"I bought this car new 10 years ago and now have 182,000 miles on it. It has the 24V V6 engine and has been virtually problem-free. I spent about $120 to replace a pump perhaps 5 years ago, and now just replaced the O2 sensor; replaced a turn signal lamp last year; also have an issue with interior lights not recognizing when doors are shut- so I had to take out the overhead lamps- aside from those items- regular maintenance- and this car has been excellent. I have been very pleased and certainly got my $$ out of it...now on 4th set of tires!"
Cons: "Rear struts wear out, frame subject to rust"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Purchased new, drove it for 205,000 miles for 13-1/2 years. Loved the car, never broke down on me. Only required one major repair: the air conditioning system required replacement after about 9 years. 24V DOHC Duratec engine lived up to its name - the best running, lowest maintenance engine I have ever owned. Never burned oil, but at the very end a gasket needed replacement (slow oil leak), but it cost too much labor to replace (required removal of other components). Had to replace the turn signal stalk, dome light started staying on at times (couldn't figure out where the problem was). Replaced both rear sway bar links, struts needed replacement. That's about it - incredibly few issues for so many years and miles. Never a transmission problem.
Got rid of it because of underbody rust - northern Illinois uses a tremendous amount of road salt that causes significant corrosion. Every vehicle I have owned (Ford, Mercury, Toyota, Oldsmobile) have succumbed to rust (except for my one and only Chrysler product - the engine and transmission beat the rust). No visible body rust, just underside."
"This is my second Taurus wagon. My 1997 was in a terrible car accident and the police could not believe how well it held up. Was hit head on and was as solid as a rock. Immediately called the Ford dealership and had a new 1999 Taurus 24v wagon delivered to my office. Not one problem until last week and it cost less than $100 to fix and it was caused by some bad gasoline. Just routine oil changes and new tires and it just turned 80,000 miles today. Friends of mine that own Porsche's can not believe how fast it is. I normally would have traded years ago but love it too much. Getting ready to buy a convertible, but gonna keep this great car!"
"This vehicle has traveled to every corner of the United States and back many times over the 9 years we've owned it. It is one of the most comfortable vehicles we've owned for traveling long distances; economically sound; reliable mechanically. We always give it the 3000 mile oil changes and regular tune-ups when needed. With the exception of replacing tires, a light bulb or two, and minor repairs here and there this car has been extremely reliable in every way."
"this car is cute and dependable with plenty of get up and go. .Its big enough to withstand an accident but not so big that it reminds you of grandmas car or the neighbors boat. it has plenty of power but with the 3.0 litre V-6 its economical enough. the only thing id realy complain about is the lack of room overall. the front has too much dash, and the seats are uncomfortable. Other than that and the oval back window I LOVE IT111"
"I bought this car new as a company car for my job. I am the only owner and bought it when my company downsized and got rid of it. Great bargin, couldn't resist. I have 129,00 miles on it and really no problems other than general maint. It drives great, has the best heat and air and radio. It has better air than my son's and he has a 2006 Toyota. Anyone that buys a Taurus is getting a good car. The only thing I had to get used to is the front door opening, It was shaped oval and not the easiest to get into and out. I used to have a 1995 and the front door opening was larger."
"Bought this car from a retired guy. It had 40,000 dealer serviced miles. I saw he had replaced the struts twice, the rotors three times and three sets of brake shoes. At 46,00 miles the transmission began "neutraling" jumping into neutral. I took it to the shop and they had to do a compete rebuild ($2,200). But the 6 cylinder Vulcan engine is great, strong and provides great acceleration. But the turn signal stalk mounted wiper control fails often.
At 60,000 miles the ABS light came on and no service tech can find out why. At 62,000 the power locks stopped working along with the power windows (great air conditioning though). Checked all relays and fuses and am down to looking for a ground fault now.
My wife wants to paint whiskers on it because it looks like a giant catfish.
I have owned four fords in my life and two suffer from transmission issues. Service techs say had a bad reputation and that killed the lead Taurus had in the market."
"For the most part I have really loved my car. Recently I just really wanted an electric and sometimes it seems there are ghosts in the electrical system. Things bing for no reason, the door light is on all the time. Little things like that distract from an otherwise great used car."
"this is the best used car i have ever bought!! i thought it would be more issues wrong but other replacing the transmission fluid and regular oil changes this car is great (knock on wood just in case lol)"
"I bought my station wagon with 97K in the south with no rust at all and still doesn't show. Replaced shocks, lights, brakes right at the beginning. After that it had "only" a broken cooling hose which I recognized too late. Cost me an expensive repair due to an overheated engine. After 6 Year it has now 176K and except some repairs due to the wear the car is the best value I ever had. Love the space to haul stuff around or just leave my golf gear in the back. The best was 31mpg on some long trips down south. City is closer to 24mpg. The engine is still doing great just loses a power in lower speeds. I hate to look for another car since it needs new half shafts, shocks and a cracked windshield which will cost more the value of the car. It is a joy to drive in snow with it. It got it through foot deep snow without problems due to the front wheel drive."
