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Plastic cracks!!
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By CarJunkie
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1996 Ford Taurus Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


Review

I live in North Dakota and ford put
plastic radiators in this car, (when
plastic freezes, it cracks if it gets
too warm too fast). Also, the head
and head gasket are a common complaint
about this car when it comes to things
going out. It is a beautiful car
though, and when there isn't something
that needs to be fixed it rides nice,
and is top of my list for comfort!!


Best Features

Comfort


Worst Features

Put something other than plastic in as a radiator, and recall those that have them


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Bad Dealership Service at Manahan Ford
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By JFC8812
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1996 Ford Taurus Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


Review

It is a good car and realiable. But the
dealship service is really bad. I
bought the $1000 premium service
package which was good until I took the
car to Monahan Ford in Flushing, Queens
NY. They charged me close to $200 for
no reason (it should be covered by
premium care like they did in Greenwich
CT); when I wanted my car back they
lied and said they had took the car
apart. I complained to Ford service and
received responses but the issued was
never resolved.


Best Features

Reliable car, good for winder driving.


Worst Features

Need a better dealership. The service at a few dealership puts me off to buy from Ford again.


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96 Taurus -- Stylish Winner
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By Ford Fairlane
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Vehicle

1996 Ford Taurus Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


Review

Overall design and build quality
strong. OEM tires lasted 60,000 miles
with regular rotation -- replaced with
Yokohamas (OEM alloy wheels) -- the
Yokohamas improve handling, braking
markedly.

Very few problems outside of routine
maintenance. Fuel pump expired at
58,000 miles. Best car I've ever
owned. May purchase an '04 since (a)
the new Five Hundred/Montego may not
fit in the garage and (b) the new
small, mid-size car (Mazda 6 stretch)
may be significantly smaller.

Occasionally, must use mid-grade gas
during Summer to prevent knocking on
ethanol-enhanced gas.


Best Features

Oval dash, styling, radio controls, rear seat fold-down, heated mirrors, handling, road quiet. A very "high content" car for the money.


Worst Features

The only improvement -- I wish this car had the Duratec 24V engine rather than the 12V Vulcan (although the late model Vulcan's I've rented seem to have more power and improved performance compared to the '96s).


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17 Year Old's opinion
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By ckyo5
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1996 Ford Taurus Sedan GL 4dr Sedan


Review

This car is always fun to drive and
handles quite well on turns for being a
sedan. Its comfortable on long road
trips and gets good gas mileage on the
highway. It's had it's fair share of
engine problems, but they didn't cost
TOO much to fix. All In all, this is a
very decent car for the price tag.


Best Features

Lock or Unlock the Door, all doors lock or unlock. Radio turns volume down everytime you start the car.


Worst Features

Windows go down futher in the back.


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One of the best cars I have ever had
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By Paul - MA
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Vehicle

1996 Ford Taurus Sedan LX 4dr Sedan


Review

If you are looking for a used car - at
least from my experience, this is the
one! Interior space, trunk room,
powerful engine (V6 -200 HP), crash
test safety rating, features (auto
headlamps, keypad entry) - it has it
all. I have the JBL audio system, and
I would love to remove it from the car
and take it with me. 0 - 66,000 miles
and never spent a dime on repairs.


Best Features

Climate control, keypad entry - go anywhere and leave the keys in the car! Huge trunk, back seat room - love the stereo, doors lock at 15 mph, etc.


Worst Features

Exterior sheet metal is a little fragile and prone to dings. Other than that, I wouldn't change a thing. It is a shame that the body style has been around for a while, or I would trade it in and get another. Totally under- rated car.


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