First new car for the family. Have now 106,800 miles on it. Besides regular maintenance the only item that has failed was the starter at 106K. Other than that is been just regular oil changes, an a tune up at 106K. Easy to drive, comfortable. We have taken it on many long trips and has always performed very well. We get about 26 miles per gallon on the highway, about 23 in city driving.
Good overall car. Can fit 5 adults with no problem. Trunk is very spacious and looks good on the road. The Duratec 3.0L 12 valve engine has performed great.
Put anti-lock brakes in all models. LX model came with standard brakes.
I bought my Taurus used, 1.5 years old, with warranty, for less than half the price of a new one. The biggest surprise was decent handling, even better than my '00 Acura TL (before I changed springs). Lots of room inside, good fuel economy with smaller engine. Something of rarity these days, no ABS, I love it, especially on snow. For some reason there are no aftermarket parts, like lower springs, better shocks, but stock is not so bad. No ridiculous gap between fenders and wheels. My recommendation - get a used one from rental fleet, you'll save tons of money. With 65,000 miles on it, all I've changed was brake pads (twice), tires (3 sets), and ball joints. The car is driven hard and fast, almost problem free.
Large interior, good handling, decent fuel economy, cheap to insure and repair, no ABS, six passenger seating, huge tank, 16" wheels.
Transmission is horrible. Slow to downshift, fast to upshift, takes a lot of fun away from the car. Offer a manual (with clutch), there is no law against it. Offer harder springs as option, better headlights.
My 2002 Ford Taurus, was bought via the
internet, after compaig 10 different
models--equipment, features, price, etc.
In my opinion, the Taurus is one of the
most UNDERRATED CARS OF THE PAST FIVE
YEARS! The car simply does what you
want it to do! The quality, and
attention to detail is evident in all
aspects--drive train--body integrity--
interior, etc. Not to mention,that
Taurus, is Ford's' "Official Race Car"-
winning the NASCAR Winston Cup
Manufacturers cup in 2002.
Drive train--looks like it is "hand
made." Design: Clean and neat flowing
uncluterd lines. Attentin to detail--
The ONLY improvement I'd suggest to
Ford, is to move the oil filter AWAY
from being directly OVER the starter
I have a 1999 Taurus. I bought it
certified from the dealer. It had 43000
miles on it when I bought it.
At 75000 the transmission gave out. It
was covered under the extended warranty
I bought with the car. I had no
problems dealing with Ford for the
repair. It broke down 200 miles from my
home, and even though I was far from my
usual service dept., they treated me
well, and repaired it in a reasonable
amount of time. I have heard the 1999
trani's go out around 75000 pretty
regularly, someting I wish I had known.
Other than that...I love the car.
This is probably one of the best deals
out there right now. We took advantage
of the $2500 rebate rather than the 0%
offer. Clean styling, comfortable
seating for 5 (could squeeze 6 in a
pinch). Got it for 16,700 - after
rebates & before taxes/doc. The LX is
the base model, but it comes with power
windows/locks & even a passive security
system. All this plus a 5 star crash
rating. Great car for the money!