If you don't want to waste your money, don't buy a Taurus!
Well, Where do I start... We bought this car 2 years ago this august for $3500, it had 203,000kms on it when we bought, and now has about 265,000. The paint is in OK shape, but the car has started to rust. Neither of the back power windows ever worked, the air conditioning doesn't work, the passenger side window switch doesn't work so the windows can only be opened from the driver's side, the back wiper was broken when we got it, transmission doesn't shift quickly enough when accelerating, and clunks when shifting into drive. the windshield has a large crack in it. We've gone through 3 water pumps, 2 hoses, 2 mufflers, 5 tie rod ends, and the wipers freeze when you turn them onto the fastest position.
I am a person who enjoys a car that accelerates quickly, this Taurus, despite its huge 3.8 liter V6, it's slow. I put it right to the floor when I pull out of places and still it doesn't go that quick, although it does sound like it's about to blow up, as the transmission doesn't shift as quickly as it should. This car has been well taken care of by me. I wash it twice a week, and wax it 6 or 7 times a year. Even on the smoothest road this car has loud plastic rattling sounds, the door panels seem to have loose things jiggling around inside them and the plastic molding around the top of the rear hatch where the speakers are sounds like it's about to fall off. If you are driving along the road and put the gas down even just a little bit, the car violently shifts into overdrive making the engine put out a loud roar. I will never buy another ford again.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 2nd April, 2003