We had a 1992 Escort wagon that ran great, so we decided to upgrade to a Taurus. Shortly after buying it, we inherited a 1996 Taurus sedan that literally fell apart in our driveway (after $5K in repairs failed to fix it). If only we'd gotten that car before the wagon. Since 2001, we've averaged around $3K/yr in repairs, despite being vigilant about maintenance. I don't have enough space to list every thing that's failed, but it includes the power steering, the key system (2X), the brakes, and even the clasps to the CD changer door. Reading reviews, it sounds like we are among a third of Taurus owners who have poor reliability. The kicker--the Escort is still going strong today.
At the time we bought it, the Taurus had a good mix of comfort, gas mileage, and cargo room for the price. If we'd lucked out and gotten one of the good ones, I'd be raving about it.
Better reliability! Also, not having the CD changer in the back--it's very inconvenient, especially when you have the rear packed for a long trip and you have to remove stuff to change CDs. The braking is awfully sluggish as well, and it doesn't handle well in snow and ice, despite having ABS.
I have had my 1999 ford taurus for two
years and since then I have had to buy
a $2200.00 transmission, two hundred
dollar alternator, $500.00 brake jog
and a $100.00 power steering pump. I
will never buy another ford.
We purchased a brand-new Liquid Grey
2002 Taurus SEL Premium with every
option (except the rear spoiler).
Looking through the reviews posted
across the web it appears that
consumers that choose to buy the SEL
are better satisfied than those who
purchase a lower model Taurus.
Approaching 12,000 miles I too am
thrilled with the safety, interior
design, comfort and elegance of
the 'bull'. The Mach audio system is a
good choice (relative to the standard
audio setup in the Taurus).
A decent family car. Good interior
size, large back seat, good size
trunk. Adjustable brake pedal is
neat. Exterior is stylish and good
looking. Poor brakes. Front rotors
and pads had to be replaced with just
over 36K on them. No standard
antilock. Poor fuel economy, about 18
mpg around town. Crappy resale value.
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