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By David
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1997 Ford Taurus Wagon LX 4dr Wagon


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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!


Best Features

Rear third row seat, luggage rack, power window locks, GREAT A/C.


Worst Features

CD player. More reliable door lock switch on drivers side - it's flaky (but so am i after all these years).


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RELIABLE
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By Jeroen Walstra
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1997 Ford Taurus Wagon GL 4dr Wagon


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The car cost me $3070 in repairs over 5 years. We had very few problems and provided ample space for a family of 5. Even friends can be taken along as a result of the folding seat in the back.


Best Features

Seat in back.


Worst Features

The looks aren't great and the ride could be 'stiffer.'


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Reliable and inexpensive
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By David
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1997 Ford Taurus Wagon GL 4dr Wagon


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Ours was in good condition when purchased at 86,000 miles, requiring only fluids and filters. In the 40,000 miles since then there has been one problem (camshaft position sensor - car was still drivable), and everything else was wear and tear related. A few annoyances - wind noise on passenger side, rusty A pillar on driver side, some misaligned interior trim pieces - but overall it's very likable - it has a "Millennium Falcon" appeal with the swoopy styling and all the junk you can carry inside. Transmission seems a little delicate (overheated the fluid while driving to Big Bear from LA and needed it flushed). Wouldn't buy one new because of depreciation, but it's a great used-car buy.


Best Features

Very roomy, inexpensive to maintain, 24 mpg average over the past 40,000 miles, precise handling and strong 4-wheel disc brakes. Great A/C, comfortable front seats. Stereo is pretty good as well. In a sea of SUVs it seems to have a contrarian character. (A Taurus with character?!).


Worst Features

Back seat is large but somehow uncomfortable. Rear headrests for safety. Vulcan V6 makes low tech sounds and little power, though smooth around town and OK on the highway once up to speed. (Would have preferred the 24V Duratech.) Transmission clunky at times. Plastic headlights yellow with age.


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Spacious, inexpensive, and smooth
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By HT
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1997 Ford Taurus Wagon GL 4dr Wagon


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This is a great used wagon for the money if you can find one that has been used gently, i.e., was maintained on conservative intervals. There's easily enough room for 5 people, and the cargo space is truly enormous. The base Vulcan engine (145 hp) lacks power but is quiet and smooth. The upside of the car's tremendous weight is its stability and, while no one wants to go head to head with an SUV, this biggie wagon feels solid. I've been quite happy.


Best Features

Space! Low-to-the-ground, so drives like a car instead of a mushy SUV. Engine is quiet, interior noise is low. Gains tremendous speed going downhill (probably because it's shaped like a torpedo and is the same weight as one).


Worst Features

Sturdier brakes, sturdier transmission, make certain basic maintenance items (replacing blinker bulbs, cabin air filter, etc.) easier to access. Remove open door sensors from actual latch (they get gummed up--WD40 fixes it).


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Very Reliable
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By broberts
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1997 Ford Taurus Wagon GL 4dr Wagon


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I bought this car new in 1997 and it has been very reliable. I wish the gas mileage was better as my overall average is only 20. 27-28 on long highway trips.


Best Features

Seats are very comfortable. Radio and AC/heating controls are easy to use.


Worst Features

I would like to see the doors redesigned so as not to receive knicks from other car doors. Basically the door protectors are for looks. I would also like to see larger map holders on the sides of the door.


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