1997 FORD TAURUS VIN: 1FALP52U1VA103389

TBD
Condition
Run & Drive
Damage
Collision
Title
Bill Of Sale

VIN 1FALP52U1VA103389 Decoding Ford Vin Decoder

Error Text

0 - VIN decoded clean. Check Digit (9th position) is correct

Make

FORD

Manufacturer Name

FORD MOTOR COMPANY, USA

Model

Taurus

Model Year

1997

Plant City

ATLANTA

Series

GL

Trim

FFV

Vehicle Type

PASSENGER CAR

Plant Country

UNITED STATES (USA)

Plant State

GEORGIA

Note

Body Code: FA

Body Class

Sedan/Saloon

Doors

4

Bed Type

Not Applicable

Cab Type

Not Applicable

Trailer Type Connection

Not Applicable

Trailer Body Type

Not Applicable

Engine Number of Cylinders

6

Displacement (CC)

2982.445648

Displacement (CI)

182

Displacement (L)

3.0

Engine Power (kW)

108.1265

Fuel Type - Primary

Gasoline

Engine Configuration

V-Shaped

Engine Brake (hp) From

145

Other Engine Info

EFI: Electronic Fuel Injection

Engine Manufacturer

Ford

Seat Belt Type

Manual

Other Restraint System Info

Seat Belts: 3-point belts in all outboard positions.

Front Air Bag Locations

1st Row (Driver and Passenger)

Bus Floor Configuration Type

Not Applicable

Bus Type

Not Applicable

Custom Motorcycle Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Suspension Type

Not Applicable

Motorcycle Chassis Type

Not Applicable

1997 FORD TAURUS Crash Test Score

0

Overall Rating

Overall Front Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Front Driver Side
Front Passenger Side

Side Barrier

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Driver
Rear Passenger

Overall Side Pole Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating

Combines Driver and Passenger star ratings into a single frontal rating. The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph.

Rollover Star Rating 4x4
Rollover Star Rating 4x2
Rollover Risk:
0%

1997 FORD TAURUS Safety Features

Seat Belts and Head Restraints

Dynamic Head Restraints Not Available
Head Restraint Not Available
Advanced Belt Feature Not Available
Adjustable Upper Belt Anchorage Not Available
Seat Belt Reminder System Not Available

Air Bags

Frontal Air Bag Driver, Front Passenger
Knee Not Available
Additional Air Bags Not Available
Meets Side Air Bag Out-of-Position Requirements Not Available

Child Passenger Features

LATCH Locations Not Available
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) Not Available
Safety Power Windows (Anti-Pinch) locations Not Available

Complaints Assosiated with VIN 1FALP52U1VA103389

Components: VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL

November 09, 2009
NHTSA ID Number: 10322385
Consumer Location: CLIFTON, ID
VIN: 1FALP52U1VA****

Summary of Complaint

TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 1997 FORD TAURUS. WHILE THE CONTACT WAS DRIVING AT APPROXIMATELY 60 MPH USING THE CRUISE CONTROL, THE CONTACT APPLIED THE BRAKES AND NOTICED THAT THE VEHICLE SUDDENLY BEGAN TO ACCELERATE. THE CONTACT PUSHED THE CRUISE CONTROL DEACTIVATION BUTTON WHICH STOPPED THE ACCELERATION. THERE WERE NO WARNING LIGHTS BEFORE THE FAILURE OCCURRED. THE VEHICLE HAD NOT BEEN DIAGNOSED BY THE DEALERSHIP AT THE TIME OF THE COMPLAINT. THE CURRENT AND FAILURE MILEAGES WERE 75,469. UPDATED 05/07/10. *LJ UPDATED 07/12/10*JB

Components: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

February 06, 2005
NHTSA ID Number: 10110353
Consumer Location: HIALEAH, FL
VIN: 1FALP52U1VA****

Summary of Complaint

MY CAR CAUGHT ON FIRE . IT WAS PARKED AT 8 P.M ON SAT 2/05/04 AND AT AROUND 4 A.M 0N 2-06-05 I LOOK OUT THE WINDOW AND MY CAR WAS ENGULFED IN FIRE THE FIRE STARTED IN THE FRONT AND WORKED ITS WAY TOWARDS THE BACK. *JB

