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I just want to know in eveyone's expeirence with Ford Taurus's, if their a good car to own or is there always something wrong with them that you have to fix?? I had my Taurus for only 1 year now and it has 90,000 miles on it. I already to replce the rear brake drums, both lower ball joints, torque converter, pump shaft, new tires, i had to replace the both front and rear brakes twice and replace the spring kit on the rear drum brakes many times becuase they kept coming apart, I replaced the flex pipe in the exhaust, and replaced the actual muffler.

The car ran fine, no slippage in the gears when sifting, then suddenly my tranny died and had to replace some expensive parts to get it back up an running.

Do this happen all the time with Taurus, is it just an endless cycle of getting things fixed???
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QUOTE (Skrilla @ Feb 2 2010, 12:47 PM)
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I just want to know in eveyone's expeirence with Ford Taurus's, if their a good car to own or is there always something wrong with them that you have to fix?? I had my Taurus for only 1 year now and it has 90,000 miles on it. I already to replce the rear brake drums, both lower ball joints, torque converter, pump shaft, new tires, i had to replace the both front and rear brakes twice and replace the spring kit on the rear drum brakes many times becuase they kept coming apart, I replaced the flex pipe in the exhaust, and replaced the actual muffler.

The car ran fine, no slippage in the gears when sifting, then suddenly my tranny died and had to replace some expensive parts to get it back up an running.

Do this happen all the time with Taurus, is it just an endless cycle of getting things fixed???[/b]
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After all of the major things are replaced, you just do the little stuff that comes with owning any car. Most of the problems that you mentioned would be likely to need replacing in any car that is 14 years old, even with there being less than 100,000 miles on it. Stuff wears out and breaks and you just hope that they don't happen to wear out/break all at the same time. Just keep a keen eye on everything and hopefully you won't just take the mechanic's word for it when he says you "need" to fix/replace something. Some stuff can wait until you have the money saved up in the bank, while others are very safety-related and need to be taken care of asap.
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It doesn't matter what car you own.You WILL always have repairs to make.I have had no major problems what so ever with mine.So far it has been the BEST car I have ever owned.
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To the OP...... You have a 13 year old car with close to 100K miles. What do you expect? Tires, ball joints, brakes, etc are not repairs, they are regular maintanance any older car needs. If you had to replace brakes twice in a year, and the rear drum hardware falls off, the jobs were done incorrectly or inferior quality or incorrect parts were used. Granted, the A4AS and A4XN arent the best FWD trannies made, but with proper maintanance, can last a long time.

As others have said, ALL cars need repairs, and more often as they get up in age. Neglect regular maintance, constantly drive it like you stole it (this possibly goes mostly for the previous owner, not you) and problems will mount more quickly.

My experience, having owned (and owning) a number of Tauri, they are very reliable and comfortable family cars. I have never had any kind of tranny problem with any of them. Heck, my 87 year old mother drives a 95 Vulcan that my parents owned since new. The only repair (NOT including regular maintanance items!!!) I have had to make to the 15 year old Bull is a new CCPS a few years back to get the A/C working again. BTW, I have NEVER had to add one drop if R134a in the 15 years it has been under my care.

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That's car ownership; everything you've named is a maintenance item or a typical repair for a car with that age/mileage. It's a 13-14 year old car, and for all except the last year it was someone else's responsibility. I'm gonna hazard a guess that your car came from a road salt-intensive area, and that the previous owner was pretty lax on doing regular maintenance. Unfortunately, Tauruses tend to get thrashed by people who buy them as a cheap used-car to be driven as a beater, so buying an old one after multiple past owners is an exercise in frustration until you've finished fixing what they didn't bother to. Take care of the car and stay on the maintenance, and you should be fine from here on out.
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