2001 Ford Taurus Reviews - Page 4 of 16

2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0 Duratec from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 Duratec Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 miles
Most recent distance80000 miles
Previous carFord Bronco II

Summary:

Boring but dependable vehicle

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong at all, only brakes and oil changes.

General Comments:

My wife and I inherited this car when her parents purchased a new Toyota highlander. We weren't exactly thrilled to be driving a ford Taurus, but we were poor and did feel some comfort in knowing the car was well taken care of.

The car is very plain and boring, but it never breaks down and is comfortable to ride in. The engine is actually quite nice and is surprisingly quick, but gas mileage suffers for the same reason. The interior shows no signs of wear even after 80000 miles and of course we had to replace the awful sound system.

I don't really like the car because it just isn't my style, but I can't complain about it either. This car has been extremely dependable and has never given us even a hint of a problem.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th May, 2008

2001 Ford Taurus SES from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.6 / 10
Distance when acquired60000 miles
Most recent distance145000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

Great Car!

Faults:

A/C just went out at 143k miles. Haven't had it looked at.

Automatic seat started to break around 90k miles.

General Comments:

This has been a great car! We've been very happy with the Taurus.

It is very roomy with a big trunk and the ability to seat 6. Smooth and quiet ride.

Great car for the money.

It just keeps going and going without major problems. Bought the car with 60k miles, now have over 145k. No major issues yet.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th May, 2008

2001 Ford Taurus SES 24v 3.0 V6 from North America

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 24v 3.0 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired44 miles
Most recent distance67000 miles
Previous carFord Mustang

Summary:

The after market industry has never realized the Ford Taurus exists, but it's a good car for the $

Faults:

I have had no very few problems with this car since new.

I replaced the tires with better rated toyos.

The check engine light caused the car to fail an emissions test at about 50K. It took two trips to the mechanic to resolve the issue. As a result of letting the car sit for the better part of a year, only driving it on rare occasion, I had to replace a catalytic converter and a sensor of some sort. Through the whole process, the car ran flawlessly. Total cost was almost a thousand dollars.

Power steering pump began making noise at about 50,000 miles. Drove it that way with no issues for 10,000 miles at which time it let me know it had failed completely by dumping power steering fluid on my brand new driveway, and I replaced it.

General Comments:

I dualed off the exhaust, added flowmaster mufflers, and chrome tips, as a result, the throaty exhaust note irritates my wife and entertains my teenagers.

I hit a Honda Civic broadside, totaling it, (no one was hurt) and was able to drive the Taurus from the scene. The damage to the Taurus was so slight, the air bags did not even deploy and though it needed $4,000 in cosmetic repairs, the car drove flawlessly between the time of the accident and when it went into the body shop. The car came out looking brand new, with the new sheet metal and paint matching the factory black paint job.

The interior of the car is dark grey cloth, and looks brand new even though the car is almost 7 years old. The dash, gauges, stereo (while not very powerful), center console, and headliner are all still in very good condition, no cracking or fading.

The gold trim package is starting to wear as a result of too much cleaning and polishing, but still looks presentable.

My eighteen year old daughter prefers to drive the Taurus over our Jeep Wrangler because it is so much quieter and comfortable on the freeway.

The first 40,000 miles were mostly freeway miles when I was making weekly 750 mile round trips with never an issue. The Taurus is and was, quiet, comfortable, reliable and fairly economical. The V6 gets the job done, though it is no hotrod. Going from a black with gold trim 1999 Mustang GT, 4.6, 5 speed, to a black with gold trim 2001 Taurus SES, 3.0 V6, automatic, was a big drop in performance and handling, but a big advantage in the kid hauling category. My co-workers gave me some grief, so I tinted the windows and put a license plate frame on it that reads "single dad's 4 door mustang." Now I am remarried, and my wife likes that faded old plate frame about as much as she likes the rumbly dual exhaust.

The last 27,000 miles have been in town. Much of it's time is spent just sitting in the driveway, under the weather. There is no room to put it in the garage, what with my company vehicle, my wife's SUV, and 3 teenager's cars in the stable now. The black paint still shines up nicely, the factory 5 spoke wheels, silver in color, have never chipped or peeled, and look new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th March, 2008

Average review marks: 7.1 / 10, based on 50 reviews