2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0 Duratec V6 from North America
Poor build quality
The rear coil springs broke at 21,000 miles. One of the broken springs cut into the tire.
The trunk has developed a leak in which water accumulates in the spare tire well.
The left rear quarter panel has started to rust along the edge of the rear passenger door.
At 20,000 miles, the front end developed a rattle in the suspension components (this problem was not corrected even after Ford replaced the front coil springs under a recall).
At 21,000 miles, the rear stabilizer bar had to be tightened down, but there is still a knocking noise in the rear suspension area.
This vehicle was purchased new in 2001 and has not been wrecked or abused.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 9th May, 2006
Nothing has happen to my car like that and it has about 90,000 miles on it now. Driving on Michigan roads 60 miles a day puts a lot of wear and tear on a car. I've had to only do regular maintenance like oil changes.
I have the EXACT same thing on my 2001 Taurus, both rear coil springs broken, found when checking brakes at 55,000 miles, also noticed rust - left rear door and rocker.
I think the coil springs cracking was a recall for that model year Taurus.
That is correct, the coil springs for the 2001 Taurus were recalled on both the front and rear. They don't actually replace them for the front, they put some guard on there but in the rear they are fully replaced.