2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0 V6 from North America
Most likely you will have quite a few problems
At about 40,000 tires, and rear brakes were shot and the front brake rotors were damaged.
Engine knocks unless premium gasoline is used. Dealer said there is nothing they could do.
Trunk often will not open with the button inside or with the keyless remote.
On three occasions the car died for no apparent reason. Since the check engine light did not remain on, the dealer cannot figure out why - scary!
Fuel filter was clogged causing the car barely to run and it was quite expensive to replace.
Electrical problem with brakes that caused failure of the car to shift out of park, the brake lights would not work and the brakes failed to turn off cruise control.
I have never had so many problems with a car in such a short amount of time. I like the size and style of the Taurus, but I think I should have bought another manufacturers car.
I previously owned a Ford Aspire (which was actually made by Kia). I had it for seven years and only ever had to replace the battery, brakes and tires.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 30th December, 2002
Actually, the Aspire WAS made by Kia!!!
Hyundai only recently acquired Kia. Check your facts next time before you attack someone else!!!
Oh yeah, Kia made the Festiva too. Den.
And YES I know the engine's a Mazda.
I have a 2000 Taurus SEL and I have no problems with it knock on wood. You must just have a lemon. Your car must have been built on a friday lol.
On the engine knocking problem, I had same issue. Dealers (tried two different dealers) couldn't find anything. I took a guess and replaced egr valve. Problem fixed.
It may not be of any worth to anybody, but I went through a bunch of lectures from Kia about the history and the cars produced by them for quite a while.
Kia made the Festiva, true. Fairly decent car, but not great.
Kia designed the Aspire, but Ford manufactured it. Kia supplied the engine, transmission, and pretty much the whole list of parts on the car.
This is what "Kia" claims, and I quote their factory rep. It may or may not be true.