1997 Ford Taurus Consumer Review: Good car for the price

1997 Ford Taurus - Consumer Review

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GL Wagon (3.0L V6 4-speed Automatic)

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Good car for the price
By Jim on


1997 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Wagon


I bought this car in 2003 with 93K miles on it. The trans was rebuilt at 81k miles (OD went out, trans was never flushed at 30K increments). Now I have 151K on the car and the engine and trans are running great. A must have, is the 3.0 DOHC engine. The bad points are that it eats up front rotors. I change them every 6-8 months. Also, ball joints and front brgs had to be replaced, along with various emissions sensors and engine hoses. Normal stuff, when over 100K? I do most of the repairs myself. If I had to take it to a dealer for repairs, I'd be broke! Dealer parts and labor costs are expensive! But, for the price of the car and the great gas mileage, 26 mpg average, you can't beat it.

Best Features

Sporty look and feel, for a wagon? Great gas mileage, 26-30 mpg. lots of room for the family.

Worst Features

Front brake rotors. (Rear brake rotors are too small, causing front brakes to work harder) Better interior quality and hardware. (Plastics come apart)
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