1997 Ford Taurus Reviews - Page 10 of 24

1997 Ford Taurus GL from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 2 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance82000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Trash on Wheels

Faults:

The Cd player faild the third week I had it. The ac faild after a year old. The Transmission died after a year old. I don't like the way it drives.

General Comments:

I traded it for a 2005 Toyota Camry.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th July, 2005

1997 Ford Taurus GS 3.0 OHV from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 OHV Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.6 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance79000 miles
Previous carSAAB 9000

Summary:

Junk, terrible car

Faults:

Strange electrical gremlins, wheel bearings, inner tie rod ends, motor mounts, power window motor wiring, steering column (cheap pot metal broke, key would not activate ignition switch), very expensive stereo/a.c. control unit. Transmission was getting very rough from R to Drive when we ditched it.

General Comments:

Good riddance to bad rubbish. Everyone I've talked to that has owned one for a substantial amount of time says the same after they put a trans. and lots of other parts into theirs, then sell them. Book value drops like a heavy rock in a deep pond.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 3rd April, 2005

1997 Ford Taurus GL V 6 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission V 6 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired20000 miles
Most recent distance93000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

This is a decent car, however start looking for a new car at about 85 k

Faults:

Knobs for heat and air conditioning fell out. dash board begins to come apart. transmission problems. spark plug problems. factory weld came undone. this is everything I could think of in the past few years I've owned the car there has been more.

General Comments:

Though the car has had constant problems it is a comfortable car and if it was made to last I would buy another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th March, 2005

16th Mar 2005, 17:54

Try a crown victoria, those are built to last.

1997 Ford Taurus GL V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired79000 miles
Most recent distance91000 miles
Previous carFord Econoline

Summary:

I wish it would have lasted longer

Faults:

Rusty water in the coolant reservoir when I bought the car at 79000 miles.

Lots of road noise.

Transmission quit working in 1st and reverse gears at 91000 thousand miles.

There's a bad water leak in the trunk.

General Comments:

When I bought the Taurus in June of 1992, I noticed the rusty color in and around the coolant reservoir. I had checked a lot of car web sites, and the Taurus got good marks, so I thought no big deal, I'll get the radiator flushed. But, when I took it to the Ford dealer, they checked the water with a litmus paper, and said when they get the reading they got, Ford recommends having a "heater bypass hose" installed. Also recommended to be replaced at the same time for the same reason, was the water pump and freeze plugs.

Because it would have cost more than 1000.00, I said just flush it, and I'll take care of the heater bypass hose. Turns out it was way too involved for me to tackle. I did some more checking on the web, and found a lot more on the problem of rust in the block. I know that Ford started installing them at the factory by 1999.

If you're thinking of buying a 1998 or older, make sure the heater bypass hose has been installed. The car did fine without it till the transmission quit working in first and reverse at 91000 miles. I've talked to four mechanics, including the Ford dealership, and they all agree that the trans axle probably needed replaced.

On a lighter note, the mileage was great, 30 miles a gallon on the highway at 70.

There's quite a bit of road noise in the cab, but it's fairly comfortable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th January, 2005

1997 Ford Taurus GL 3.0 from North America

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired130000 miles
Most recent distance139000 miles
Previous carHonda Accord

Summary:

Not worth the money

Faults:

I bought this car at auction for a good price and it ran superb for several months. I regret the purchase now because it is one problem after another. It's too bad though, it would have been a nice ride if Ford could pull their stuff together.

Clunk from front end when turning at slow speeds.

"Door Ajar" light intermittently comes on and stays on.

Transmission clunks from 1st to 2nd.

Just start leaking transmission fluid.

Windshield fogs up when car is started.

Knocks and pings under a load.

Windshield leaks around seal.

General Comments:

I really like the legroom. I am 6'1"

Plenty of passing power as well as off the line.

Stock stereo is decent.

Quiet ride at high speeds.

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

Review Date: 11th December, 2004

Average review marks: 6.7 / 10, based on 87 reviews