We got the car brand new and it showed three miles on the dash. It has the 3.0 automatic XLE fully loaded red.
The first thing that went out at 5000 miles was the electric moon roof. It had a broken gear in it. Fixed with the warranty.
At 6,000 miles we took the car to have it serviced and they noticed that it was 1/2 quart low on antifreeze. So they said that could be normal so they filled it up to full at no cost. Then my son started to check it every time we got fuel for it and only 400 miles later it was low again. I called and they told me to bring it in. I missed a day of work again. They checked every thing and said it must be normal. Filled up again and off I go.
400 miles again same story. I took it back and they had the big shop boss look it over. He said it had no problems with the cooling system because I told them it never overheated. They filled it up with anti-freeze and I went home.
It was low 500 miles later and I took it to another Toyota Dealership and told them of it all. They actually worked on it. They changed out all the freeze plugs and made sure the "heater-core" was good.
Same old story-500 miles later back again. This time they said it had to be a bad head gasket. So they put 2-new head-gaskets on it.
This still didn't fix it. We took it to a private shop and they checked everything and came up with nothing except a loose head-gasket bold. He put a new bolt in it, but 500-miles later it was still low again.
We learned to live with it and we were scared to drive the car too far away, but it had good power and drove like new.
Then at about 15,000-miles the car finally gave out and overheated and white smoke blew out of the hood and tail pipe. It laid down on me right as I pulled into work one afternoon. One of the head-gaskets blew out. Toyota put a whole new engine in the car this time because it damaged it so bad from overheating.
Our water problem was solved, but with the new engine came all new problems like the bolt for the alternator came loose and left me calling for a tow three weeks after the new engine. Toyota said after such a big job as an engine changing it is normal to have a few bolts work out.
Then not even to 16,000-miles the top of the engine started to leak out oil all over. It caused lots of blue smoke and the first time I called 911 on the freeway. I thought it was on fire. So the firemen called a tow truck to take it back to the dealership. Toyota put new head oil top pan gaskets on the car at no cost.
At 18,000 miles the transmission started to slip. We took it in and the transmission cooling line was too far over close to a part and wore a hole in it and started to leak out. The fluid fried in the transmission from us driving it so low, but Toyota said drive it. The transmission shifted harsh after this and it took a bit longer for it to go into D from N. They put 8oz of some extra special fluid in it to "heal it". I know the transmission is hurt and will go out soon. It happened all at once one day. We always look at the driveway to see if it leaked any anti-freeze every-time before we left the house and we never saw it drip any transmission fluid or anything.
At 20,000-miles the quick oil change shop informed me that the air filter element was full of oil and that the car was smoking out blue smoke and 4-quarts low on oil. He filled it up with oil. We drove it back to the dealer the next day and they got into a fight with my husband and finally told us that it was a used engine with 28,000-miles on it, but that didn't matter. They broke down the top of the Engine and found a bent valve and some air oil "blow-by" lines that were in the wrong place. They replaced the entire exhaust system and sensors as well. They fixed it all.
Then at 22,000 miles the back head-gasket blew back out on the on-ramp to I-40. Thank God for cell phones.
I missed another day of work and had the car took in and got a free rental.
3-weeks later they are done with new head-gaskets and it ran like new again.
The car has about 24,000 miles on it now and we are trading it off before something else goes wrong.
We are getting another Taurus. A New 04-Taurus and Ford is giving us $15,000 trade in. We told them of all the problems and they said they would wholesale it out to an auction. They didn't want to sell it to one of their customers.
We miss our old Taurus that got us 79,000-miles of no problems before we traded it for out Camry-Lemon.