2003 Ford Taurus SES 3.0L Vulcan V6 from North America
Ford makes comfortable cars, but I would never buy one again without a bumper-to-bumper warranty
The engine went out at 115,000 miles, and it is beyond repair.
Up until the engine damage, I was generally pleased with the way the car rode and handled. It is also very roomy, the seats are comfortable, and the steering feel is good.
I was becoming worried about the suspension. I live in the rust belt, and I have heard about the springs rusting out and cracking in these cars, and causing blowouts and accidents. That did not happen to my car, but I was starting to hear a lot of creaks and noises from the suspension this winter.
The engine went out on a day that was 4 below zero. Apparently the cooling system failed due to a clog or a leak. No warning lights lit up, but the engine started running rough. I drove it for five minutes to my destination. It wouldn't start after that. The repair shop said that the car overheated during that short trip, and that one of the back cylinders had low compression and was irreparable.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th February, 2011
6th Mar 2013, 16:52
If you have a temperature gauge, there should be no reason to let your car overheat. If the temp is above normal, there is obviously something wrong, and you should stop driving it immediately.
11th Oct 2013, 16:31
When under freezing temperatures, a clog might happen somewhere far from the temperature sensor and cause the engine to run hot while the sensor still reads cool. It's probably poor quality/wrong cooling fluid.