96 Taurus -- Stylish Winner
By Ford Fairlane on
Vehicle1996 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan
ReviewOverall design and build quality
strong. OEM tires lasted 60,000 miles
with regular rotation -- replaced with
Yokohamas (OEM alloy wheels) -- the
Yokohamas improve handling, braking
Very few problems outside of routine
maintenance. Fuel pump expired at
58,000 miles. Best car I've ever
owned. May purchase an '04 since (a)
the new Five Hundred/Montego may not
fit in the garage and (b) the new
small, mid-size car (Mazda 6 stretch)
may be significantly smaller.
Occasionally, must use mid-grade gas
during Summer to prevent knocking on
Best FeaturesOval dash, styling, radio controls, rear seat fold-down, heated mirrors, handling, road quiet. A very "high content" car for the money.
Worst FeaturesThe only improvement -- I wish this car had the Duratec 24V engine rather than the 12V Vulcan (although the late model Vulcan's I've rented seem to have more power and improved performance compared to the '96s).
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