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Old 01-05-2011, 09:23   #1 (permalink)
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Would you buy this Taurus? '99, 97K, Typical Heater Issues

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I am considering a 99 Taurus w. 97K miles. It's in lovely condition. However, it seems to have the heater issues that are typical w. this car. When I test drove it, it had a/c but no heat. The mechanic flushed out the heater and now it's blowing hot. I am afraid that this will be a money pit in the future. What is your opinion?
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:47   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Would you buy this Taurus? '99, 97K, Typical Heater Issues

Impossible to see into future re. possible heater probs. down the line . If that is all that is wrong with car , not bad . Could have a good check on cooling system for any sign of leaks or overheating / pressurising .
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No heat is hardly a flush problem at that odometer reading. My sable has 325,000 Km and I've never had anything wrong with the heater. I suspect he did something else; like bleed the air out or fill the rad up.
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I've always been under the impression that these cars were one of the best on the market and that's why Ford started making Taurus again.
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I've always been under the impression that these cars were one of the best on the market and that's why Ford started making Taurus again.
There are a lot of them still on the road with a lot of miles, and the heater hasn't been an issue. Chipset has many milrs on his too.
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Every possibility he did top up / bleed system , that is why I suggested having a good check on cooling system .
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I'll be soon passing 140K miles on my '99 SE sedan. What's this with the heater issue?

I thought a few years ago that the thing was blowing air too hot, so I replaced the thermostat with a lower 180F unit (stock is 195F).

I haven't had any problems with it, but I noticed that the coolant reservoir is nearly the same colour as the coolant itself, making checks a bit more difficult as I can't see the level from outside. I have to remove the cap, shake the vehicle slightly to get an estimate on where the level is. Nothing that isn't too typical in a vehicle that's 11, going on 12 years old! I cannot complain.
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OK---there are a lot of lucky owners out there who have not had heater problems, I am not one of them.

I am into my 2nd 99 Taurus, both powered with the mighty Vulcan. Each has had heater problems. I got quite efficient in the first car pulling hoses. This time, I was determined not to rip hoses off each time I needed to back flush. OH--- I did find that the complete engine and heater required flushing. The brown casting sand is a bitch to completely get rid of even with high mileage.

The second car (I have another post on this one with a different problem) I cut both the feed line and the return lines. Next I inserted ball valves so I can block water flow to the engine. Next I installed drain cocks on both the feed and returns line. Now I can connect a garden hose to the return's drain cock, open the feed line's drain cock, turn on the water feed to the hose and back flush the heater all in about 5 minutes.

Results??? Mucho heat!

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