1997 Ford Taurus Consumer Review: Why not to buy a 97 Taurus

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Why not to buy a 97 Taurus
By UnhappyFord on


1997 Ford Taurus GL 4dr Sedan


Short and sweet: 5 starters, 2
transmissions,HORRIBLE DIM headlights,
electrical problems galore, high
depreciation,air bags deployed during a
7mph fender bender. Total cost to a
2001 Audi = $30 touch up paint, to my
taurus $3700!! (shattered windshield,
and deployment caused other dash
problems [horn electrical- wouldn't
turn off], plus the bags needed
replacement),low torque when needed,
inadequate tuned RPM sensor, ousy
factory warranty, only 36k tells me I
bought crap when the factory won't even
stand behind it, so much for listening
to a friend.If you planning on driving
that ford, consider something else

Best Features

Short and Sweet - Roomy for tall people - Acceptable milage - Starts in cold weather (as long as the starters hold out), but I could change one in under 20 min. - comfy seats for long drives - quiet interior, good noise seals - decent handling at highway speeds

Worst Features

Value, value, value. Warranty. Improve "rumored" problems such as electrical and tranny. I think they have corrected the headlight problem, their next years selling was "now with brighter headlights".
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