1996 Ford Taurus Reviews - Page 14 of 20

1996 Ford Taurus GL 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired64303 miles
Most recent distance69705 miles
Previous carFord Crown Victoria

Summary:

Great first car

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with the car since I owned it in February. When I bought it the car needed a inner tie rod end, and a alignment.

General Comments:

I love it. VERY dependable, really comfortable. It is the best car I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th June, 2003

1996 Ford Taurus GL from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired76000 miles
Most recent distance77700 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

A nice car to drive, but aggravating otherwise

Faults:

My check engine light is constantly on. I've had it put through on the computer multiple times and nothing comes up, but its presence is still aggravating.

There are 4 oxygen sensors that need replacing every so often, but the check engine light still doesn't go off.

The radio setup is nice, yet very inconvenient to replace with a new plate for a CD player.

The car is noisy under the hood.

Somehow the inside of my doors have separated from the metal part of the door.

General Comments:

On the outside, this is a very nice car.

However, the check engine light being on is very aggravating and often embarrassing when friends are in the car.

The car handles well and drives very nicely at all speeds.

Spacious trunk.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 29th April, 2003

19th Oct 2005, 15:15

How did you fix your doors same thing wrong with my 96.

28th Nov 2006, 09:12

Go to the Auto store or Ford dealership and purchase door clips. It will cost you about $5 a door and take you 5-30 minutes to replace. Take the screw out of the armrest/spot for your hand to close the door. then pull the door panel off and replace all of the clips. push the panel back on and reinstall the screw. The dealership also has new screw in tabs that can be installed.

Oxygen sensors from ANY manufacture (Bosche, Nippo, NGK, ect) on any car are designed to last 50k. Purchase OEM oxygen sensors and you will get another 100-140k miles out of them.

Noisy engine is probably the belt tensioner going bad.

1996 Ford Taurus GL from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired104283 miles
Most recent distance146458 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

A dream come true car for anyone who wants reliability and comfort

Faults:

We put a new starter on the car 6 months after purchasing it, which I consider to be basic yearly maintenance.

The idler pulley froze up and unscrewed out of the engine, which was easy and economical to replace.

General Comments:

This car has been a dream come true for me. It is very reliable and cost effective to own and operate.

It drives like a brand new car for being the year that it is.

The car has been very low maintenance for me. Besides oil changes and tune ups, not much has gone wrong with the car at all.

The interior is large and roomy. The seats are very comfortable to me, plus the automatic driver's seat allows me to change the seat to fit me perfectly. The driver's seat will go back far enough for me to drive comfortably for my height, 6'2".

I have put over 40,000 miles on it in just over a year and the car has not given me any major headaches.

Everything that was equipped on the car when I purchased it as a used car is still working.

My first car was a Ford Escort. My second car was a Ford Taurus GL. My third car was a Ford Taurus GL. And my next car will once again be a Ford Taurus!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2003

1996 Ford Taurus GL 3.0L from North America

Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0L Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired134500 miles
Most recent distance140700 miles
Previous carOldsmobile Delta 88

Summary:

A great college car

Faults:

My check engine light always stays on. I have had it checked out, but I was told that it was just a faulty sensor. I was told that this was common on the 96 Taurus, but that it was not something to worry about as long as I checked my fluid levels regularly.

The trunk leaks, so I can't leave anything in there unless I have it wrapped up. Otherwise it will get damaged.

The car shakes when I get up to speeds of 70 mph or more. I have also gotten this checked and was told that it has nothing to do with the alignment or my tires.

General Comments:

The cup holder/cassette storage that folds out of the middle of the front seat is inconvenient. When I want to plug my cell phone into the cigarette lighter, I have to fold it back down, leaving me nowhere to put a drink.

The car handles very well. The ride is smooth and you can hardly hear the engine.

The turning radius is very wide, however.

The radio is of average quality for this type of car and is easy to program, but it is a very inconvenient shape when it comes to installing a CD player. I had to buy a special installation kit that cost me almost $50 in order to make it compatible with most car audio components that are out there.

The heating and cooling system is great, but it takes awhile for the car to heat up/cool down.

The heated side mirrors are nice.

It has a great feature which prevents you from locking your keys in the car. I have almost done this on several occasions, and the car will automatically unlock if the keys are in the ignition when you hit the lock button.

Overall, this has been a great car. I'm a college student, and it has been very reliable both in town and on the highway. I haven't had any major problems with it; only a few minor things that would be expected on a high-mileage car. It looks nice and gets decent gas mileage. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a great-looking, dependable car at an affordable price.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th February, 2003

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