I got the car in a trade at 212,000 miles ran GREAT. Transmission seemed that it needed something... just fluid :P! Car does leak or burn just a TINY bit of oil, and I think the tranny must drip a tiny bit here and there too. Haven't bothered tightening the bolts down yet. The 24v DOHC provide plenty, PLENTY of power for a consumer sedan. People don't understand why they are being passed by a taurus..... at 200hp and 200 foot pounds of torque you can get on the highway anytime you want. AND pass all the pricks in grand am's, 3 series bmw's, and wanna be fast honda's and toyotas. It's been fun to drive. I live on a winding road and it corners great. The engine will run forever if you treat it well. Just be mindful of the plastic intake manifold (likes to mess with gaskets sometimes). Also be mindful to watch tranny fluid and engine oil. If you get lucky enough to get the Mach Audio system stock (in some ses's and sel's) you'll love it. Stock system is plenty powerful enough to shake my rearview mirror with no sub.....
This has been a good car, and gets 25- 28 mpg. It feels solid, has great power (Duratec engine). Automatic temperature control and sound system are great. I've made several repairs, but that's normal for a 10 year old car with 150,000 + miles. I replaced brakes, spark plugs, DPFE sensor, PCV system, intake manifold gasket, struts, sway bar end links, and front wheel bearings. I've kept the fluids and filters changed, and right now the car is in great shape. It uses no oil, runs great, and handles great. My only negative comment is that the faux leather trim on the inside door panels has deteriorated and come unglued, and the overhead access panel to the sunroof keeps falling down.
Comfortable, good power, good mpg, good sound system
Interior trim panels have not held up well. Rear view mirrors should be larger.
I purchased my 2000 Taurus SEL brand new and I still own it but am thinking of retiring it to a teen next year. I love the duratec engine and have had only minor repairs as I have always taken care of it. My air conditioner just now went, but that is expected with the age. I have enjoyed my Taurus very much over the 9 years.
We bought this car as an "executive driven" used vehicle with only 5500 miles on the odometer in 2001. Other than the individual coils on the spark plugs failing at the worst times and the intake manifold blowing, the car has had only routine maintenance. The ride,fuel economy and reliability has been very good. The 24 valve engine has had the oil and filter changed regularly at 3,000 mile intervals and performs very well for an eight year old car. The leather seats are still in excellent condition and I had individual dual heating installed by the dealer at time of purchase. I hope to keep this car for the foreseeable future.
24 valve engine. The power is there when you need it. This car has been to Florida 5 times on 2600 mile round trips and was very comfortable. Great on all trips.
Rear headrests. Why didn't Ford design rear headrests on the SEL model?
I loved the way this car drove. It was so powerful and agile. When you shut the door, you feel the weight of the metal that protects you. With the traction control, I couldn't make the car slide on snow even when I tried. After about 70k miles (bought w/40k), the car just fell apart. At one point, I was putting $500-800 a month in maintenance into it. The door lock latch busted and wouldn't shut when it was really cold, engine lights would go on, the A/C compressor died, it had some carbon in the manifold that no amount of cleaner would fix. I may buy another Taurus, but I would suggest buying one with 12k miles and trading at 60k. Let someone else keep it on life support.
Great acceleration and handling. Love the sound system. This car is very solid, not like an import. Traction control is amazing in snow. Gas mileage never seemed like an issue. Huge trunk. Very comfortable.
There was a minimal vibration that I could never fix, even after replacing wheels, tires, balancing, most of front end, etc. Something went wrong in every system eventually. Great car when newer, money pit in the long- run. Best case scenario, buy with low miles, trade before 75k.