2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0 V6 from North America
A good, affordable solid car
The A/C clutch is noisy and needs to be replaced (just bought the part).
Left rear turn signal bulb blew out at 71,000.
Twice, the windows wouldn't go down. I turned the car off and back on again, and they worked fine after that. Weird.
When I first got it, I felt like I bought a firm leather chair on wheels with a killer stereo.
This car has every available option except the sunroof. It's black, with gray leather, wood accents, and I sometimes feel like I am driving a Lincoln.
If you can find a fully loaded Gen 4 Taurus with low miles, seriously consider it. I love the ABS, traction control, and the automatic climate control. Also make sure you get the Mach stereo with 6 disc changer in the armrest.
The ride is smooth, but not too squishy around the corners, and the brake pedal is firm. I wish Ford had included a rear anti-swaybar and rear disc brakes; that is the advantage my old '94 Taurus had over this one. But overall, I am satisfied with the handling and brakes.
Acceleration is OK. If you want a little more pep, I suggest looking for an '05 model with the Duratec engine (which is sadly not available on the '06). But the 3.0 Vulcan engine in the '06 is one of the best V6 engines Ford ever made. Also, from 2004 on, all Taurus models received the better transmission, the AX4N. It shifts very smoothly, and it seems to know when I want it to downshift, or maybe I adapted to it. I don't know, but it is the first auto I have ever not hated.
Maintenance is easy and affordable so far. If you keep the fluids and filters changed, and don't drive like you're always in a hurry, then it will last you a long time.
Overall, it is a great family car, very safe, comfortable, and roomy for our needs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th February, 2012