2001 Taurus SE

I'm looking to get one with 44K. I'll have it checked out, but I am wondering what problems are common in these and what to watch for. These seem like good cars for the money.
John
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2001 Taurus SE Group: alt.autos.ford Date: Fri, Apr 30, 2004, 2:12am (EDT+4) From: snipped-for-privacy@att.net (jriegle) I'm looking to get one with 44K. I'll have it checked out, but I am wondering what problems are common in these and what to watch for. These seem like good cars for the money. John <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
Hopefully it's got the 24v Duratec engine.
Eric
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No, just the basic engine. It's a daily driver. I'm not concerned about high performance. It rides nice, is really quiet and power seems adequate. I have a 03 Mustang GT 5spd when I want power! John
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Re: 2001 Taurus SE Group: alt.autos.ford Date: Sat, May 1, 2004, 2:08am (EDT+4) From: snipped-for-privacy@att.net (jriegle)
(jriegle) I'm looking to get one with 44K. I'll have it checked out, but I am wondering what problems are common in these and what to watch for. These seem like good cars for the money. John <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Hopefully it's got the 24v Duratec engine. Eric
No, just the basic engine. It's a daily driver. I'm not concerned about high performance. It rides nice, is really quiet and power seems adequate. I have a 03 Mustang GT 5spd when I want power! John <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
It's not a matter of high performance but rather an engine that dosn't work as hard. If you get a chance you should at least try one with the Duratec.
Eric
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Well, with 30K+ on ours the only time it's seen the shop was for bad gas. So I really can't comment.
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[This followup was posted to alt.autos.ford and a copy was sent to the cited author.]
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The biggest issue has been the brake light switch. It's a weird design, and melting grease on pivots above it melts and runs into the switch. That causes it to arc internally and melt. The brake lights then end up permanently on or off. If they don't turn on, you may be unable to shift out of park since it also controls the shifter safety interlock. There was a recall about a month or so ago that covered all 2000-2003 or 2004 models. Before that, 2000's and I think some 2001's with adjustable pedals had a recall for the same thing. The one in my 2000 Sable (with adjustable pedals) has been replaced TWICE.
Otherwise, the only other recall I can think of involved the cover over the gears for the windshield wipers. I guess there is a switch in there that could heat up and melt the cover (Ford needs to learn how to design a switch to handle contamination!).
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