by cinemaxmama on Jul 16, 2012 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Taurus SE 4dr Wagon
I have driven this vehicle for the past 13 years. Hated it then, still hate it now.
BUT - most reliable vehicle I've ever owned. I bought it with 70,000 miles, I now have 180,000 and still running like a champ.
There is a hole that has rusted in the floor, the door handles come apart, doors don't shut all the way, seatbelts don't pull all the way, dash is coming apart, break replacements every 6 mths, but still runs.
by musicaldark on Apr 4, 2012 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Taurus SE 4dr Sedan
I bought my Taurus in Feb 2008, she had 88k miles on her, and here at 125k miles she's still running good as new.
I always believed, if you take care of your car, then your car will take care of you.
That's very true!
I'm faithful to 3 month oil changes, 6 month tune ups, 1 year new tires or rotation of the ones bought the following year.
I went today actually to look about getting a new car and the dealer at a Honda dealership told me, "You have a great car here, I'd keep her if I was you" and you know what?
He was right and I am keeping her.
Best investment I ever made!
by oo7chick on Feb 21, 2012 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Taurus SE 4dr Sedan
Bought this car in January 2010 but didn't start driving it until March because the transmission had been rigged up by previous owners. After shop did what they could to fix the transmission, I put about 36,000 miles on it driving for work and school. Had to get new brakes/pads, alternator, fuel and water pumps, battery and all the fixins. Show it some love and it will last for you!
We bought it with just under 100,000 miles on it and the ending odometer was 135,500 (right on normal for the age of this car).
It was a total loss when someone rear-ended me, but I would recommend this as a car worth the money. We paid $1200 originally and spend about $1500 on repairs needed for this car.
by ssmarkk on Mar 11, 2011 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Taurus SE 4dr Sedan
I have purchased my car in 2002 with 72,000 miles on it. Now car has 131,000 miles and mechanically sounds perfectly. Had no major problems with the car at all. Since 2002 I had to change battery, the timing belt (at around 110,000 miles which is expected), belt tensioner, braking pads, boots and front rotors, turn signal switch, fuel filter, air filter, spark plugs, stabilizing link bars, 5 times changed expansion tank for cooling liquid, cabin and turning signal light bulbs, and, of course, tires. As you can see the most of the replacements are related to the routine maintenance. No problems with transmission and engine. This car become our family member.
by firstwagon on Feb 26, 2011 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Taurus LX 4dr Sedan
I bought our 98 Taurus SE for $1200 2 years ago.
Since then we have put 20,000 miles on it and done nothing but oil changes.
Mileage is good, handles great for an American car, is comfortable and has a big trunk.
I just wanted a cheap beater as a second car but it turned out to be a reliable daily driver.
by AVolarVolar on Dec 5, 2010 Vehicle: 1998 Ford Taurus SE 4dr Sedan
I paid at $11,000 at 64,000 hwy miles from a pharmaceutical sales company in 1999. I spent $250 for a brake job inc warped rotors after 1st yr. My miles were lower than average but replaced brakes and tires often for the 1st 3 yrs. Overheating problems came and I spent quite a bit to get the system flushed & new coolant. The heater was not working reliably as coolant continued to leak out from the system recovery tank even after replacing pressure caps 2x . At 98,000 miles the Transmission gave out & it cost $4400. Door ajar light & check engine lights came on past yr. Heater stopped working., Leak in A/C system means no air. Now it wont pass smog & camshaft position sensor went out.
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