Components: STEERING

November 15, 2002
NHTSA ID Number: 10069632
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: 1FALP52U1VA****

Summary of Complaint

F YOU CAN REFERENCE THE "CAR TALK" ARTICLE FROM JULY 2002 IT EXPLAINS MY PROBLEMS TO A "T". NUMEROUS MECHANICS REPLIED TO THE ARTICLE AND "CAR TALK" RELAYED THAT INFO TO ME. MY TAURUS WAS 5 YEARS OLD WHEN THE PROBLEMS STARTED. MY DRIVER'S SIDE BACK WINDOW STARTED CUTTING OUT AT TIMES. THEN MY RADIO STARTED CUTTING OUT ONLY WHEN TURNING RIGHT. THEN WHEN IN REVERSE AND SO ON TILL IT DIDN'T WORK. MY WIPERS ALSO HAD PROBLEMS AT TIMES. ALL THESE WERE MINER TILL MY POWER STEERING STARTED CUTTING OUT. THAT IS THE TIME I SAW THIS ARTICLE AND GOT THE INFO THAT THE TRANSMISSION SENSOR WAS THE PROBLEM. FORD REFUSED TO DO ANYTHING OR ADMIT THAT THERE WAS A TREND. I GOT THE SENSOR REPLACED BY ONE MECHANIC WHO STATED HE HAD MANY FORD CARS ON WHICH HE REPLACED THE SENSORS, ALL THE SAME YEARS- 97-98S. UNFORTUNATELY, HE DID NOT REPLACE THE CONNECTOR PIECE AND THE PROBLEMS RETURNED. I THEN PAID THE BIG BUCKS AND HAD A DEALER REPLACE THE PIECE. THEY, OF COURSE, SAID THAT WAS NOT THE PROBLEM AND WANTED TO DO ALL THIS TESTING. I SHOWED THEM ALL THE DOCUMENTATION ON WHAT I FOUND AND WHAT "CAR TALK" SENT ME. I HAVE HAD NO PROBLEMS SINCE GETTING IT REPLACED. I AM INCENSED THAT FORD WOULD NOT RECALL A PIECE THAT ALLOWS YOUR POWER STEERING TO GO OUT. IF A RECALL OCCURS, I WOULD LOVE TO BE PART OF IT. I AM OUT 300$.

Components: POWER TRAIN

August 28, 2003
NHTSA ID Number: 10037902
Consumer Location: CLIFTON, NJ
VIN: 1FALP52U1VA****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE DRIVING AND COMING TO A COMPLETE STOP, THE AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION DIDN'T SHIFT PROPERLY. IT WOULD SHIFT FROM DRIVE TO NEUTRAL AND MAKE LOUD NOISE. *AK THE CONSUMER'S WIFE WAS DRIVING WHEN THE INCIDENT OCCURRED LEAVING HER IN A PRECARIOUS POSITION. BY JIGGLING THE SHIFT LEVER, SHE WAS ABLE TO SHIFT INTO REVERSE THEN INTO DRIVE. THIS HAD BEEN A COMMON PROBLEM FOR 1991-1998 MODELS. FORD WOULD NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. *SCC *JB

Components: EQUIPMENT

May 15, 2002
NHTSA ID Number: 765619
Consumer Location: ARLINGTON, TX
VIN: 1FALP52U1VA****

