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Great economical transportation
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By cycledan
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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.


Favorite Features

Lower cost than all other competing vehicles, very reliable, decent performance and very comfortable. Fold down rear seats allow me to place bicycle easily in back.


Suggested Improvements

Place quality bearing in idler pulley, better quality heater core (went on my 1988 Taurus as well).


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A great car for the price
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By Robert Stewart
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1996 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan


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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.


Favorite Features

Power locks, fold down seats and the sound system


Suggested Improvements

Ford knows about the tranny probs and has rectified it.


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A Lemon Can Be Red, Too...
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By Lemonade
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1996 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan


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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...


Favorite Features

Doors lock on takeoff. Fold-down rear seats.


Suggested Improvements

Everything, including the quality of Ford replacement parts. I found that I was replacing the same parts over and over. Dealer service guys joked about cutting down a rain forest to print out the repair records...


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Reliability
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By ust
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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
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By Haley
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1996 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan


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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'.


Favorite Features

Reliable in winter, smooth ride, huge seats and interior.


Suggested Improvements

Gas mileage is sad, but not horrible, good if they didn't go as cheap on them when they were built.


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