the car was bought used by my grandmother with just over 100 thousand miles, probably around 2002, I was skeptic because of mileage and the fact I've always owned gm's. my brother-in-law and myself keep up all the service and repair for the families vehicles, so when another ford came in the picture a sinking feeling was there. I checked in out first and everything worked, it was cleaned by the dealer that sold the car, and it had been taken care of. I found no apparent problems the same held true for brother-in-law, well that was around 16 years ago and 100 thousand miles ago. yes there were repairs made, the most intensive repair was the rack and pinion. that came about 4 or 5 years ago, the car remained reliable through the years even though ford had several models with wiring insulation break downs, but the taurus didn't have the wire insulation problems. all in all it's been a good reliable car, I could nitpick it to death but I could do that with most any vehicle, the main problem with ford's to me, (were) the problems involved with accessing the parts that needed repair or replacement. now they are all a nightmare, one of the features the makers make sure they include so the dealerships can make huge bills for labor, and an endless parts on hand, for the trail and error replacement. anyway back to the taurus, it made this far of course its only worth maybe $1000 on the books but I would not sell it for $2000. something may go south the next time the key gets turned but its held its own and should have probably been traded or sold 10 or 12 years ago. BUT suppose now drive it till the repair cost go over (scrap?) it's been a good car ford or not
I bought my Taurus for $100 with 185000. It needed new struts, y-pipe, and a muffler. I replaced the spark plugs, wires, and air filter it didn't need it i just decided to do it. In the end i payed $800 dollars for it and have been diving it for 2.5 years. A common flaw with these cars is the rocker panels rot but it has 203000 miles now and its been driven through New Hampshire winters for 14 years so rot is expected especially with these cars. The engine is noisy but the drivers seat is super comfy. The trunk and back seat has a lot of room. The interior is OK. The plastic on the dash is separating and its kind of cheap but for 800 bucks ill get over it. Love my Taurus.
She was a good first car, pretty safe and definitely didn't toot along, she could build up some speed. We had a lot of problems with her though, the air conditioning would go, we'd recharge it, and it would go again, the battery went, and numerous others. She also wasn't too great on gas and flew through it pretty quickly. We finally lost her when the oil tank was leaking and the engine over heated and blew. I miss her, but I won't get a Taurus again.
She had speed, a nice interior design, and was safe.
I had a person that had one of these and he was selling it to me. He let me test it out for a few weeks before buying it for 300 dollars. it had 124000 Miles on it. The car was amazing to say the least. The tires were aweful but it still drove down the road perfectly. The engine and transmission were 100% smooth running and it was FAST (IMO). So a week after I had it to test it, I decided to look underneath the car. I had a 7 inch wide OPEN hole in my drivers side floor pan. Both rocker panels were non existent. AND, the sub frame had 4 holes in it. I decided to give it back to the person.
I bought this 1999 Taurus sedan about 5 years/42k miles ago. It has been OK, not particularly good or bad, except when it left me stranded at 1:30AM on a remote highway.
I had had the accelerator cable replaced TWICE due to a broken plastic fitting which attaches it to the arm of the accelerator pedal. Luckily I had a knife and a piece of plastic in the trunk of the car, and in fifteen minutes I designed and carved a replacement fitting. The hardest part of this fix was lying with the door sill in my back trying to install this in the dark, by feel.
It's a shame the design and test engineers couldn't have done their jobs in the first place. This part broke three times; why no recall?
Recall the accelerator cable, and replace it with one that has a fitting for the pedal which doesn't break.