By Teddy Field
The car that was once America’s favorite family sedan, has crept into old age rather well. Until now that is.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating the 2000-2003 Ford Taurus, and its artsy twin, the 2000-2003 Mercury Sable. It seems that our national safety bureau has received 50 complaints, alleging that the cruise control cable can break at the mounting bracket, causing the throttle to stick wide open. No wrecks or injuries have been reported.
This investigation effects 310,000 Taurus/Sable cars, equipped with the 4-valve 3.0 Duratec V6 (the standard engine). The DOHC 24-valve 3.0 V6 is thus far unaffected.
NHTSA says that they’re trying to determine if the problem is severe enough to issue a recall.