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1 3rd March 21:44
richard
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Gave my mother-in-law a new 92 Taurus Wagon.

Drove it home last week because it had some problems. He is what I found.

1. The rotors had separated from their own hubs (even though there was
little wear on the rotors). Now I know why it did not stop to well.

2. The gas tank was leaking fumes from a rust hole.

3. All the hydraulic lines and gas lines were fully rusted, even the
transmission lines I had the Ford dealer replace 4 years ago.

4. The transmission and motor pans were fully rusted and leaking.

5. One could not get the steel wheel's plastic wheel covers off to change
the tires because all the screws holding the covers to the wheels had rusted
tight. (We had to hammer the screw holders out of the wheels to get them
off).

Perhaps the CEO of Ford should drive and maintain his own cars for a few
years to see what Ford has put out into the wild. I hope more recent
production has addressed these durability issues.

By the way, once I fixed the breaks and replaced the tires it stopped and
drove just like the fine vehicle it is.

Richard.
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2 3rd March 21:44
lugnut
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It sounds like noone ever bothered to flush out the road
salts from under the car. This is something that should be
done regularly where corrosives are used on the roads.
There has never been a metal that would remain unaffected by
these road salts.
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3 3rd March 21:44
richard
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It sounds like noone ever bothered to flush out the road
salts from under the car. This is something that should be
done regularly where corrosives are used on the roads.
There has never been a metal that would remain unaffected by these road
salts.

Wrong. Yes she lives in show country where salt is used. But do you choose
steel screws to mount wheel covers to a steel wheel or do you chose
galvanized or stainless steel screws? Ford chose cheap uncoated steel
screws. They knew better but chose to save at the buyer's expense.

Do you chose steel pans or aluminum pans? Ford had so many of these rot out
all the Ford parts, including replacements for this car are now aluminum.
They knew better but chose to save at the buyer's expense.

Fiat and Honda had to do recalls because their brake lines rotted out. The
industry has known how to coat these lines and gas tanks to prevent rot for
over 20 years. Ford just must have decided not to spend the money for coated
brake lines. They knew better but chose to save at the buyer's expense.

The CEO and board of directors all get new Ford products for free every few
months. These are not off-the-shelf products either but special items for
Ford management. They don't have a clue what it its like to live with their
products over time. End of rant.

Richard.
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4 3rd March 23:44
bob urz
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A new 12 year old car???

I have never seen a rotor separate on any of the 4 taurus i have owned.
Does not mean its not possible. I would smell yours has seen some unusual
conditions. Now, they did have recall on some models
for rusted sub frame mounts. And rusted coil springs breaking.


None of my taurus have had a gas tank leak. My old 86 mazda truck did though

I looked under my wagon today. The rear lines were a little rusted, but not leaking.


I have never seen a trannie pan rusted. The bottom of my 3.0's oil pan
did have a smaller rust spot which i did sand and spray some paint on.

Yea, i have seen the screws rusted.


Like any vintage taurus, your going to have to do some maintenance
periodically. My guess is ANY car that lived the same life as the
wagon you have might have similar problems. Are you sure this car was not
sitting in the water somewhere in storage?

Bob

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5 3rd March 23:44
richard
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My guess is ANY car that lived the same life as the
wagon you have might have similar problems. Are you sure this car was not
sitting in the water somewhere in storage?

No it did not sit in water; just a normal life in snow country. We have seen
lots of vintage vehicles and nothing like this; never.

Richard.
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6 3rd March 23:47
zeppo
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I agree. The only cars I have seen with this much undercarriage rust were
flood survivors.

Jon
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