1997 Ford Taurus GL 3.0 from North America


A good family wagon


My Cam sensor switch went shortly after purchase.

The main computer malfunctioned shortly after purchase.

The passenger side window stopped functioning shortly after purchase.

The design of the station-wagon hatch is poor for loading cargo, such as a 4x8 sheet of plywood.

This car eats brakes, rotors and pads.

The belt tensioner and the carrier bearings seized and burned off the serpentine belt.

The safety belt system sticks in all seating areas, but the drivers, they must be fed back all the way to be able to pull them out to connect.

General Comments:

This car is very handy, seats a lot of passengers.

This car is great on fuel.

It is very versatile.

Not very powerful though with standard 3.0 liter engine.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th July, 2003

1997 Ford Taurus G 3.0L from North America


Taurus - Reliable and Affordable


I have had 4 major problems with the vehicle.

The first occurred at about 45,000 miles when the dashboard cover partially separated from the instrument cluster top trim. This left a gap of about 1/2 inch between the two. This is not visible from outside the car, but is clearly visible when you are inside. Unfortunately I didn't buy the extended warranty. After pricing a new dash and looking at the installation I just decided to live with it. I believe this failure was due to extreme heat buildup in the car (black paint) during the Louisiana summers.

The second was at approximately 70,000 miles when the coolant overflow tank developed a crack on the bottom of the tank. The new tank cost me $30 and took me about 1 hr to replace.

The third problem was at approximately 80,000 miles. The windshield wiper motor started making a bad grinding noise when the wipers were running. I disassembled the wiper assemble and got a new motor for about $115. Total time to repair was about 3 hours.

The latest problem is that the driver's side rear window will no longer go down. The window motor doesn't seem to be running, so I guess it's an electrical problem going to the motor or the motor itself has failed. I have not had a chance to delve into this as I rarely put the rear windows down.

General Comments:

Firstly, several things I like about the car.

One, I still like the styling. The look is good and the interior layout is roomy with well placed controls.

Secondly, the 3.0L puts out decent power for a vehicle of this size. Acceleration is steady across across a wide range of engine speeds.

Lastly the ride is very comfortable. The cloth interior has held up well and is easily cleaned with typical car care carpet cleaners (which I also use on the cloth seats with good effect).

The primary down side of the car is that for best gas mileage I have to use mid-grade unleaded. With regular I lose 3-5 miles per gallon. On the other hand, premium only adds 1-2 miles per gallon over mid-grade. So I go with the mid-grade and I credit that partially in keeping the engine running well.

The one thing I have observed talking to Taurus owners is that the difference between happy Taurus owners and sad ones is maintenance. The ones who are most aware of the basic maintenance needs (oil change, belts, lube, plugs) seem to be the happy ones. This doesn't mean go to the dealer for every service need, but definitely don't put off the basics.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2003

26th Jul 2004, 09:31

You have posted a great review on a 1997 Ford Taurus. I have just purchased one of these cars with a V6 Show engine, fully loaded. It drives like a dream... I would recomend a Taurus to anyone.

28th Sep 2004, 14:44

Very good comments on the Taurus. I have owned mine for just over one year. I have had a few problems a lot of people share (cam shaft positioning censor, dome lights stay on) After I fixed the problems, nothing else had gone wrong. People should learn how to properly maintain their vehicles.

23rd Oct 2006, 10:27

Great comments, I purchased mine in Dec 2005. It has now done only 103,000Klms.

I love the styling and the look is still something out of the future. Well the old fuel prices here were starting to climb and I decided to put it on LP Gas. Cost a small fortune and had to move the battery into the boot and rewire the main wiring.

But now I have the luxury of the Taurus, the comfort and the economy to match. I have not really noticed a drop in performance, but have noticed the running costs. It used to cost $85 to fill up on unleaded in June 2006 and now costs $27.00 for 460 Klms.

Do I like my Taurus? You bet!!!

Happy Taurus owner Down Under.

1st May 2007, 11:27

I bought mine new in January of 1998 and now have 183,000 miles on it. I've replaced an idler pulley, tubing on the windshield washer and today am having the brake rotors replaced. My goal is to get another 30 to 50 thousand miles out of the car. It's been a wonderfully reliable means of transportation and my daughter will drive it next year. She definitely doesn't want the car saying that it's not sexy. I've had so much fun teasing her about driving it as I feel a teenager doesn't need a sexy car. The Taurus is the least stolen car in North America and that's just fine with me.

Albany, Georgia.