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A Winner
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By JLS
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2004 Ford Taurus SES 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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This SES has the Duretc 24 Valve and on the highway at 2000 RPM consistently delivers 32 MPG - in town it fluctuates from 25-27 MPG. Leather seats comfotable, even for my 6'5: frame. At 2000 miles the check engine limit came on and the dealer replaced the entire gas tank and gage system. No problems since. At 61,000 miles the trnasaxle seal leaked and the dealer replaced it no charge. 1st Saturday of every month gets oil changed, tires rotated etc. Very good vehicle.


Worst Features

Would have loved to see this size SES with the Duretec 3.5L,


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Been about a year now
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By Mike J
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2004 Ford Taurus SES 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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I bought my Taurus about a year now and have been very happy with it. I have not taken any trips and do all in town driving averaging about 20 mpg. The ride is comfortable and inside and trunk are roomy. Since I bought this car at a used car dealer, the prices have actually gone up about $1,000 asking. Not bad for what some call a throw-away car.


Best Features

Easy controls well placed, comfort, gas mileage and room.


Worst Features

It is a bit underpowered off the line but since it isn't intended to be a sports car, it works.


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Troubled Taurus
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By Big_Guy_Green
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2004 Ford Taurus SE 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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The week after my girlfriend bought this car with 43000mi on it, she took it on a trip from central MN to Colorado. They encountered problems the entire way! It stalled 3 times in the mountains, twice needing to be jumped, and once more when they got back in MN. 5 trips to the dealer and 3 batteries later, we thought it was fixed. Now whenever the temp gets above 65 it will sputter at idle and accelerate like tortuise for the first 150 feet. Also, we started learning why this car is called "disposable" when parts started falling off and breaking in the interior. Not to mention the annoying heat shield rattle and fuel cap sensor! At least it gets 28mpg avg. We'll get a Malibu next time.


Best Features

Simple, no nonsense controls for everything. Took about 5 minutes to learn where everything was for radio, cruise control, lights, etc.


Worst Features

Bring back the tried and true inline 6- cylinder! I'll never give mine up! P.S. to Ford, I said 'tried and true', not 'well maybe we'll change this instead', Ford part interchangability stinks


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Drive it until it dies
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By Scottj04
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2004 Ford Taurus SES 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Love this car. Economical, roomy and wonderful highway feel. Bought it in 2006 with 18K miles and have had little problems. Mostly highway driving (60 mile rural commute) I average 390 - 420 miles on a tank. Twice got 455 miles with still 18 Miles to E! The duratec engine is a fuel-sipping work horse. Highway performance is adequate, and even with four people and luggage (that all fit comfortably), the car still gets wonderful gas mileage! City mileage has gotten horrid. 1 week of it showed about 250 miles to a tank. and transmission seems to be slipping slighty at only 57K. A/C also robs engine performance. Staying with regular maintanence, this car will last forever!


Best Features

Display for miles to empty and MPG. 6 disc changer. Gas mileage. Plenty of room. Can fit my two brothers and father in there and I'm the shortest at 6'1


Worst Features

Wish I had the folding rear seats. Better stereo... four speakers a little inadequate. A/C drain on the engine. Auto headlamps would be wonderful


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Just Right
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By Iceobar
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2004 Ford Taurus SES 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 4A)


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Ford finally had it together for me. Just the right size and accruments. Comfort and style for 4. Utility to carry 6 in a pinch. And when we added a K & N air filter, synthetic oil and tires at 37 psi, 37 mpg on the highway loaded with 4 and full bags. Too bad they let it slip away.


Best Features

Room, ergonomcs, leather 6 seat setup is perfect for 4 with center armrests for all. Sunroof also allows running with no AC in relatively warm conditions, helping the gas mileage. Roomy trunk and 60/40 incresases the versatility. Good sound system.


Worst Features

Even better fuel efficiency. Had our 1st Taurus in '88, no increase gas milage in 20+ years. Engineers, or Ford, went into hibernation after '86. Need higher quality AC units and rads, though this '04 has yet to give any problems. Both our '88 and '95 models had to have them replaced.


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