1999 Ford Taurus SE 3.0 from North America
Comfortable, but not reliable
Transmission was noisy when NEW. It was replaced when 2 weeks old, under warranty.
Windshield wiper comes on by itself occasionally.
This 1999 Taurus is much noisier than my 1996 Taurus, and MUCH MUCH noisier than my 1999 Camry.
The transmission is starting to make a chirping sound when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear. When accelerating very SLOWLY, no noise. But under normal conditions, I get a chirp. I fear that I'm in for a repair soon.
A brake repair shop said that the rotors are just about shot (47,000 miles). He smoothed the rotors, and the brakes are working properly, for now.
The power driver seat gets stuck in the back-most position. Manually nudging it forward frees it up, until the next time.
The car began knocking EXTREMELY badly somewhere around 20,000 miles. Premium gas helped a little, but it would still knock. One Ford dealer said he could do nothing about it. Months later, another dealer did an adjustment, but that did not help. On the second visit, they cleaned the engine cylinders to remove carbon deposits. That cleared it temporarily.
After 2-3 months, the knocking returned. Another cleaning (days before the warranty expired) cleared it again.
One week later, the check engine light came on. My mechanic looked at it: EGR valve problem.
Months later, the knocking returned. Not as bad as before. It only happens when the engine has been run for perhaps 10 miles or more.
There is a spot on the dashboard, above the speedometer where the plastic layers are separating. This is unsightly, but causes no performance or safety problems.
The lumbar support on this car is better than on my similar 1996 model, which lacked the lumbar adjustment. But I still preferred the bench seat of my 1992 Taurus.
Acceleration is acceptable, but not exceptional.
Leg room is excellent. This car is adequate for two adults and three kids. But three adults in the back seat can only be comfortable for short-distance travel.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 20th March, 2004