1997 Ford Taurus GL 3.0 from North America
An unreliable car
Tape stooped working at 50K miles. Problem started in the electrical system at 37K-Paid $200 to fix it. Service engine soon light came up at 56K. Paid $450 to fix this problem. Inner light did not turn off if all doors were closed. Paid $180 to fix it. Right now I hear a noise from the steering. Paints are coming off from the front bumper and hood.
This car is roomy, comfortable, but very unreliable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 23rd January, 2003
13th Mar 2003, 06:12
I have had all of the same problems (including fees) with my Taurus.
The only difference is mine is a 1996 dual exhaust with duratec.
The mileage is now at 90 thousand. Maintenance is kept up religiously.
HOWEVER, now the "Service Engine Soon" light comes on and the engine has been stalling off and on.
19th Mar 2004, 13:40
My car is also a 97 Ford Taurus GL. I have had the heater core replaced twice. Both times by a Ford dealership. The 2nd said I needed to put a restricter kit in so the heater core wouldn't crack again. 2nd dealership said first dealership should of put it in the first time. After both heater cores replaced my Service Engine light has come on. 1st time fixed said it was a censor that had gone out. With that same problem my windows were all acting up and not working right. When I took it in they said they just moved the wires around and the windows started working right. My car also tends to stall every now and then. The heater core was replaced because antifreeze was leaking into my car and fogging up my windows and the smell was awful. I completely agree that this car is very unreliable. Unfortunately I'm stuck with it for awhile.
1st May 2009, 17:24
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it sounds like your mechanic is a thief. Dome light won't extinguish? Spray the inner door switches with WD-40. This is a common issue with Gen3 Taurus cars. WD-40 can't cost more than 5 bucks for a small can.
"Service Engine Soon" lights can usually be diagnosed with a $75 OBD II reader. If you own a used car that is 1996 or newer... do yourself a favor and buy an OBD II reader.
Finally, if you buy a Taurus period, join taurusclub.com. There is probably no issue you could have with your car that some other person has not had as well.