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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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9 years for the original owner
By Don on 04/26/05 21:37 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Taurus LX 4dr Sedan

Review

I still commute daily (70 miles) in my LX that I bought new in '96. It will turn 162,000 miles by May '05. The Duratec V6 still runs strong, the leather interior survived 2 kids and daily abuse and looks almost new. The car handles New England winter driving just fine and has never broken down on me. This one was built in Chicago. The brake pads & rotors wear quick but years of stop/go driving may have played a role. Overall - the car's been great.
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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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Reliable car
By dkageff on 08/10/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Taurus LX 4dr Sedan

Review

My experience with this car has been very good. It is 8 yrs old and has 134,800 mile and the 3.0L Duratec is still running well and it still rides nice.
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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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1996 Taurus Wagon
By Ilikeaford on 05/22/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Wagon

Review

I have been totally satisfied with the Taurus wagon. There is ample room for the entire family (4) to ride comfortably even on long trips. We have experienced very little down time since purchasing the car seven years ago. One thing to keep a check on is the idler pulley.At around 110,000 miles ours broke and the bolt had to be drilled out for repair. It's a great car!
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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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High-Maintenance Baby
By wylieSteve on 04/16/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Ford Taurus SHO 4dr Sedan

Review

I really like the comfort, room, ride and performance of this car. It has enough room to easily seat 5, has good acceleration, handling, braking and top speed. Camshaft problem was a $700 pain to get welded, and the car is on the third transmission.
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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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