1998 Ford Taurus SE 3.0 Duratec V6 from North America
Great performance, but ford should have spent the money and tweaked it a bit better
Power steering, power steering, power steering.
I have had the power steering pump replaced 5 times in the 2.5 years I've owned the car. I bought the car from a carmax. The warranties they offer are a Godsend. I have complete faith in them that they did fix it right the first time. I believe that it is a Ford issue. The car was like new when I bought it. When carmax says quality, they mean it. But no matter, it was still a used car. The brakes are OK, but they require repair to often. The performance is great. I have not had the electrical problems (interior lights staying on, Etc.), but I did have to have the alternator replaced. The CD changer had to be replaced. The hose for the wiper fluid had to be replaced. The housings for both tailights needed to be replaced.
The car runs fine, and looks great, but if ford had just put a little more time in dealing with quality issues, and used better materials, and had better fit and finish, the taurus nameplate would not have had to be retired for the 2007 model year. Lets all just hope the newly refreshed Five Hundred, and Fusion sedans make all the right moves to replenish peoples faith in Ford.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th March, 2007