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By ust
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1996 Ford Taurus Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


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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 Sedan 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'.


Best Features

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


Worst Features

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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Do not buy this car!
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By EX-FordFan
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1996 Ford Taurus Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


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Dont let the looks fool you, this car is very spacious, comfortable, and has some good features. Its a bummer is that ford cut out some features on the later models like, rear disc brakes, rear vents, gear indicator on dash, and subwoofer. Also, do not go to Power Ford of Huntington Beach. I had a horrible experience with RB Bradley, who wouldn’t fix my car when I told him what was wrong and threatened to call the cops on me when I refused to pay the bill until spoke to the manager who was on vacation for 2 days. Ford ESP is worthless when you have to deal with b$ to get anything fixed. For more information on the taurus check out taurusclub [dot] com


Best Features

Keyless entry keypad on door. This is probably the best feature of the car. You can lock your keys in the car and let it warm up if you must! Also this car has rear air vents, something not common on cars in 1996, letalone many cars today unless you spring for the premium models.


Worst Features

Reliability! So far I have replaced the engine, transmission, steering rack, heater blower motor, crank pulley, and multifunction switch. I cannot say I have bad luck since ford obvious did not put any thought into the parts they designed.


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7 Year Owner Opinion
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By DS2001
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1996 Ford Taurus Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


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I bought this Taurus used in 1997 with about 15,000 mi. I now have almost 115,000 on it and it is starting to give me some big trouble. The tranmission is not shifting from 1st to 2nd properly and jerks. The brake pads wear out quickly.I had to have electrical work done on steering column. Fords should last more than 115,000 before they start tofall apart


Best Features

Fairly smooth ride and comfortable interior


Worst Features

Overcome shoddy workmanship. These cars are not built well Trade in value is almost non-existent


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Good car, but not reliable
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By JoeKass
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1996 Ford Taurus Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


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I have been having this car for almost three years. super car, but spent almost fortune for its maintenance. Be careful when buying and take into consideration that occasional repairs might add up to the price.


Best Features

power package, roomy


Worst Features

quick to break down. maintenance is very high


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