1998 Ford Taurus Reviews - Page 14 of 22

1998 Ford Taurus SHO 3.4 V8 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.4 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired13 miles
Most recent distance89000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

Wonderful

Faults:

There have been no problems with this vehicle. OEM brakes lasted 52,000, struts and shocks are still original and in great condition. No electrical or mechanical issues other than normal maintenance. Driver's seat got a slight tear early, but dealer replaced free of charge.

General Comments:

This is by far the best overall car I have ever owned, and I've owned 16 cars in my life. Quiet, smooth, and plenty of performance for a family sedan. If anyone complains that it doesn't have the power of comparible family sedans from other manufacturers, they are biased. I have held my own against every other family sedan in this class. So to those complainers, grow up. While the gas mileage is not what I would have liked, it is what should be expected by a V8. No other family sedan in this class are offered with V8's.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 2004

1998 Ford Taurus SE DOHC 24 Valve 3.0 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission DOHC 24 Valve 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired95000 miles
Most recent distance118000 miles

Summary:

This car is alright..

Faults:

The tranny slips in and out of gears. Typical for the tranny to wear out on that amount of mileage. Ford stuck with the same design back when they first built the taurus.

General Comments:

The DOHC 24 Valve V6 Duratec Engine has a lot of get up and go. But, I think that the tranny is so warn that it can't keep up with how much power the engine is putting out. Some days it runs fine and I have no problems. It usually acts up when it is really hot and humid out. When I'm driving on the highway. I get no response, and I would have too shift it manually to get it back into gear. When I drive in the city it will slam into gears sometimes.

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

Review Date: 29th September, 2004

1998 Ford Taurus SE 3.0 DOHC from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 DOHC Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance96000 miles
Previous carFord Bronco II

Summary:

Great car for the money

Faults:

No major things have gone wrong on car.

Had to replace the belt at 65000 miles.

Just put a new set of brake pads and rotors on it at 95000.

Coolant bottle replaced at 94000 miles when check coolant light keep coming on. (bad sensor)

Needs new mufflers, but has 96000 mile on it and went through a few Michigan winters.

General Comments:

Car is very quick.

Great road trip car. Car gets almost 30 miles a gallon, even at 75 mph.

Would buy another one.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd September, 2004

10th Aug 2006, 14:23

I had a 1998 Taurus now for 5 years. When I got it there were 65,000 miles on it. It now has 135,000 and is going strong, though I do feel some transmission slippage. From what I understand that is common with the Taurus. (My previous car was a 1994 Taurus and when I had to get rid of it, there were close to 190,000 miles on the clock.) These things are built to last if you care for them.

1998 Ford Taurus SE 3.8 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.4 / 10
Distance when acquired10000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

A great dependable car

Faults:

The only problem I had was it wouldn't slow down when I let my foot off the gas.

General Comments:

This car was the best and most reliable car I have owned.

It had low maintenance and never had to have work done on it for the 6 years I owned it.

The only reason I don't have it now is because it was stolen two weeks ago.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st September, 2004

1998 Ford Taurus SE 3.0 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired35000 miles
Most recent distance75000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Jetta

Summary:

Money pit, don't buy one

Faults:

Transmission started acting funny (not shifting, slipping, etc) at 40000 miles.

Interior lights would not turn off when the doors were closed beginning at 50000 miles.

Right rear tail light would fill with water and bulb would burn out whenever it rained starting at 55000 miles.

Went through four sets of rear brake pads and two sets of front brake pads in the 40 thousand miles I owned it. Rear calipers where rebuilt twice during that time.

Intermittent short in radio light.

General Comments:

Comfortable car for long trips and rode fairly quietly. Roomy inside and nice big trunk.

It would have been a great car if not for all the mechanical and electrical problems I experienced.

This was my father-in-law's company car and it came with the police package. It had the bigger four wheel disk brakes, the stiffer suspension, and the larger alternator.

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

Review Date: 29th August, 2004

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