1999 Ford Taurus SE 3.0L DOHC from North America


A comfortable and reliable high-performance car


The low coolant sensor went bad at about 40,000 miles. Resulted in the dashboard light continuing to stay on at all times.

Front brake rotors needed to be machined at approx. 50,000 miles (routine maintenance) ; no major problems other than some vibration when braking.

Other so-called "problems" have been basic maintenance issues such as replacing bulbs, replacing front brake shoes, replacing tires, and routine engine maintenance.

General Comments:

Switched from a 1989 Toyota Camry to the Ford Taurus to have a larger and heavier car to comfortably carry four adults.

This car has been driven extensively by me for long distances. The majority of the miles are highway. The car's interior and performance since it was new have been excellent!

The gas mileage with the larger engine and 16-inch wheels averages about 34 mpg on the highway even with the A/C on.

I've been very satisfied with the interior comfort and location of all controls.

Since purchasing the car with just a few miles on it, I have ALWAYS taken care of it -- mechanically and cosmetically. It survived a major hailstorm and after repairs two years ago, the car still looks almost like new when washed & waxed.

The ONLY reason I would consider another car in the future is due to rapid depreciation and low book value even though the car has no problems and works extremely well.

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

Review Date: 7th October, 2003

1999 Ford Taurus SE 6cyn from North America


Too many problems for the good to shine through


Two of my rear seat-belts no longer work and are stuck in the down position.

My wipers come on at random times without me having to hit the switch to do so.

My heater seems to come on, yet does not display it as I "turned it on". The air conditioner has also decided to shut off at random and turn into heat.

At 38,000 miles the linkage to the transmission went out without a warning, costing $500 in repairs.

The passengers side, rear caliper froze at 42,000 miles.

This car it seems is not worth anything more than the comfort it provides. Each time I have called into a place to fix my car, it seems as though it's a joke that "yet another" Taurus" is coming in for repairs.

How many complaints on one item does it take to have a recall since it seems these issues are common amongst owners?

Please feel free to contact me at delondra@yahoo.com.

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

Review Date: 6th October, 2003

1999 Ford Taurus SE 3.0 from North America


Blue oval embarrassment


Front brakes and rotors shot at 8,000 miles.

Front wheel bearing assembly bad after 40,000

Front rotors and brakes need replaced every 6 to 8 months

Alternator failed at approximately 60,000 miles

Interior cloth is discolored and showing signs of wear for no reason (cheap material)

Poor ABS performance

Heater core needed replace at 98,000

Passenger side front seat belt hangs up

Wipers seem to shake whole car when running on high speed

Heater speed switch failed

Rack and pinion now needs replaced.

General Comments:

Car was fairly reliable first six months

Not worth the money.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th September, 2003

1999 Ford Taurus SE Wagon 3.0 from North America


Consider other choices


Emissions sensor went bad, $80.00 for part, installed myself.

3rd. brake light cover blew off while driving, $ 110.00 for part and wanted over$ 250.00 for installation. Ford dealer said it had to be painted before it could be installed. You have to buy the complete light assembly just to exchange the lens. Took 3 hours to change it myself. No painting required.

Car has nice looking instrument panel. Illuminated clock face and radio information in center panel doesn't light up. Ford says entire panel would have to be removed to trace wiring/electrical problem. I'll use my wrist watch and play some tapes instead.

Radiator coolant tank has been replaced twice.

Biggest problem has been rear disc brakes. In the last year and a half I have spent over $ 1000.00 on multiple visits trying to get them to stop the severe squeaking and grinding noises. Have had Ford and two other repair shops work on them. Changed both rear rotors twice, brake pads six times, calipers rebuilt twice and no one can seem to fix the problem permanently.

General Comments:

Overall the station wagon has worked well for our family. Not as much room as our Dodge caravan, but we enjoy the car ride better than the mini-van.

This not the first Ford I have owned, but it will certainly be the last. Ford has been unwilling-unable to fix the brake problem. This is a genuine safety issue that should have been resolved along time ago.

Looking to get rid of it soon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th September, 2003

23rd Jun 2004, 10:22

I've actually had the same problem with my Taurus and its brakes. I also agree that this will be the last Ford that I buy.