1996 Ford Taurus Consumer Review: Solid Piece of Metal

1996 Ford Taurus - Consumer Review

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LX Sedan (3.0L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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Solid Piece of Metal
By bmoreravens on


1996 Ford Taurus LX 4dr Sedan


I purchased this in 2013 with only 46,000 miles on it for only $2,000. Needed $500 worth of work to pass inspection, which had to do with the front stabilizing rods. This car is extremely reliable, although at times the transmission slams when going from park to reverse because of its high idle function. Had to put another $200 in a few months after purchase to repair ruptured brake line. Starts right up and has a really great hum to it. I get better gas mileage than its rated for, about 22mpg combined compared to the 18 or so its rated for, but I drive gently.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, with only a little over 70k miles on it, the Engine started to make a weird knocking or tapping noise sporadically when the engine was under load and at lower RPMs although it still ran fine. I could definitely tell something was starting to go wrong, not to mention a bunch of check engine codes. I took it to a bunch of engine mechanics and they all said by the time they could tell me what was wrong, I might as well just get another engine and with the age of the car there was no way I was doing that. Put it on Craigslist and somebody purchased it locally -- they were willing to take their chances on the repair costs given a very reasonable price. All in all, happy with this car but wish I would have gotten a few more years out of it.

Best Features

  • Outward visibility
  • Rain snow traction
  • Climate control

Worst Features

  • Active safety
  • Parking aids
  • Entertainment
  • Usb ports
  • Bluetooth
  • Navigation

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