2000 Ford Taurus SE
This would have been a great car except for the maintenance issues!
Everything was good until 70k miles. Then it all started.
I replaced the cam position synchronizer, which was chirping like a bird.
Replaced the idle air control valve, which was causing the car to cutoff at idle (tried cleaning, but that didn't fix it).
Replaced rear struts and springs due to sag. Replaced sway bar links, which were worn and making a rattling noise.
Replaced driver's side CV axle, which was making snapping and popping noise.
Replaced outer tie rod ends both sides due to excessive wear. After two front end alignments, the tires were still feathering and wearing on the inside with front end vibration. Finally drilled out the welds on top of the strut mount and adjusted the camber. Followed by my own toe adjustments (at 113K miles, front tires are finally wearing, even with no vibration).
Replaced coolant overflow tank, which had cracks on the bottom and was leaking.
Repaired leak in metal heater core line that goes to the water pump near the firewall.
Replaced water pump and thermostat.
Replaced belt tension pulley and arm, which was chirping and out of alignment.
Clearcoat started peeling off trunk and bumpers at 107K miles.
Replaced EGR valve gasket and vacuum sensor.
At 114k miles, noticed coolant leak with no visual signs. After some research and diagnostic testing, I found the head gasket was bad on cylinder #1, which caused an occasional misfire at start up. I replaced the head gasket, upper and lower intake gaskets, and performed a coolant system flush with particular attention to the heater core, which was partly clogged and wasn't providing good heat. This is all I can think of right now, but I'm sure there's more to come.
This car has a nice quiet ride.
The gas mileage is about 28 MPG on the highway.
The interior is durable and comfortable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th February, 2013