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1996 Ford Taurus Sedan

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Never Again
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By shires
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1996 Ford Taurus Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


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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.


Suggested Improvements

Forget it. Many of the used ones I've seen for sale have replaced transmissions. This car needs to be rebuilt by people who know and care about what they are doing.


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Reliable car
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By dkageff
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1996 Ford Taurus Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


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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
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By cycledan
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1996 Ford Taurus Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


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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 Sedan 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 Sedan 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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