2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0 Vulcan V6

Summary:

Great car

Faults:

Camshaft synchronizer squeaking. Supposed to have been covered by the warranty, but ending paying $250.00 to replace.

Other than that, no problems so far; just lots of creaks and groans.

Lots of scratches on gauge cluster and radio. Have no idea how they got there, and seem to mysteriously getting more without doing anything. More of an annoyance than a problem though.

Seats wear out quickly, especially in the rear.

General Comments:

Comfortable, but could use more power.

Good gas mileage for its size.

Have noticed the passenger has a lot less legroom than the driver.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th March, 2013

2003 Ford Taurus SE Standard

Summary:

Great value

Faults:

Transmission blew at 50,000, but I was driving way too fast and was being an idiot.

Rust in later years right above the rear wheel wells.

At 100,000 - the transmission burps out fluid.

Needed pads and rotors a lot on the brakes, but I often did these myself, and think that not cleaning the caliper slides caused the issue.

Hose tube assembly for heater core rusts; anticipate replacing this after 5 years.

General Comments:

I owned 2 of these one from 2003 to present, and another 2003 bought used in 2009 to 2012. Both were reliable.

Both had predicable maintenance issues, and if you are relatively mechanically inclined, are easy to fix.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2012

2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0L Vulcan V6

Summary:

Ford makes comfortable cars, but I would never buy one again without a bumper-to-bumper warranty

Faults:

The engine went out at 115,000 miles, and it is beyond repair.

General Comments:

Up until the engine damage, I was generally pleased with the way the car rode and handled. It is also very roomy, the seats are comfortable, and the steering feel is good.

I was becoming worried about the suspension. I live in the rust belt, and I have heard about the springs rusting out and cracking in these cars, and causing blowouts and accidents. That did not happen to my car, but I was starting to hear a lot of creaks and noises from the suspension this winter.

The engine went out on a day that was 4 below zero. Apparently the cooling system failed due to a clog or a leak. No warning lights lit up, but the engine started running rough. I drove it for five minutes to my destination. It wouldn't start after that. The repair shop said that the car overheated during that short trip, and that one of the back cylinders had low compression and was irreparable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th February, 2011

6th Mar 2013, 16:52

If you have a temperature gauge, there should be no reason to let your car overheat. If the temp is above normal, there is obviously something wrong, and you should stop driving it immediately.

11th Oct 2013, 16:31

When under freezing temperatures, a clog might happen somewhere far from the temperature sensor and cause the engine to run hot while the sensor still reads cool. It's probably poor quality/wrong cooling fluid.

2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0 V6

Summary:

I would buy another one!

Faults:

Driver side door latch sticks open in frigid weather. Other than that, I have had absolutely no problems with this car.

General Comments:

Great Value! Decent gas mileage, very good interior space, good power, very reliable!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th January, 2011

2003 Ford Taurus SEL Wagon 3.0 V24 Duratec

Summary:

Excellent allrounder

Faults:

Oxygen sensor went bad at 22k miles.

Needed new rear brake pads at 30k miles.

Transmission vent valve clogged; replaced at 50k miles.

New tires at 50k miles; replaced the Continentals with General - very happy with it.

General Comments:

I like the versatility of the wagon.

It drives nice and the fuel economy is not too bad - 20/26 mpg.

It does well in the snow due to traction control and ABS. The sound system (MACH...) is good. It fits our family of 4 (one car seat) + 2 dogs and luggage for a 3 day weekend without a problem.

The engine delivers plenty of power. I occasionally tow a utility trailer for things around the house without a problem.

I see used Tauruses in the car ads with high miles on them, that gives me hope!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd February, 2009

18th Jul 2011, 23:56

UPDATE: So far so good. I'm at 87k miles. Keeping up to date with the standard stuff i.e. oil changes every 5k miles, including filters. As far as the oil goes, I'm sticking to synthetic blend. Got new tires today - Continental Pro Contact ECO PLUS. The previous General Altimax HP's only lasted 41k miles. I have been pulling our 4x8 utility trailer every now and then without any issues. I'll keep posting updates as the miles go by...