We bought a '99 LX used in 2001 with 17,000 miles, paid $9,500. Pretty base model, no power locks, no power seat, steel wheels, base V6. It does have the AX4N transmission, the same one that goes in the Duratech powered cars, should last longer then the car - much better then the AX4S that normally goes in the Vulcan powered cars. Driven the car 66,000 miles with two repairs; the wiper washer pump and an exhaust sensor - total about $150. New rotors on the front at 60K, trannie flush at 40K. Paint looks good, interior is in good shape too even with two kids tearing it up. A good rock solid car for the money; bought my mom one just like it a month later for even less.
Low maintenance, fair mileage (24 mpg every tank since bought). Have never added a quart of oil between changes.
Low power, some wind noise, uninspired looks. Front leg room is somewhat limited - I'm 6' tall and it's a little cramped. Don't know how they sell any Tauruses new, they lose half their value in a year, but if you buy used it's a steal.
Horrible experience from beginning to end. When we bought it, it was the nicest car we'd ever owned. Absolutely babied it. Spedometer quit at 24,000 miles; alternator at 40,000; steering at 80,000; EGR Valve at 85,000; thermostat at 90,000; EGR sensor at 90,000 and door ajar sensors are now acting up at 98,000. Selling ASAP. I will never buy a Fix Or Repair Daily again! (I was really proud of this vehicle & it is a total disappointment. 6 major repairs for a vehicle less than 100,000 miles is unforgivable, especially when it has been well maintained and garaged.
I bought a 99 taurus back in 2000. One year
later ( just barely out of warranty) the brakes
had to be replaced, the 2 front rotors had to
be replaced, and the electrical features
(keyless entry, power locks, windshield
wipers) would short out & not work. (this is at
only 40,000 miles) Now, when the cars
barely four years old, the heater core had to
be replaced, the engine coolant resivor
cracked, the thermostat was replaced, the
transmission needs replaced , the brakes
still have issues , & more electrical problems
Its absolutely terriable on gas, its not built
as economically as its rivals, we just bought
a brand new ford expedition, & it gets better
mileage than the taurus
Still, after owning it for about four years,
havent found one!
EVERYTHING NEEDS IMPROVING, I would
never, own one again, it cant compete with
TOYOTA and HONDA
I bought my 99 Taurus new w/ the 24
valve DOHC engine package. It has been
extremely reliable and a solid car to
drive. My driving mix is 60%
interstate / 40% local. The only major
repair item in 5+ years were full
struts at 60k which with new tires
makes it run and handle like a new car.
Everything else still original - even
brakes! I forget this car is 5 yrs old,
it is tight, quiet and a good runner.
My complaints: the a/c fan
softly "squeaks", this also happened on
our 95 Windstar (which was not nearly
as reliable at 5 yrs out), & the driver
seat is low so I use a cushion. This
was the last year for the "old" design
(which I like even more now than I did
then) and for me it was a winner.
Styling. Excellent pickup and handling
expecially with the new McPherson
cup holders needed to be deeper, front
seats too low, fix the a/c fan so it