"i bought my taurus 1 yr ago, but its not my first one. this car has been a great car. i drive from port huron, mi to detroit all the time. wich is about 90 miles to the part i go to, it has never left me stranded and never fails to start. it gets about 30-35 mpg on the highway. and not to shabby in town. my brother, two of my sisters, and me all have owned taurus' at one time or another, and they all have been good cars."
"I bought this car new off of the dealer showroom floor. It has been dependable with excellnt performance in all aspects. Currently the odometer reads 240k miles. I drive 580 miles from Detroit to DC on a regular basis and get over 30mpg with the 24v v6 engine."
"I have owned my 1998 taurus se for only a couple months with 197000 miles for 1800 bucks. didnt think it was a great deal. i have put on 6 thousand miles in 3 months and i have had no problems but tires, a headlight, and the steering pump is just starting to go out. so far its been a great car! i drive 45 miles each way monday through thursday and has not let me down and has not failed to start. i highly reccomend this car!"
"I've had my 96 Taurus for 10 years, passed 150,000 miles, still runs great, though engine gaskets are wearing out (leaks oil). Have done no major repairs, engine light has been on for 5 years. Paint still looks great with little to no maintenance. Everything still works. I have to have to give it up to go to a minivan for the family."
"This vehicle continues to run strong and just passed the 130,000 mile mark. I've done nothing but regular maintenance and this car keeps going. The V6 provides good power and the car also has a comfortable ride for something 10 years old. Also is safe and has decent fuel economy for a car this size. Drives and rides better then my dad's old 2002 Honda Accord."
"This is about the most functional and reliable car I've ever owned. Being so common is a great thing when it comes time for repairs. Parts are plentiful and relatively cheap.
I've been in a couple wrecks and driven 50k miles in this vehicle and it has served me well through out it all.
This is a perfect family car.
The down-side is obvious, it's not very stylish. I would consider it neutral in the style category...which is far from ugly."
"Our family bought this car virtually brand new. It was a 'demo' with 5K. It now has upwards of 75K (yeah, we baby our cars on mileage), and it's tip-top. My mechanic told me to keep this car because of it's condition. Over 10 years old, and still needing only routine stuff. I was thinking of trading it in, but I may end up keeping it just because I love it so much, and can use it as a 'weekend car'.
Like any car, do the routine stuff, and it'll keep you happy. Lots of nice features, and great power."
"My Taurus SE was given to me by a lady whose son blew the engine. I put in a new engine for about $1,500 and it has been a very reliable car every since. It starts every time and runs and rides great. The A/C compressor and a motor mount had to be replaced, but these sort of things are to be expected from a car with 150,000 miles. My wife likes my car so much that she sold her Toyota and bought a '97 Taurus GL. It is a very comfortable ride to work every day. I set the cruise control and just go. I only have to fill up once a week.
The car is invisible though. There are like a million white Taurus' on the road, so noone sees mine. I love the styling of the 1st and 3rd generation Taurus, but I am not as crazy about my 2nd generation Taurus. That's just a matter of personal taste though. It is still a good looking car."
"I bought my Taurus in 2000. Just about to hit 100K miles. It's time for a new car. Have to say this has been a great car for very little $. I have put very little into it other the oil changes, tires until now. It needs new struts, tie rods, roaters, and a bunch of other things that will cost more than it is worth. I call it the SIlver Bullet because it gets up and goes. Lots of power for a car and flies up the mountain passes leaving everyone behind. Does great in the snow, especially for a car. Would buy another one. Only huge complaint is I have to replace brakes every year it seems. That has been the only problem I have had. Will miss my cheap little silver bullet."
"1999 Taurus wagon bought in 2000 with 18000 now at 113,000 replaced battery twice replaced catylitic "Y" pipe at 80000 (very pricey for that 1200.00)engine 24v is fantastic runs strong and no oil consumption.I have had to replace alot of parts that I thought prematurely, MAS at 75000, fuel pump at 99000, and it seems CV joints are failing .Car doesnt like non ceramic brake setups ( ie shimmying, noise, excessive wear) still like the styling would buy another if reliability of its parts were better"
"I have owned 3 Taurus' and have not been disappointed with any of them. I put 100,000 miles on my second one in just over a year (my job required extensive driving) and had only to replace the serpetine belt and the alternator. It had 200,000 miles on it when I sold it. My first was an excellent running vehicle. It even ran for over a month after it was completely submerged in a flood. I hope to have as much luck with this car as I did the first two. Although I do not care for the body style I am very happy with the mechanics of the Taurus. Would I purchase another Taurus..ABSOLUTELY."
Cons: "Odd brake dow , you rely need to know how to fix"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I grew up with American cars for most of my life. And for the most part , I thought that we as American where building what I call "Disposable Cars" because most American cars that I bought would not last any longer than a little over 100,000 miles, This car 240,000 miles right now and still going strong. I have changed my mind and my confidence of the American Manufacture. Would highly consider purchasing a new or slightly uded Ford Taurus Loaded!"