1996 Ford Taurus Reviews - Page 10 of 20

1996 Ford Taurus LX 3.0 from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance98000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

Great other than what is mentioned

Faults:

This vehicle was diagnosed to have a Broken retaining clip on forward Clutch Spring that may have to do with the overdrive not working, I really don't know exactly what this means. The OD lights blinks after I go over 50mph otherwise it does not. Now when I turn on the speed control the mileage indicator goes down to zero and the Odometer does not work. All of this does not affect the performance of the car, other than the power steering gets slightly hard when the Speed Control switch is turned on.

General Comments:

Can someone inform me and answer any of the above questions?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th October, 2005

1996 Ford Taurus LX 3.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance142000 miles
Previous carBuick Park Avenue

Summary:

This is a very reliable, comfortable family car

Faults:

The front end makes clunking noises. It squeaks and rattles when you make turns. Sounds like the frame is coming a part. The fuses for the lights blew out, but come back on after a while. Smell burning rubber sometimes. The check engine soon light has been on for over a year. I've had it fixed several times, but comes back on after a few miles. The key less entry sometimes doesn't work with the key alarm.

General Comments:

Overall the car has been reliable. It only quit on me one twice. Once I needed a new battery the second time needed a new fuel tank. The fuel tank was the most costly expensive so far. Had to replace the lower ball joints and ball bearings once. I bought the car 3 years ago and it has lasted well over the winter. Never overheating in the summer and never needed a jump in the winter.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th June, 2005

1996 Ford Taurus GL 3.0 V6 24v DOHC from North America

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 24v DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired97000 miles
Most recent distance156000 miles
Previous carFord Cougar

Summary:

Taurus... Sleek, Powerful, Reliable

Faults:

The only things that I have had go wrong with this car is just the standard maintenance. The dealership replaced the transmission and battery upon purchase. I had to replace the tires, brakes, and the rotors about a month after I bought the car.

General Comments:

I also drive a 2005 Ford Taurus and I can't tell the difference between the two. I love the Taurus and am dissipionted that 2006 will be the last model year. This car will last for years to come. With regular maintenance and a little TLC, like anything, this will be a treasure to pass on for years to come. The only thing that I would change about this car would be the expensive PATS (Passive Anti Theft System) keys. This is the chip key from Ford. These are expensive to replace if you ever lose one...

All in all, the Taurus is an awesome vehicle.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 25th April, 2005

1996 Ford Taurus GL 3.0 V6 Vulcan from Mexico

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Vulcan Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired127000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

Nice, affordable, roomy and tough. Very, Very happy with it

Faults:

The main problem with this car is the transmission, at about 138000 miles it started to shift on it's own to neutral. If you're at a stop light for more than 30 seconds it neutralizes and it does this mostly on warm days. Some times it does not do it at all. You have to set it in neutral and then back to (D) to drive off. The car is still like this since then, I have not cared to fix or change the transmission yet because other than that little detail everything works just fine, it shifts perfect and drives great.

The engine is great. Even though it has so many miles, it runs like new. It idles very smooth and you can hardly feel the engine on while you're in the driver's seat. It is not very fast, but I found that it does have a nice roaring and groaning sound to it. I added a cold air intake and it made a difference.

Basic maintenance has always been done by me even though not exactly on time like the 3000 mile oil change done at 3500 miles, and small things like that.

I replaced the alternator at about 135000 miles and also the serpentine belt and tensioner.

The suspension is not all that great. Some times you can feel and the little cracks on the road, but it is sturdy. I think I'm going to try getting new shocks for it soon.

The inner tie rods have to be replaced soon. Some times you can here a popping or crackle sound from the front suspension. I lifted it from the front and started to move the tires from side to side and found out that the tie inner tie rods are messed up.

The alignment on this car is great.

I have put this car through hell and back and it still has lots of life in it.

The brakes do tend to wear sooner than expected, but it might be because of the way I drive. I've already changed all 4 2 times in the time that I have had it. Although I have not had to change the rotors.

Some times you have to crank the engine 2 or 3 times to get it to start nut some times it starts at the first crank. I don't know why that is, it has been like this since I got it.

All the work has been done by me so I do tend to save a few bucks by not taking it to the shop. I like to keep my cars clean and reliable.

General Comments:

The car is nice and roomy. Lots of trunk space.

The car handles great. It's not meant to be a fast sports car, but it some times surprises me.

I would recommend this car to any one, but mention the fact that it does require good maintenance. I don't think this car will give up on me any time soon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2005

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 63 reviews