by katepaints on May 21, 2011 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Taurus LX 4dr Wagon
I loved this car; got it new. Two years into it, it kept shorting out so I couldn't keep lights on auto.
Needed a new ignition before 50K. At six years the transmission needed overhauling after it died. With all the technical updates it ran much better. A year later at 129K the engine died. Ford in its infinite wisdom had put a race car engine in it so I really couldn't replace the engine at a reasonable cost.
I was incredibly disappointed as I had been very good at maintenance and upkeep. I walked away and bought a '96 Jeep Cherokee which was a lot more reliable.
by Jim on May 10, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Taurus LX 4dr Wagon
I bought this car in 2003 with 93K miles on it. The trans was rebuilt at 81k miles (OD went out, trans was never flushed at 30K increments). Now I have 151K on the car and the engine and trans are running great. A must have, is the 3.0 DOHC engine. The bad points are that it eats up front rotors. I change them every 6-8 months. Also, ball joints and front brgs had to be replaced, along with various emissions sensors and engine hoses. Normal stuff, when over 100K? I do most of the repairs myself. If I had to take it to a dealer for repairs, I'd be broke! Dealer parts and labor costs are expensive! But, for the price of the car and the great gas mileage, 26 mpg average, you can't beat it.
by David on Oct 9, 2006 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Taurus LX 4dr Wagon
This car has been a super purchase. It fits a family of 5 (me, wife, 3 kids) and luggage in the back or on top. I can even separate the kids and put some in the back rumble seat to keep them quiet and at peace. The added tow package has made towing a pop-up camper or small trailer easy and made this vehicle even more flexible. SUPER gas mileage and great reliability. The only challenge has been meeting the VERY strict NY state emissions standards with the California engine, but we finally solved the emission sensor issues and life is good. I only wish it had a CD player!
by Fanula on Sep 11, 2002 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Taurus LX 4dr Wagon
The best part of this car is it seats
eight. Very few vans even do this. We
changed fuel pump at 55,000 miles (This
year0. Door clips come off, and AC not
best. Makes noise driving on steep
hills except when on premium gas.
Handles well in wind on highway.
by Geo on May 15, 2002 Vehicle: 1997 Ford Taurus LX 4dr Wagon
This has been a great car for me. I
owned at 1994 Taurus Wagon and traded
for this one. I think it handles well
on the road, get 23 to 28 mpg,and even
my wife likes the car. My only
complaint is that it is a bit noisy on
the road, but for a station wagon not
bad. I am looking to trade it in for a
newer model with less miles ... this
one has 83,000 on it right now. I have
not had any problem with this car.
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