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210,000 and still going
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By onedaddeo
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1996 Ford Taurus Wagon LX 4dr Wagon


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We bought the car used, with 120,000 miles on it. I figure any car over 100,000 miles is going to need repairs eventually. A new transmission was the first major repair. then 2 alternators were replaced at $600 each. Then we found a oil seal leak was fouling the alternator. Then a couple of tranny line leaks, that I fixed. Front struts and rear springs. Then I replaces all the plastic tabs that hold the interior door panels on. Then I cleaned the air intake with brake cleaner. That was over 50,000 miles ago. Since then, no problems. the duratech engine keeps running, the ride is comfortable, and everything works at sub zero temps unlike my 2007 Honda. it was still cheaper than a car payment


Favorite Features

Good in the snow, roomy, great for the family, nice ride, an engine that doesn't quit. all electronics, and engine starts in sub zero temps. I still like the rounded streamlined design, in the age of "box" cars. power driver seat, temperature climate control, heated mirrors, cruise on the steering wheel, jump seat for kids in the rear, great cargo capacity, good lines of site. 200hp engine that chirps tire in 2nd gear (if you floor it) 18 city and 24+mpg highway


Suggested Improvements

placement of the alternator, and AC, gets fouled when oil pan gasket leaks (common problem on all Taurus) I have no real repair complaints, for a car that was designed to go about 120,000 150,000 miles.


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Junk
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By jf
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1996 Ford Taurus Wagon LX 4dr Wagon


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Owning this car has been a huge disappointment. The comfortable interior is deceiving because everything else about it is junk. It pays to do your research. I didn't and I've had the same problems many other people encounter. Transmission went at 150k, air conditioning went before that, interior panels kept falling off, leaks at radiator and frost plug which is expensive to fix since it's hard to reach, coolant reservoir burst, faulty water pump, sensors what's next? I'll never buy a Ford again.


Favorite Features

Very comfortable, liked all the cargo room.


Suggested Improvements

Build something durable!


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purrs like a kitten
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By strungkitten
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1996 Ford Taurus Wagon LX 4dr Wagon


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My last car was an Escort and I really loved it. That is, until I started driving my Taurus. The vision is great. The most comfortable seats yet. Even being 10 years old it looks stylish. I also got a very good buy. I am a very pleased Taurus driver.


Favorite Features

The console is great. I use a LARGE insulated cup that finally has a place to sit. The tilt steering and those very comfortable seats and no shifting.


Suggested Improvements

I've not had it long enough to answer.


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Taurus Wagon
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By jim thomas
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1996 Ford Taurus Wagon LX 4dr Wagon


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Bought the car use with 40,000 miles. Now, it is over 100,000 ... other than tires and brakes, not a single repair bill. I never change the oil, or check any fluids. Plus, I only paid 4K.


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never again!
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By Lucia
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1996 Ford Taurus Wagon LX 4dr Wagon


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Door handles/panels/cup holder have been reattached several times. Seatbelts get stuck so they can't be pulled out or remain pulled out and won't go back. All inside plastic comes away from attachment anchors. Cd player- replaced. Shifting from park to drive now difficult. Sun roof has gotten stuck open, had automatic door locks fixed, can not always use remote entry, doors no longer lock when car is in drive. All plastic covers for seat bolts have broken off. Makes SLOPPY turns. Handles horribly in bad whether. Dented door closing it & got a dent from a carwash! Both side mirrors broke when knocked into.


Favorite Features

very fast!


Suggested Improvements

electrical system needs to be more reliable seatbelts need to be reinforced with strong guides so they do not constantly get stuck. Better workmanship for all interior bolt covers, door panels. Side view mirrors need to be sturdier, car should not dent so easily


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