1997 Ford Taurus Reviews - Page 16 of 24

1997 Ford Taurus GL 3.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.8 / 10
Distance when acquired50000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carToyota Pickup

Summary:

Moneypit on wheels! Don't do it, don't buy it!

Faults:

All engine mounts needed replacing shortly after purchase.

Electrical system problems: Floor lights stay on after the doors are closed because the car thinks that there is a door ajar for some reason.

Camshaft position sensor had to be replaced.

Transmission has been replaced twice. I was smart enough to buy a warranty, and good thing, the transmission needs replacing again!

Oxygen sensor was replacing.

Cradle mount needed replacing shortly after car's purchase.

Rack and pinion and power steering pump broke at about 100,000 miles.

Water pump went at 140,000 miles.

Pulley seized on the car, and caused the serpentine belt to be thrown overheating my coolant reservoir and blowing the top off it.

General Comments:

I have more repairs that need to be made. The only reason that the above repairs were performed is that we still owe quite a bit of money on the car. We try not to drive it unless we have to, this would be my advice if you have accidentally purchased a 1997 Ford Taurus. Either sell it quickly or buy another car to drive in it's place, because chances are more likely than not that you will shortly have to perform some fairly major repairs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 18th June, 2003

13th Aug 2003, 11:59

After reading your review, I think you must be my twin! I have had all those parts go on my 1997 Ford Taurus Wagon. It has now done 144,000 miles. We are on our fourth transmission, second fuel pump and I cannot recall how many serpentine belts we have had to replace due to pulley failures. Although by far the best experience to date was when the front wheel fell off due to a seized wheel bearing. Luckily I was only going 30 mph at the time. The car has had all scheduled maintenance performed. These cars are absolute junk we warn anyone and everyone any chance we get;stay away from a Taurus.

1997 Ford Taurus GL 3.0 Liter V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 Liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired67000 miles
Most recent distance114000 miles
Previous carMazda 626

Summary:

Loaded with features and cheap

Faults:

Air Conditioner

Some Belt (don't remember which one)

General Comments:

It is probably the best car you can get with so much features and at such a low price.

I love this car. It has been a very reliable car.

Who says American cars are bad?

The only bad thing about this car (and probably a lots of other American cars) is that it depreciates real fast. That makes it good for the buyer. But then buyer has to be a seller one day!

Better than most of the Japanese cars with this age and this much mileage.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2003

1997 Ford Taurus GL from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired4900000 miles
Most recent distance8700000 miles
Previous carSaturn SC

Summary:

Good runner car

Faults:

The transmission sensor switch went bad which cost approximatly $200.00 from a private garage to fix.

The doors rattle... I still can't find why or were this is coming from.

The door ajar light comes on every once in awhile. I found out spraying WD-40 in the door locks as stopped this almost completely now.

The rotors have been bad causing the wheel to shake when stopping. I just got a brake job with new rotors and it only lasted about 3000 miles and it's back again.

The car was overheating and found out it was the reservoir tank that had a tiny leak in it. Now it's fine. I got a new battery which I tried first, but didn't help.

General Comments:

I really needed this car to haul stuff which it has done a wonderful job doing. I also like the ride which is very comfortable. getting in and out is a breeze. If you are looking for something quick this is not it. but overall a good car so far...

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th May, 2003

11th May 2003, 15:24

Couldn't you have at least tried to guess the mileage? Or at least given us a ballpark figure?

1997 Ford Taurus GL 3.0 liter V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 3.0 liter V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired164000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

A great economical family Car

Faults:

Carpet on the driver's side has a very noticeable rip in it.

The lever that opens the hood was missing. I got another one at the salvage yard.

I had to replace the battery as soon as I got the car.

Minor problem with the windshield wipers. This was not costly to repair.

General Comments:

The car looks good and drives great. My husband even enjoys driving it and he's very big on performance. It is very stylish.

I feel safe in the car. The air bags and anti-lock brakes are very nice to have.

The power steering is unusually noisy, but we can't find anything wrong with it.

I love the stereo and the seats are comfortable. I can't wait to get it out on the road for a longer trip.

The gas mileage has been very good so far.

I plan to drive this car as long as it remains mechanically sound. Chances are it will eventually be replaced by yet another Taurus. It's the third one I've owned. I would still have the second one if it had not gotten wrecked.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2003

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