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Taurus not too user freindly.
By Jim on 01/10/06 21:42 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan

Review

Taurus not bad riding, except for exterior noise that dealer or Ford wouldn't address. Problems with noisy front end had to bushings replaced twice. Brakes wore out quick and never were smooth after dealer replaced. Car became second car quick. Had 1987 Ford Taurus much better quality. Wouldn't buy again.
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Why I will go back to buying Honda's
By Ira on 10/08/05 19:09 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan

Review

My first mistake was selling my 1991 Honda Accord because I got a 'great' deal on this new Taurus. The car has been great if you are into high maintenance. Let's see: two transmissions, numerous electrical and brake problems, a few starters, a/c heat problems, fuel problems ... you name it and it's broken.
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Not Impressed
By Stonemannn on 07/25/05 11:36 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan

Review

I bought this car in 1998. Ran well for a few years. A transmission part needed replacement at about 70,000 miles. Now I have a fluctuating temp gauge and don't even want to know where that is taking me repair-wise. I won't buy another Ford.
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I hate my car
By ihatemytaurus on 04/27/05 22:29 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan

Review

I am 17 and this car was a hand-me-down from my grandparents. It's extremely slow, looks like a bubble, and doesn't get good gas mileage. It also takes about 1 full second to shift from 1-2. It might also be nice if they made some performance parts for it besides an air filter, but they don't.
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Never Again
By shires on 04/08/05 03:39 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan

Review

Nice-looking, comfortable car. The only problem was that nothing worked right. Had to replace the transmission - the transmission folks told me this is quite common - and the heater fan. The heating block cracked and had to be sealed. The air vent system never did work right, despite replacing the fan. The stereo didn't work right, and the turn signals worked sometimes, and sometimes they didn't. Gas mileage averaged around 20 miles per gallon, which was not acceptable to me. Finally, the Taurus got smashed in the side by a pickup and was totalled, but I walked away without a scratch - so it is a nice safe car. Otherwise, a complete turkey.
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Great economical transportation
By cycledan on 07/12/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan

Review

I have owned this car for 8 years now. Only major repair was heating core for $500. Minor repair I performed myself at no cost was putting pan gasket back in place and retightening back up. Also pressure cap on expansion tank needed to be replaced. Other repair was a $20 or so idler pulley went bad - common problem apparently.
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A great car for the price
By Robert Stewart on 05/07/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan

Review

425,000 kms on this car. overhauled tranny at 250,000. OEM tires gave 150,000 km and still had tread.3L Vulcan never been opened. change the oil every month.replaced two wheel bearings, speed shift sensor, lower tie rod, 2 ball joints. Replaced column control arm. replacement except tranny due to wear and tear not defective manuf. replace tranny oil every 50,000km,flush rad once a year.OEM General tires only way to go. 110,000to 125,000kms on each set. All lights and bulbs in car are original. with proper care the Taurus is a terrific performer. Gets 30mpg consistently. Exhaustis orig and passed emissions test as if new.
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A Lemon Can Be Red, Too...
By Lemonade on 04/19/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan

Review

Bought this car used with 46,000 miles on it. Have replaced all four rotors, the radiator, the AC system. AC is broken again. Thermostat has been replaced 3 times. Freeze plugs blew out on interstate highway at about 50,000 miles and had to have head gasket job. Car was in the shop nearly every six weeks from the time I bought it...
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Reliability
By ust on 04/15/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan

Review

Reliability good except for possible transmission problems in the 40 thousand miles range. Overhaul can be expensive and various computer sensors on transmission and engine will activate check engine light. This will cause a smog check inspection failure required by several states and in turn require expensive repairs to search for the sensor and replace it. Another problem area may be in the anti-lock brakes which requires expensive pump replacement if light remains on.
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Worth what you pay
By Haley on 04/09/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan

Review

Bought my car six months ago from someone who had it sense 1996. Haven't had any problems except the check engine light which wasn't anything major. Fun little car for the price tag, trade in value is kind of depressing though. Very nice interior deisgn, and outside i've been given compliments on the 'smile' of the front of it. This car has been in northen New Hampshire sense 96' and it is still running great at 04'.
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