1996 Ford Taurus Consumer Review: Very Good Family Sedan

1996 Ford Taurus - Consumer Review

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LX Sedan (3.0L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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Very Good Family Sedan
By Chris on


1996 Ford Taurus LX 4dr Sedan


I have owned this vehicle for 3 years. I purchased it with 112k, it now has 160k. Prior to me owning it was a rental car and work vehicle, and was involved in at least 2 accidents. 150k rear struts were replaced, 158k the original alternator replaced, 160k master brake cylinder. The DPFE sensor was replaced about 3 times, this causes the nagging check engine light 90% of the time. The 24v Duratec V6 is plenty powerful, and is still powerful compared to many newer vehicles. 0-60 is listed in the mid 8's, however I have seen it as low as 7. Highway acceleration is excellent, and even when compared to a 2000 and up BMW 328, Audio A6, Accord V6, it still hangs in the crowd.

Best Features

Comfort, tilting headrests, ABS, pickup and passing power, safety, handling, variable power steering (less chance of overcorrection at high speeds). Looks (very unique - Jaguar and RX7 blend). Dual exhaust, engine growl when pushed, durability, reliability. parts inexpensive, online clubs!

Worst Features

All problems were fixed by 2000 except for the DPFE sensor. Improve gas mileage, offer a 5 speed.
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