Summary of Complaint

I HAVE A 9197 TAURUS THAT HAS WHAT I BELIEVED TO BE A VERY SIMPLE AIR CONDITIONER PROBLEM.BUT THINGS HAVE GONE FROM BAD TO WORST. AS WE BEGAN TO FIND THE ORIGINAL PROBLEM(2 VERY SMALL CRACKS ON THE OUTER CASING OF THE COMPRESSOR), WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE EASY TO CROSS MATCH THE YR/MAKE/MODEL TO FIND THE CORRECT COMPRESSOR. WHEN I PURCHASED THE COMPRESSOR AND COMPARED IT TO WHAT WAS ON MY CAR THERE WAS NOT EVEN THE SLIGHTEST RESEMBLANCE.WE THEN PROCEEDED TO GET THE COMPRESSOR # OFF THE PART ON MY CAR, WHEN WE CROSSED REFERENCED THAT # THE PART WAS NO WHERE NEAR THE PART ON MY CAR.WE CONTACTED A FORD DEALERSHIP'S SERVICE DEPT. AND FOUND OUT THAT THAT YRS MODEL HAD A "PILOT " PROGRAM FOR APPROX. 5000 CARS OR SO W/ A COMPRESSOR THAT HAS NO ORIGINAL PART FOR REPLACEMENT OF THE COMPRESSOR. I AM STILL IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO FIX MY A/C IN TEXAS IN AUGUST.I AM FORTUNATE THAT I HAVE SOME HONEST AND DEDICATED MECHANICS AROUND ME THAT ARE TRYING TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM FOR ME.I HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED AN ACCUMULATOR AND ORFUS LINE WHICH WILL HAVE TO BE INSTALLED WHEN OR RATHER IF WE CAN FIND A WAY TO GET A COMPRESSOR TO FIT.I AM FRUSTRATED AND ANGRY THAT FORD DID NOT INFORM THE PUBLIC OF THIS "PILOT" PROGRAM, AND OFFER TO REPLACE OR AT LEAST MAKE A PART THAT CAN REPLACE THE "MORPHED " PART THAT IS ON THESE CARS OUT THERE.THIS PROBLEM KEEPS COSTING ME MORE $$$$$$. IT IS UNFORTUNATE THAT FORD FEELS IT NEEDS TO BE DECEPTIVE TO SELL CARS. I WILL NEVER, NEVER BUY A FORD AGAIN AND I WILL BE VERY VOCAL ON THE PROBLEMS I HAVE HAD W/ THEIR CARS.*AK

Components: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC STRUCTURE INTERIOR LIGHTING

October 01, 2022
NHTSA ID Number: 762972
Consumer Location: DAYTON, NV
VIN: 1FALP52U1VA****

Summary of Complaint

WHILE APPLYING THE BRAKES FROM BETWEEN 65 TO 45 MPH THERE IS A SERIOUS SHAKING FELT THROUGH THE STEERING WHEEL AND COLUMN. THERE IS ALSO A PROBLEM WITH THE AUTOMATIC DOOR LOCKS NOT WORKING WHEN THE CAR IS PUT INTO MOTION. THAT REALLY CONCERNS ME HAVING THREE SMALL CHILDREN. THE INTERIOR DOME LIGHT ALSO DOESN'T SHUT OFF AS IT SHOULD.*AK

Components: POWER TRAIN

September 01, 1999
NHTSA ID Number: 756328
Consumer Location: LOUISVILLE, KY
VIN: 1FALP52U1VA****

Summary of Complaint

BOUGHT THE CAR USED WITH ABOUT 20,000 MILES ON IT. HAD SEVERAL SENSORS REPLACED FAIRLY SOON AFTER THAT. AROUND 30K, REPORTED SEVERAL PROBLEMS I WAS HAVING WHILE AT A STOP/STARTING FROM A STOP. DEALER COULD NEVER REPLICATE. EVENTUALLY DISCOVERED THAT THESE PROBLEMS WERE ONLY OCURRING WHEN THE CAR WAS WARM...WHICH IT NEVER WAS WHEN THE DEALER TESTED IT AFTER IT SITTING ON THEIR LOT FOR SEVERAL HOURS. PROBLEMS STARTED GETTING WORSE. WOULD SLIP INTO NEUTRAL AT STOPS. COULD SHIFT CAR INTO NEUTRAL, GUN IT ENOUGH TO GET THE RPM'S OVER 2000, AND THEN PUT INTO DRIVE AND IT WOULD CATCH. AFTER THE WEATHER TURNED WARM AGAIN, AND IT STARTED DOING IT MORE, THEN THE DEALER COULD FIND WHAT THE PROBLEM WAS. SAID I NEEDED A REBUILD OR REPLACEMENT. DROVE IT UNTIL MY HUSBAND NAGGED ME ENOUGH, AND IT WAS DOING IT CONSTANTLY. TOTAL COST NOW, THROUGH A TRANSMISSION SHOP, NOT THE DEALERSHIP, IS $1800. STILL HAVING SOME ADJUSTMENTS MADE. STILL HAVING MORE SENOR PROBLEMS. THE ELECTRIC DOOR LOCKS STARTED GOING UP AND DOWN ON THEIR OWN A TIME OR TWO.*AK

