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This is the worst car I've ever owned
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By klfrunell
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2003 Ford Taurus SE 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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We bought this car less than 90 days ago, used. We had it inspected thoroughly prior to purchase. We have had it towed 4 times since purchase, diagnosed twice, and each time the mechanic has said there is nothing wrong, and the car starts for them, we bring it home and it won't start again. The mechanic today said--after keeping the car for 2 days and trying to get it to fail-- that this model frequently will not start for no particular reason. He had one earlier this week with same problem, and sent it back to owners not knowing what was wrong. We picked it up, drove it home, and it won't start again. This is not at all a reliable car. Never again!


Best Features

None, what good is a car if it doesn't start?


Worst Features

It would be nice if the car would start for us. After taking it to 3 different mechanics, Ford dealerships, etc., no one can figure out why the car will not start, and it's not consistent either.


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Comfortable and Dependable
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By Central VA
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2003 Ford Taurus SES 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Bought my Taurus used 2 years ago, have had no problems or expenses other than routine maintenance. Leather seats, sunroof, 24V V6, alloy wheels, a nice looking, comfortable package. Have averaged over 28 MPG over the last 30K miles, get better than 30 on the highway. Seats could be a little more comfortable, and interior trim is kinda cheap looking, but so far I have no complaints. Doesn't hold value well since there are 60 gazillion of them on the road. Very smooth on the highway, a little more wind noise than some sedans.


Best Features

Good sound system, gas mileage, trunk space, reliability.


Worst Features

Front seat support, interior trim, wind and road noise, resale value.


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Great Car
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By jdfds9
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2003 Ford Taurus SE 4dr Wagon (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I love this car. First off, the look of it is what first attracted me. It's dark grey, with a great looking spoiler on the trunk lid and alloy wheels. Overall a great looking vehicle. It has a nice smooth ride, and great handling. Comfortable bucket seats, roomy back seat, sporty floor shifter. Quick, smooth acceleration and shifting. A strong runner, holds its own on the road and good mileage to boot!


Best Features

A nice mix of sporty and luxury. All controls are handy, and the cup holders do not block any controls. The floor shifter and front bucket seats make the interior great. I like everything about it.


Worst Features

None. I guess I am easy to please. As above, I like it all.


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Great car, awesome value.
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By johnfinson
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2003 Ford Taurus SES 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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First of all I bought this car with 42,000 miles and drive it everywhere and donít drive it nice. I have 144,000 on my Taurus now and it drives like new. I service it and it keeps running. My wifeís Honda Accord has seen the shop endless times with 33,000 on it. Buy American, better cars, better value, more comfortable and they're all worth the same in 10 years.


Best Features

Comfort, great mpg, good power, bulletproof reliability record.


Worst Features

Advertise better, market your car to sell.


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2003 Ford Taurus SE
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By Paul
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2003 Ford Taurus SE 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Surprisingly good suspension and handling. Even better on winter Michelin X-ice tires than on original Continental Touring Contact tires. However, old but reliable OHV Vulcan engine lacks the vigor of modern OHC engines. Additionally, the transmission has been mated to the engine for economy and upshifts too eagerly, what robs the car of dynamics even further. Sufficient and well modulated brakes stop this heavy car with confidence even with drums at rear. Body fit is below average with poorly designed hinges and locks. I had to spend a few hours just to adjust all doors to my standards. Overall reliability seems to be good providing that a basic maintenance schedules are being kept.


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Suspension, steering and handling.


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