This is my third Taurus (1994, 1999,
2003). No major reliability problems.
Very few minor ones. The 2003's
handling isn't as good as the '99's,
but it is roomy, comfortable, and well
Safety ratings are impressive. Base
Vulcan engine is a little weak at
mid-range with AC on, but I'm not
convinced the DOHC optional engine
is dramatically better.
My early 2003 has a lot of goodies
such as puddle lights under the
outside mirrors, a windshield tint bar,
chrome inside door handles, and
reasonably good interior materials.
Ford nixed these and others on late
'03's and the '04's.
My friends like the car's styling and
Price--I bought my '03 for under
$16,000. You can hardly buy a
Honda Civic for that.
Interior room. Bigger than its
Dealer Service. Ford's tech service
training and support is first rate.
They fix it the first time. My Ford shop
tries hard to keep me happy.
Resale value is hideous. Keep the
car for a long time and you'll beat this
It's too bad Ford didn't do better at
updating the Taurus.
The Ford Five Hundred's interior
room is about the same as the
Taurus. Check Ford's specifications.