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1998 Ford Taurus Sedan

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Ford Taurus Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.4 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 235 hp @ 6100 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/23 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1998 Ford Taurus

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Commodious and ergonomically correct.

  • Cons

    Swoopy styling and fish-faced snout leaves us cold.

  • What's New for 1998

    A mild facelift, revised trim levels and fewer options are the only changes to Ford's midsize sedan.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

A truly great beater

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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.




Disappointment

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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.




Who said flames make you

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Taurus SE 4dr Sedan

My Taurus SE caught fire at 290,000 km on the highway. These cars are not great I suggest finding something else.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Great car

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Taurus SE 4dr Sedan

I got my Taurus as a first car when I first began to learn to drive. As a new driver, I did not take very good care of my car. It has taken a few beatings and some basic maintenance has been lacking but even in light of that, the car has still run great up until this point. The car now has 201,000 miles on it and the biggest problem it still has ever had is bad wheel bearings. It is an excellent car with very few problems and I have loved driving it!




Fix or repair daily is

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Taurus SE 4dr Sedan

Electrical problems, driver door lock pops back up, brakes, brakes and more brakes. Heater core flushed three times in year and 1/2, then isn't that warm a week or so later, new sensor for speedometer to make it shift, new blower motor for heater and actuator door, brake line repairs, after all this, air compressor gone, no air. I can't remember the rest. Cup holders poor. Car drives good if you can afford the rest of the weekly maintenance.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Love this car

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Vehicle: 1998 Ford Taurus SE 4dr Sedan

I purchased new in August 1997 to replace 2003 SHO. Fun to drive, a tenth of a second slower than SHO in 1/4 mile. Runs even with current 5.0 Mustangs. Looks great, gets a lot of attention. Have had no mechanical problems just regular maintenance. No service issues. Used as second vehicle. This was an early model year vehicle so it has dual exhaust and trim items cost reduced out in later 1968 SE and performance packages. It is on its third set of premium tires, maybe due to driver style. Never thought of selling it until I drove the new SHO but it will still be a tough decision.



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What's New for 1998

A mild facelift, revised trim levels and fewer options are the only changes to Ford's midsize sedan.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 23
  • highway
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