak in the power steering line/container. I know this will make you say this person is nuts, but I use tranny oil for my power steering instead of power steering fluid, because it is thicker and the noise is gone; Tauruses seem to like it better.

I have had practically every problem possible with the Taurus, and have fixed them all, so if you guys have any questions, please ask; I may have an answer to cure it :-) Take care!

6th Sep 2015, 18:08

I bought my '99 Taurus last year, have issues with the power doors and locks - no biggie.

Also have a squeal when driving slow speeds, going forward, but it's OK going around a corner.

Just starting a couple days ago, my engine dies while driving, stalls out in stop and go traffic, at stop signs and lights. My coworker followed me home and said I had unspent fuel pouring out every time I had to restart the engine. The idle has been fairly low, but when it stalls during driving it spikes to 3000 RPM, back to "normal" around 2000, then goes to 500 and stalls. Not totally sure what the issue is, believe it needs a tuneup and/or is a fuel-related issue.

15th May 2016, 15:24

Hi, I've had the same problem with my Cavalier turning hard then letting go and feeling like it's super easy to turn. My strut mount bearings were shot in my front struts, the race was destroyed and the ball bearings were rusted out.