2001 Ford Taurus SES V6 from North America
You get what you pay for
Dealer I bought the car from only gave a one week warranty. The week after I bought it the remote key less entry system shorted. Cost $300 to replace.
One month later at 87000 miles the engine pulley snapped while I was driving down the freeway with my 1 year old niece. Belt also broke when this happened. Was in the shop for a week and cost $500 to fix.
Two months later at 87860 miles, the drivers front door handle stopped working. I took the door handle apart, but did not see anything wrong. Mechanic said the whole door handle assembly would need to be replaced. It would cost $200. I refuse to pay for that. I now roll down my window and open the door from the outside.
One week later at 87921 while driving in 100 degree weather my air conditioning compressor went out causing the A/C to completely quit working. Mechanic said it would be over a thousand dollars to fix. I can live without the A/C.
This car has great handling and is very quick when it needs to be. It is great on long trips and is very comfortable.
I bought this car because of the space inside. I am six foot five so I need a bigger car. It is very roomy but has given me nothing but problems. I owned a 1986 Pontiac Firebird before this car and sold it to buy this car. I paid 8,600 for the car and still owe 5,000.
I wish I could sell it, but these cars are only worth around 2,000 dollars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 18th August, 2009
16th Nov 2013, 03:45
I'd find a new mechanic. My door handles in my 2001 Taurus froze up (in Wisconsin it gets to -40) and all I needed was a little WD-40 and voila, working doors... As to the other problems, regular maintenance should have caught that. Looks like your guy fixes what needs fixing and ignores the rest. A simple visual check should identify a worn belt.