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Love this car
By David on 10/09/06 20:11 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Taurus LX 4dr Wagon

Review

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!
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Don't be so hard on Taurus
By Lynn Daczyk on 07/04/06 13:38 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan

Review

This has been a good utility and trip vehicle for me. Normal maintenance. Worst problem was blowing a freeze plug at 130,000 miles and, with my not watching the temp gauge, ruined the engine. Replacement was reasonable (lucky me, on a trip!) and it's been running fine, now at 150,000. Gas mileage is 26 in the city, 30 on trips. Doesn't use oil.
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1997
By Dan on 05/27/06 06:04 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan

Review

I like the car very well. Has good power and is comfortable. Have owned my car for almost six years, have had very little trouble with it.
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RELIABLE
By Jeroen Walstra on 01/06/06 20:02 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Wagon

Review

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.
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Reliable and inexpensive
By David on 10/25/05 19:52 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Wagon

Review

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.
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major headaches
By bigstan on 09/20/05 16:20 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Taurus G 4dr Sedan

Review

The Taurus is definitely made to be a throw away car. The car had a rebuilt transmission when I bought it and I had to replace the tranny again at 102,000 miles. Now at 140,000, it is slipping again. The oil pan is now leaking as well and the a/c just went out, Had to replace speed sensor as well, cost $500 bucks. It rides rough, is loud, and uses brakes up very fast. I take great care of my cars and wonder how much trouble I would have had if I didn't. I am now giving up on Fords.
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A sorry gift
By Pops on 07/31/05 07:59 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan

Review

Because they depreciate so fast, especially with high mileage, I was able to buy this Taurus very cheaply. It is rated well in safety so I gave it as gift to my son. Excellent car with few problems until the tranny went at 120,000. I should not have replaced it. Since then it has been ball joints, struts, oil pan and gaskets and major brake work. Now at 150,000 it needs another tranny, serpentine belt pulley, exhaust, and wheel bearings. The Taurus is probably a good buy with low mileage, but sell it before it gets much over the 100,000 mark. Long term buyers should go with foreign makes.
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Spacious, inexpensive, and smooth
By HT on 07/21/05 04:55 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Wagon

Review

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.
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Decent car, but hard to repair
By Perry Reed on 05/02/05 12:14 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Taurus SHO 4dr Sedan

Review

The SHO is a fun-to-drive vehicle. Although the ride is somewhat harsh, it handles well and has more than adequate power. Mileage is decent for a car with this much power. The interior is well-laid out and the controls are easy to reach. The car is well-optioned, and includes climate control, which is nice to have. My major concern is the poor camshaft design, which really ruined the owning experience of this vehicle for me. Also, they could have made sure that parts are more readily available. For example, the electronically-controlled suspension has unique, expensive struts. They would have been well- advised to update the V6 from the previous SHO's rather than go with a new V8.
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Not what we were hoping for...
By JennS on 03/11/05 16:36 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1997 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan

Review

Ford hurt my feelings with this car. Have had lots of trouble with my Taurus. Thought it would be a nice, economy car with a long, worry-free life. Wrong! Lots of little annoying problems, like the door ajar switches sticking and making the lights stay on, numerous sensor problems, rotors, etc. Replaced the head and gasket at 80,000, radiator has "gunk" in it even after numerous flushes/cleanings. Can hear the "water" running when you turn. Now it is missing, again, after replacing spark plugs/wires 3 different times. Afraid the transmission will go any day. Other than that, I like to drive it and it is a comfortable ride. Just wish it was more dependable.
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