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1998 Ford Taurus SE V6 24vDOHC from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission V6 24vDOHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired115000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Cavalier

Summary:

Good Overall

Faults:

The top of the center console snapped off just a couple of days ago.

I had to have the back calipers replaced a couple of days after I got it, but it was still under warranty from the dealer.

General Comments:

This car has a lot of power and get up and go, but it is a gas hog. I only get about 230 miles per a full tank of gas even when I drive it very gently.

The car is quite comfortable except that the center console is very high so there is not really a place to rest your arm and the back windows only go down half way.

The heat vents in the front are aligned very poorly. It does not blow any heat down the middle of the car so that the people in the back get heat. They only get heat from the two tiny vents in the back. The heat does not blow out very hot either. I have noticed that push button heaters do not get very much pressure out either.

This car overall is a very good car and much better than my last one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th January, 2006

1998 Ford Taurus SE V6 24 valve DOHC from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission V6 24 valve DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired33000 miles
Most recent distance83000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

It is what it is, a good domestic sedan.

Faults:

Fuel pump replaced at 35k under factory warranty.

Steering rack replaced at 65k, no warranty.

Front wheel bearing replaced at 65k, no warranty.

General Comments:

Car has held up very well and I'm pleased with the overall value to repair ratio.

Change the oil and filter regularly, follow other factory suggested maintenance schedule and you will minimize potential problems!

24 valve V6 is definitely the car's best feature. Fit/finish and overall vehicle durability also very good.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th August, 2005

1998 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0L Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired110000 miles
Most recent distance140000 miles
Previous carPontiac Fiero

Summary:

As a tried and true GM guy, I might actually look at another Taurus as a replacement in a year or so

Faults:

Replaced water pump and thermostat at 120k miles Appox cost $600 USD.

Replaced Intake Manifold actuator? at 130k

Appox cost $500 USD.

Car still has continuous overheating problems when the temps exceed 90f 32c.

Lights/display on radio - HVAC system blink off and on above 70f.

General Comments:

Overall, still not a bad car just hates warm weather.

I'm not complaining too much as I bought it used with high mileage. The engine has tons of power to lug the large body around.

Handling.. it's a FWD wagon, not nimble, but predictable and easy to control.

Overall comfortable, nice for large items, but has it's little issues.

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

Review Date: 1st August, 2005

10th Feb 2006, 12:38

I had a similar overheating problem which was difficult to diagnose. Turned out to be very simple to fix; there was debris on the front of the rad such as leaves and bugs which needed to be cleaned off.

10th Feb 2006, 14:29

Yes, using pressurized air to blow the chaff, bugs, and road dirt out of the radiator's cooling fins and from the AC condenser can be really effective. Also, have you run a bottle of Prestone Superflush through the cooling system and had the system flushed out? Did your overheating issue start after you replaced the water pump and thermostat? It's possible that the thermostat was the wrong temperature, or that perhaps some Permatex got loose and clogged something. Also, these late 1990s Fords seem to have an issue with the cooling system with things getting clogged up, and it can take 3 or 4 pressure flushes to get it cleaned out.

1998 Ford Taurus SE from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired69000 miles
Most recent distance112000 miles
Previous carMercury Sable

Summary:

The best car ever

Faults:

I only had to have the fuel injector replaced at 105,000 miles. No other problems except for the usual such as, getting new brakes and tires.

General Comments:

This car is the absolute best vehicle I have ever owned. It is excellent on gas and it has never failed me. It handles beautifully and is so quiet. The interior has a lot of room for comfort and there is a lot of trunk space. I definitely got my moneys worth!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2005

1998 Ford Taurus SE 3.0 V6 Duratec from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Duratec Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired64000 miles
Most recent distance86000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

The Taurus is a decent car with faults

Faults:

Steering rack went at 75,000 miles.

Driver-side rear power window motor at 65,000 miles.

Door-ajar light and interior lights stay on. I had to remove the bulbs.

Headlight covers are chipped/pitted and not so clear anymore.

Usual stuff like, brakes, tires, battery.

General Comments:

This is a decent car. I have owned better, but its not bad for the money. The Duratec V6 is a great motor. Very reliable and powerful.

The transmission is unfortunately not on par with the motor. It seem to be unsure when to shift at times and can't handle the power the engine puts out when cold.

On the highway, this car is great. Gets around 29-30 mpg. Fuel economy is not so good around town.

It is a comfortable car to ride in. Plenty of room for rear seated passengers. The trunk is large, but somewhat restricted by the downward slope of the trunk lid.

Styling is what it is. You either like it or hate it. My opinion changes as the angle I view the car from changes.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2005

21st Jan 2007, 17:21

Try the WD-40 trick on the door latches... spray in the latches... should take care of it.

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 85 reviews