1999 Ford Taurus LX 3.0L Duratech 24v from North America


Good basic transportation


The dome light would stay on when the doors were closed. This would also prevent the driver's door from locking. Thanks to carsurvey.org, I learned that a little lubricant had to be sprayed in each door latch. Fixed the problem instantly, and the problem has not returned. Occurred around 30000 miles.

The "low coolant" light would stay on, even though the radiator was full. Cause was a faulty sensor in the coolant reservoir. Replaced under warranty at 20000 miles.

The center console piece separated from the plastic shell. Solved this problem with a little glue.

General Comments:

Generally, I have liked the car. Ride is good, and the car is very quiet inside. A few small issues have surfaced as described above, but generally I have been happy with the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd June, 2003

1999 Ford Taurus SE 3.0 EFI from North America


Quality car for budget minded family sedan


A/C was inoperative, but only a relay was needed to repair (now it's ICE COLD). We have found the ventilation to be superior in the front, but poor in the rear seating area.

One rear window motor is inop... a motor is needed.

Cooling system was in poor condition, very rusty, but a thorough flush has cleaned it suitably with no leaks evident.

Brake rotors will need to be resurfaced to correct a pulsation.

General Comments:

I am very impressed with the car's comfort and low cost, and decent looks if one likes the present body style. Repairs are in line with other models, with no significant high-cost items expected.

This vehicle was a former rental car of a major company, and has the expected parking-lot dings. No rust or body work is evident.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th May, 2003

1999 Ford Taurus SE V6 24v DOHC from North America


We will never buy another Ford vehicle again!


We bought the car at a Ford dealership with 27000 miles on it in October of 2000. The dealership did not disclose all the information about the car's history. We took the car in within a week for a few minor repairs at the same Ford dealership. The service technician told us, "We just replaced the transmission in this car a week ago". My husband and I were very upset that this information was not offered to us when we purchased our car.

In the past two and half years we have had several little problems with our car.

We are currently dealing with Rack and Pinion problems. We have been told that our car is to new for rack and pinion problems. This problem will cost us about 800.00 for a new rack and pinion, plus the cost of labor.

General Comments:

Our plan is to trade in this car as soon as possible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd May, 2003

2nd May 2003, 23:10

I work at a Ford dealer so I love reading comments like this. "I bought a used car still under warranty, saved a ton of money over new, drove 20,000 miles a year and after I reached 85,000 miles with only minor things going wrong, I have a steering part go bad. I will never buy another vehicle from this manufacterer." Dealers don't have to disclose if a warrantied item has been replaced and it sounds like you haven't had any problems with the transmission. I don't know why that would bother you especially when it was under warranty when you bought the car. Can't make everyone happy, but for a car you drive this much, sounds like it's been a pretty good deal for you. Just hope you stay a little patriotic and don't buy some import.

27th Dec 2003, 08:24

Only a Ford employee would stick up fot this car. Don't even compare this to the quality of an import.

27th Dec 2003, 13:51

Patriotic? What a joke!! I DO work for Ford and even I know the Taurus is an embarrassment to the company!!!

6th Jul 2004, 07:30

My 99 Taurus Wagon RoXX!! I have had very little trouble with it, and I bought it second hand in 2000 (with a whopping 5132 miles LoL). It is almost hitting 40,000 now and it has had only minor problems. I think the difference is, I go to AutoZone and have them read the codes and then install the parts myself and save $$$. I did the cost of ownership per year on this vehicle and it is So Low!

Course, I have not driven it much at all, and that seems to make a huge difference on cars. My daughter has a 98 with around 90k miles and we have loads of fun working on it all the time. Especially if I pay!

Luck with your Fords - This is my 16th Taurus/Sable - but the only one I ever had to pay for.

26th Jun 2006, 10:18

My grandma has a 99 Ford Taurus. It has been in 2 wrecks and has not had hardly any of the problems the people on this site have. It had to have a speed sensor replaced, and that is about it. If your transmission has problems shifting or not shifting go have the speed sensor checked. I think it is all in the maintenance of the car.