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By Jeroen Walstra
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1997 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Wagon


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The car cost me $3070 in repairs over 5 years. We had very few problems and provided ample space for a family of 5. Even friends can be taken along as a result of the folding seat in the back.


Best Features

Seat in back.


Worst Features

The looks aren't great and the ride could be 'stiffer.'


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Reliable and inexpensive
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By David
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1997 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Wagon


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Ours was in good condition when purchased at 86,000 miles, requiring only fluids and filters. In the 40,000 miles since then there has been one problem (camshaft position sensor - car was still drivable), and everything else was wear and tear related. A few annoyances - wind noise on passenger side, rusty A pillar on driver side, some misaligned interior trim pieces - but overall it's very likable - it has a "Millennium Falcon" appeal with the swoopy styling and all the junk you can carry inside. Transmission seems a little delicate (overheated the fluid while driving to Big Bear from LA and needed it flushed). Wouldn't buy one new because of depreciation, but it's a great used-car buy.


Best Features

Very roomy, inexpensive to maintain, 24 mpg average over the past 40,000 miles, precise handling and strong 4-wheel disc brakes. Great A/C, comfortable front seats. Stereo is pretty good as well. In a sea of SUVs it seems to have a contrarian character. (A Taurus with character?!).


Worst Features

Back seat is large but somehow uncomfortable. Rear headrests for safety. Vulcan V6 makes low tech sounds and little power, though smooth around town and OK on the highway once up to speed. (Would have preferred the 24V Duratech.) Transmission clunky at times. Plastic headlights yellow with age.


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major headaches
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By bigstan
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1997 Ford Taurus G 4dr Sedan


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The Taurus is definitely made to be a throw away car. The car had a rebuilt transmission when I bought it and I had to replace the tranny again at 102,000 miles. Now at 140,000, it is slipping again. The oil pan is now leaking as well and the a/c just went out, Had to replace speed sensor as well, cost $500 bucks. It rides rough, is loud, and uses brakes up very fast. I take great care of my cars and wonder how much trouble I would have had if I didn't. I am now giving up on Fords.


Best Features

Roomy inside and roomy trunk as well, controls easy to get to.


Worst Features

Different transmission, make it less noisy to drive and smoother to drive ... actually, just go back to the drawing board.


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A sorry gift
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By Pops
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1997 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan


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Because they depreciate so fast, especially with high mileage, I was able to buy this Taurus very cheaply. It is rated well in safety so I gave it as gift to my son. Excellent car with few problems until the tranny went at 120,000. I should not have replaced it. Since then it has been ball joints, struts, oil pan and gaskets and major brake work. Now at 150,000 it needs another tranny, serpentine belt pulley, exhaust, and wheel bearings. The Taurus is probably a good buy with low mileage, but sell it before it gets much over the 100,000 mark. Long term buyers should go with foreign makes.


Best Features

Economical and reliable until it gets real mileage.


Worst Features

Transmission, transmission, transmission.


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Spacious, inexpensive, and smooth
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By HT
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1997 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Wagon


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This is a great used wagon for the money if you can find one that has been used gently, i.e., was maintained on conservative intervals. There's easily enough room for 5 people, and the cargo space is truly enormous. The base Vulcan engine (145 hp) lacks power but is quiet and smooth. The upside of the car's tremendous weight is its stability and, while no one wants to go head to head with an SUV, this biggie wagon feels solid. I've been quite happy.


Best Features

Space! Low-to-the-ground, so drives like a car instead of a mushy SUV. Engine is quiet, interior noise is low. Gains tremendous speed going downhill (probably because it's shaped like a torpedo and is the same weight as one).


Worst Features

Sturdier brakes, sturdier transmission, make certain basic maintenance items (replacing blinker bulbs, cabin air filter, etc.) easier to access. Remove open door sensors from actual latch (they get gummed up--WD40 fixes it).


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