14th Dec 2004, 01:41
I also have a '99 Taurus. I also have no heat, but I live in Canada Eh! I had the heater core checked, they said it was fine. After reading the first two comments, maybe I will just dress warm. My wipers turn on when ever they want and I had to replace the rack because of a leaking seal.
I have owned this car for one year and put 55000 km. on it.
It's a good car! Not perfect, but good.
15th Jan 2005, 14:17
Same story as the three previous comments. NO HEAT in my 99' Taurus! It is very much a problem, as a live in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and do quite a bit of traveling. Otherwise, I have 140K on it and no major problems.
23rd Jan 2005, 16:23
I have a 99 Taurus SE with no heat also. I changed the heater core, the thermostat and had the radiator flushed. Still no heat. Someone told me last week it was the hot/cold switch in the instrument panel. I will try to take off the panel and replace it myself since no one wants to. The interior lights stay on most of the time unless I manually turn them off. The door ajar stays on most of the time. Someone told me this week to try an spray the door hinges with WD40 and that would stop this problem. Brake rotors have to be changed every year or steering wheel shimmies when you stop. And like other Taurus owners, the windshield wipers come on by themselves. Newest thing is some kind of ticking noise in the engine that no one knows what it could be. I thought it was the fan belt, but I changed that and the pulley and I still get the ticking. So far it has only had to be towed once in 2 years. My vehicle was purchased at 63,000 miles and I have put 60,000 miles on it.
27th Jan 2005, 08:23
Same story here. 1999 Taurus. $450.00 repair bill to fix leaky coolant and flush entire system, including header core and I STILL HAVE NO HEAT!
9th Feb 2005, 00:43
Dang, I must be lucky. I have owned the car since 2000 and it had 20,000 miles and now has 140,000. I have had no problems except with the front brake rotors; they warp easily and the reason is that the manufactures didn't construct the rotors very well. If anyone needs assistance I know a good mechanic that doesn't work on commission and works for Ford and doesn't charge an arm and a leg.
18th May 2006, 18:55
I just bought a 1999 Ford Taurus LX with 63,000 miles on it. So far I have been having problems since day 5! First it was some timing sensor... got that fixed. Then I broke down on a major highway! No power, no nothing! My alternator was shot! Then it started to leak water, but not overheating... but no heat! Luckily I have mechanics in the family and don't have to pay a whole lot... if you don't have heat, check the coolant reservoir!! The part is about 40 bucks, and should only cost about 80 bucks to put on. Don't believe the ones who say "heater core" problems... I was fed that line too! Now I seem to be running well... for now.
19th May 2006, 08:05
$500 for a thermostat?? What a ripoff!
The thermostat itself should not cost more than $6.
Very easy to install too.
I had to replace the heater core last year. The bill from my mechanic was only $180.
I'd find an honest mechanic if I were you...
19th May 2006, 18:25
These cars, and other V6 front-wheel-drive cars are only slightly more economical on gas than a proper V8 car such as the Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis or the Lincoln Town Car.
They are also far more reliable and easier to maintain.
The above poster is spot-on.
Only problem I ever had with my Grand Marquis was that it ran cold, so I fitted a new thermostat myself in about 10 minutes for a cost of under $10-00. I'm so glad I know enough about cars to not get ripped off by thieving "mechanics".
20th May 2006, 10:48
Huh, I suppose a V-12 is even more "proper". Face it, the Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis, and Town Car are nothing more than outdated relics.
24th Nov 2006, 07:39
I have a 99 Taurus. The heater wasn't working so I took it to a mechanic. He told me I had a blown head gasket.
He replaced the head gasket, water pump and thermostat. I still have no heat. I am losing coolant, but I cannot tell where. I've taken it back to my mechanic 3 times, but he cannot find the problem. He even put dye in the radiator. He put a new radiator cap on.I'm at wits end. I freeze driving back and forth to work.
3rd Jan 2007, 11:11
I am also freezing every single day in my 99 Taurus! Have only had it for a year and a half and have had it in to the shop 4 times to have the heat fixed! First time it was a rotten hose, next it was the thermostat, then my coolant needed to be flushed and who knows what I'll find out today when I pick it up...
Anyone want to buy a 99 Taurus...cheap? Never again will I own one of these cars!
4th Jan 2007, 10:07
I have a 99 Taurus with 70,000 miles. My heater problem was fixed by a "secret" recall kit. The kit consisted of replacing the steel tube between the heater core and the radiator, replacing the water pump, thermostat, and flushing the system. It seems Ford knows about this "problem". The steel line reacts with the aluminum heater core and corrodes the fins on the water pump which disintegrates and turns the antifreeze into jello. So far so good. The repair was about $500. at Pep Boys in Michigan.
15th Jan 2007, 10:37
I have lived with very little heat in my '99 Taurus since I bought it used (24,000 miles) from a Ford dealer 6 years ago. My first winter with the car I I told them about the heat problem and asked them to check the thermostat. When I returned,they told me my heater core was clogged and they wanted 600$ to make the repair which involved removing the dashboard etc. I was suspicious because they didn't charge me with diagnostics to check anything, which they always do. I took the car to a radiator shop that flushed the system. Still very little heat. The car now has 90,000 miles and is due for it's first tune up. After reading comments here, I think I'll just keep blankets in the car. Checking the heater is not something you think of when buying a car in July, but I guess that's what I should have done while still under warranty. By the way, my wipers also come on with no warning.
19th Jan 2007, 09:13
I have a customer with a 1999 Taurus which I sold her in 2001 (if I had one day to live over---it would be that one!) She also has no heat and I have tried everything I can think of to solve this nagging issue. Sounds like I am not alone here which is some consolation. I guess I will go after the water pump this time and see what happens. If God is mechanically inclined-----Please----GOD HELP ME!