28th Jun 2006, 13:38
I have a 1999 Taurus and LOVE IT! I am the second owner, purchased it at 16,000 miles and in the 7 years I've had it I've probably put about $800.00 in repairs. I do have the car in the transmission shop right now to replace the transmission and that would be my only complaint about the car since it only has 68,000 miles. I can't understand why people are blaming the car for the transmission being replaced several times, it would seem to me its the mechanic doing the work. But with that said I had an opportunity to purchase a 2002 Saturn with 13,000 miles for a very very good price and turned it down, I love my taurus too much to get rid of it.
Did I mention my husband has a 2002 Taurus and he loves his the same!
29th Sep 2006, 23:43
My last Ford, too. My car's got almost 60,000 miles, it's had 5 alternators, 5 sets of brakes, 4 sets of tires (despite two yearly line-ups since 2000, that's 11 line-ups), 2 oxygen sensors, several suspension parts (but not the struts at least), a power steering pump, horrible rust, and it needs the transmission replaced. Typical American car ownership experience, unfortunately, if you ask any of the people around me, including my aging parents who just bought their first import and have had their first positive car experience in 18 years. You couldn't pay me to own another Ford, even if I wanted one in any way, I couldn't afford it. Just terrible. My 1969 Chevy pickup was way more reliable, I wish I hadn't sold it in 94, and it had well over 100k miles.
12th Apr 2008, 05:48
We were given a 1999 Taurus by my mother in law. She was too old to drive. The car had 12,000 miles on it. No one but my wife and I has driven the car. The car has 39,000 pampered miles on it. The transmission shift really harsh. We took it to the Ford dealer. The dealer immediately started spouting off rebuild prices before I explained to him what trouble I was having with the car. We picked up the car from the dealer later that day. Thay wanted $3000 to install a rebuilt transmission! We went to a local independent transmission shop $1800 for a rebuild. I know we got the car for free, but the transmission goes out at 39,000 miles? The shop was very aware of how bad these transmissions are. I have had Toyota's that auto transmissions go out at 250,000. Even the last GM or Chrysler cars I owned had over 100,000 and no trans problems. I am 52 and have bought a lot of Ford products in my life. Never again. If Ford went out of business I really would not care. They deserve to go under.
5th Apr 2009, 21:40
I have a Ford Taurus, and it's really starting to go downhill ever since it had just below 100,000 miles on it.
Now it has another problem, and prior to this, I got it fixed (unfortunately NOT) due to a hole in the radiator. I've had it with these issues to the nth degree! My A/C doesn't work, my heater blasts out cool air (maybe a substitute for the A/C?), my CD player has gone wacko, the engine belts squeaks in cold weather, and now the same old radiator issue is acting up again.
I don't want to shelve out another $330 to fix the hose issue, if that's what it is, but I've seriously had ENOUGH with this car. It's sad because what once used to be a lifesaver now has its own light flickering. I'll miss it, but I'll be happy when I get my new car — either a Volkswagen Passat or Jetta hehe.
28th Mar 2010, 16:07
Similar experience. I inherited a '98 from my dad only to have the trannie go out at 63000 miles ($2200) and now, having acquired (against my better judgment) a '99, it is now cooling its heels for... you guessed it... a transmission.
How does Ford get away with this?
18th Oct 2010, 05:57
I have had my 1999 Taurus for a little under a year now. It has 127,700 miles on it. In the first 3 months I had to replace the thermostat, the alternator, which had already been replaced and the overflow tank twice!
Now my transmission is going and sounds like my bearings are going bad. The transmission problem happened out of the blue with no real warning.
Did I mention the heat has never worked even after the thermostat and 3 heater core flushes! Never again will I drive a Ford.