2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0 from North America


Got my $10,000 worth and then some


Was a great car. Purchased with 30,000 miles on the clock and bailed out at 122,000 when the shift solenoids went in the transmission.

Was smooth sailing for almost 100,000 miles.

Stitching on leather seats dried from the sun and turned color and frayed and separated from the leather.

General Comments:

Was always a reliable mode of transportation.

Quick and agile.

Until the day it got stuck in second gear and wouldn't shift.

Even though it was 7 years old, the styling looked rather current.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st March, 2007

31st Mar 2007, 20:25

Shouldn't this review be for a 2000 or older Taurus, and not a 2005??...

2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0L V6 from North America


Comfortable, affordable transportation



General Comments:

For what I paid - 12Gs for a car that has 16K on the clock and almost every option known to mankind - this car is a great value. Keep in mind that in many ways it's just "very adequate". It's comfortable and drives very smoothly. The 2-tone leather interior looks very nice. The car heats up very quickly. Gas mileage is good - 24 city, 29ish on the highway. The engine is adequate - enough to get you around without saying "man, what a dog", but I wouldn't call it quick. The transmission is smooth, but it does want to shift quickly unless you put your foot down.

I like the info center - compass, air temp, gas mileage, etc. I only wish you could have temp and compass at the same time.

The trunk is huge, and the back seats fold forward, making it even bigger.

Cons? It has darn near every safety option EXCEPT ABS brakes. That's weird.

The stereo blows. It's a tin box with no bass, and a CD player that has about a 10 second access time.

The handling is, like most aspects of this car, very adequate. That's it. There's nothing bad about it, but it just under-steers like mad if you push it. My old Grand Prix had much crisper handling.

Bottom line - nothing in this car "shines", but everything works well. For the money, to get you to work and back, this is a great car. What else costs so little?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st December, 2006

31st Jan 2007, 00:01

I received a Ford Taurus as a rental - one of the last off of the assembly line. It had a decent ride and was largely "average" as per your review, but there were some issues.

The engine stalled once shortly after start up one morning. On a new vehicle with 4000 km, this is unacceptable; my experience with Fords is limited, but this reinforces the usual Ford stereotype. I also found that you had to slam the trunk lid very hard in order for it to stay closed. The steering wheel had a very cheap feel to it and creaked, almost as if it were to come loose at any time. Lastly: do all Fords have the big gaudy plastic ignition switch that the key goes into? It reminded me of an ignition switch that might be found on a child's toy car.