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Old 05-30-2007, 17:09   #1 (permalink)
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03 Taurus 3.0L 24V hesitates at highway speed

I'm looking at buying my Uncles 03 SEL taurus. 52000 Kms

Every thing about the car was acceptable, except when accelerating from 100 Km/h.
I stepped on the gas, the engine revved up to 5,000rpm then dropped down to the 2300 rpm or so that it was doing and then takes off smoothly.

Is this normal?
I imagine that the issue is the tranny is trying to kick down into a lower gear and the speed was too high initially and so it put it back in gear and then accelerated.

Any words of wisdom?
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Re: 03 Taurus 3.0L 24V hesitates at highway speed

take it to a mechanic to get it checked out. if i had to guess it is air or fuel or exhaust related i would start looking at the air filter then i would try to clean the maf. but it could be a bad cat.
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Re: 03 Taurus 3.0L 24V hesitates at highway speed

you say you stepped on the gas,it revved up to 5,000rpm then dropped down to the 2300 rpm or so. did you floorboard it? does it have traction control?
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you say you stepped on the gas,it revved up to 5,000rpm then dropped down to the 2300 rpm or so. did you floorboard it? does it have traction control?
On my "test drive", I was cruising at highway speed (100kmh about 65mph) and I wanted to simulate passing someone. So I gassed it. It wasnt floored, but I wasnt easy on it either.

I'd imagine that the car has traction control its a loaded SEL.

It's still under warrenty at this point.
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take it to a mechanic to get it checked out. if i had to guess it is air or fuel or exhaust related i would start looking at the air filter then i would try to clean the maf. but it could be a bad cat.
I wouldn't be surprised if it is the original air filter. Dealers seem to forget about them.
My brother has an '01 Grandam. Always taken it in for service at all the outlined times. One day, he decided to buy a fram for it. The filter looked to be the original one even though it now had over 60,000kms on it. It was plugged solid and dirt colored!

His rep said they tend to miss them. Typical of the service they offer him.
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Re: 03 Taurus 3.0L 24V hesitates at highway speed

OK I see what you mean, I thought you were going from a dead stop. The only thing I can tell you is transmissions in the Ford Taurus are weak. Alot of people on this site refer to them as "made of glass". Do regular maintance and drive it easy and you should be ok. Don't jerk around on it too much or it will leave you stranded sooner or later. I have a 01 with 95k and so far I have had no problems with the transmission, but then again the 12 valve engine dosent have enough power to pass anyone so I just follow the leader LOL.
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