Components: SEAT BELTS

September 16, 2001
NHTSA ID Number: 563568
Consumer Location: ELLICOTT CITY, MD
VIN: 1FALP52U1VA****

Summary of Complaint

CONSUMER DISCOVERED THAT THE RIGHT REAR SEAT BELT WOULD NOT RETRACT, THE DEALER INFORMED CONSUMER THAT A NEW SEAT BELT WOULD NEED TO BE ORDERED, WHEN CONSUMER ARRIVED HOME IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE SEAT BELT STILL DID NOT WORK, VEHICLE WAS TAKEN BACK TO DEALER IN WHICH THE SEAT BELT WAS FIXED THE SAME DAY, CONSUMER IS QUESTIONING HOW THE CORRECTION WAS MADE WITHOUT ORDERING ANOTHER SEATBELT IN WHICH THE FIRST SEAT TOOK TWO DAYS TO ARRIVE.*JB

Components: SEAT BELTS

September 16, 2001
NHTSA ID Number: 563568
Consumer Location: ELLICOTT CITY, MD
VIN: 1FALP52U1VA****

Summary of Complaint

CONSUMER DISCOVERED THAT THE RIGHT REAR SEAT BELT WOULD NOT RETRACT, THE DEALER INFORMED CONSUMER THAT A NEW SEAT BELT WOULD NEED TO BE ORDERED, WHEN CONSUMER ARRIVED HOME IT WAS DISCOVERED THAT THE SEAT BELT STILL DID NOT WORK, VEHICLE WAS TAKEN BACK TO DEALER IN WHICH THE SEAT BELT WAS FIXED THE SAME DAY, CONSUMER IS QUESTIONING HOW THE CORRECTION WAS MADE WITHOUT ORDERING ANOTHER SEATBELT IN WHICH THE FIRST SEAT TOOK TWO DAYS TO ARRIVE.*JB

Components: AIR BAGS

June 13, 2001
NHTSA ID Number: 890901
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: 1FALP52U1VA****

Summary of Complaint

VEHICLE WAS INVOLVED IN A FRONTAL COLLISION AT 25MPH. PASSENGER'S AIRBAG DEPLOYED WITH SUCH FORCE THAT IT BROKE FRONT AND REAR WINDOWS. MANUFACTURER HAS BEEN NOTIFIED. *AK

Components: STRUCTURE

March 01, 2001
NHTSA ID Number: 746739
Consumer Location: RIVERSIDE, RI
VIN: 1FALP52U1VA****

Summary of Complaint

BOTTOM OF TRUNK LID RUSTING/PAINT BUBBLING/FORD NOTIFIED. *AK

Components: VISIBILITY

June 12, 2001
NHTSA ID Number: 746740
Consumer Location: RIVERSIDE, RI
VIN: 1FALP52U1VA****

Summary of Complaint

WINDSHIELD WIPER MOTOR IS FAILING/TIMING IS OFF/NEEDS NEW MOTOR PER MY MECHANIC. *AK

Components: EQUIPMENT

April 13, 2001
NHTSA ID Number: 745142
Consumer Location: MARIETTA, GA
VIN: 1FALP52U1VA****

Summary of Complaint

AIR CONDITIONER AND COMPRESSOR AND RELATED PARTS FAILED. TOTAL COST OF REPAIRS $1539.51. FORD WOULD NOT ASSIST WITH COSTS DUE TO CAR BEING OUT OF WARRANTY (SINCE IT IS A '97 VEHICLE).*AK

Components: SUSPENSION

February 01, 2000
NHTSA ID Number: 559621
Consumer Location: FLUSHING, NY
VIN: 1FALP52U1VA****

Summary of Complaint

WHEN TRAVELING ABOUT 35 OR 40 MPH, A LOW HUMMING NOISE IS HEARD, ON 3/8/00 DEALERSHIP REPLACED FRONT HUB BEARINGS DUE TO EXCESSIVE WEAR CAUSING NOISE. CJ

Components: POWER TRAIN

October 01, 2022
NHTSA ID Number: 559312
Consumer Location: Unknown
VIN: 1FALP52U1VA****

Summary of Complaint

TRANSMISSION LEAKING CAUSING THE VEHICLE TO NOT START ONCE STOPPED OR PARKED. *CJ

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