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1997 Ford Taurus Consumer Reviews

3.7
Average based on 21 reviews
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Junk Transmissions But Reliable Engines

by from Minneapolis, MN on September 2, 2010

My family has now had two '97 Taurus's. Both had junk transmissions and broke at 108,000 and 113,000 miles. One was my car given to me by my parents. The front sway bar, struts, and ty rod all broke.....
My family has now had two '97 Taurus's. Both had junk transmissions and broke at 108,000 and 113,000 miles. One was my car given to me by my parents. The front sway bar, struts, and ty rod all broke... rolling to a stop sign!!! Both had the 24V engine. Outrageously fast! Engines never had problems. Very quick 0-60 for a wagon and sedan. If the rest of the car held up we may still have the wagon. Sedan is noqw sitting in driveway waiting to be fixed. Only real problems are the transmissions and all the stuff in the front. Love the cars besides.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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Most reliable car I've owned

by from on October 17, 2009

My first car is a Ford Taurus and it happens to be a 1997 model!It's a very stable car!The performance is always good, and it's a comfortable one for family travel as well. Even I have a new car, but ...
My first car is a Ford Taurus and it happens to be a 1997 model!It's a very stable car!The performance is always good, and it's a comfortable one for family travel as well. Even I have a new car, but still keep it coz' it's still under a good condition after years. Would like to share it with you if you are trying to pick one for your 1st one to have.
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Purchased a used car

Does recommend this car

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Not Bad

by from MI on June 8, 2011

Not a bad vehicle for a soldier, i live in MI and travel constantly has not been let down i put over 10000 miles on it with in the last 4 months and havent had to get too much more than the regular ma...
Not a bad vehicle for a soldier, i live in MI and travel constantly has not been let down i put over 10000 miles on it with in the last 4 months and havent had to get too much more than the regular maintenance done. Its all a matter of finding it used from people who take pride in their vehicle. If not of course it will be a clunker. I inspected as well as my sergeant and father. We are all mechanics so we made sure not to miss anything.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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Transmission issues.

by from on August 11, 2012

I have owned one for four years now and currently have 198000 miles on it. Biggest problem I've had with it is the transmission went out at 177000 miles and cost $2300 to rebuild. Engine is solid and ...
I have owned one for four years now and currently have 198000 miles on it. Biggest problem I've had with it is the transmission went out at 177000 miles and cost $2300 to rebuild. Engine is solid and doesn't burn a drop of oil. Second biggest problem can be finding the right part when they do break down. Easy to maintain and repair for any shadetree mechanic if you can find the right part first. Except for transmission, repairs were surprisingly affordable. Check engine light was an initial problem but a $50 code reader telling me that the gas cap was on loose fixed that. Overall a good value car for a young driver but, a thorough test drive by a qualified independent mechanic is a must.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Work

Does recommend this car

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Ron

by from binghamton, ny on May 27, 2006

Bought used with 103,000 miles. It has been a great car!!!! Had a 1995 tourus with 185,000 and would still be driving it if another driver didn't total it.
Bought used with 103,000 miles. It has been a great car!!!! Had a 1995 tourus with 185,000 and would still be driving it if another driver didn't total it.
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Does recommend this car

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First Car

by from Los Angeles, CA on July 14, 2009

This car was amazing. No complaints at all. Spacious, gas friendly, reliable, hands down perfect. Absolutely the best first car to ask for or recieve in such great condition. Buying a 97 Ford model in...
This car was amazing. No complaints at all. Spacious, gas friendly, reliable, hands down perfect. Absolutely the best first car to ask for or recieve in such great condition. Buying a 97 Ford model in 2007...with only 67,000 miles on it and no problems is ridiculously unbelievable. I'll keep this car forever if I can.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car

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Great Car

by from Topeka, Kansas on February 6, 2009

I love this car, I got rid of it for a new car and regreat it every day since then! I never had problems with it. I even went 6,000 miles without changing the oil and I had no issues. I don't really l...
I love this car, I got rid of it for a new car and regreat it every day since then! I never had problems with it. I even went 6,000 miles without changing the oil and I had no issues. I don't really like how car looks too much, and the interior on mine was green (yuck) the center consol that folded down, one of the cup holders didn't hold cups at all so I had to take my car to get cleaned a lot because of cups spilling, but I would recomend this car again, and I am actually going to buy a 2001 taurus this summer. I love this car.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car

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Good Value

by from Maryland on January 19, 2009

Have 97 wagon, purchase used with 35K miles and now has 135K miles on it. Has been a dependable vehicle with minimal problems. Ride is stiff but then if you look at the load rating for the wagon, it i...
Have 97 wagon, purchase used with 35K miles and now has 135K miles on it. Has been a dependable vehicle with minimal problems. Ride is stiff but then if you look at the load rating for the wagon, it is higher than for the sedan. Have towed with it but you would need to be careful not to tow in hills or hot weather without adding a transmission cooler. [Tried towing a large UHaul through mountains in august with my 2001 Taurus and blew out the tranny]. The only problems I have had with the 97 is that the air intake gets a carbon buildup around the butterfly valve causing a high speed idle condition and has to be cleaned occasionally to correct. The other problem is that one of the door open switches is stuck in the open switch so the interior dome light stays on if left in the automatic position. Am somewhat disappointed with the mileage as drive mostly on the highway but only get 20 to 24 mpg but do have to admit that since most of my commute is on roads with 65mph speed limit, I then to cruise at 65-70 most of the time. I bought this car to replace my 1986 Chevy van as car was big enough for most family trips and could pull a trailer. It has worked for those purposes but the majority of the mileage has been from my 75-150 mile per day commute/business in the Wash DC area.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car

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Great First Car

by from Binghamton, NY on September 19, 2007

I bought this car used and it has never let me down. It was my first car and I loved it until recently when I finally had to get a new car :( But 165,000 miles and it still runs great! I had Ford temp...
I bought this car used and it has never let me down. It was my first car and I loved it until recently when I finally had to get a new car :( But 165,000 miles and it still runs great! I had Ford tempo before this and they are very similar cars. Def would recommend.
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Does recommend this car

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I'm buying 2010 model

by from Cincinnati on March 18, 2009

I bought 97' Taurus GL in March of 1999 and it has never had any major problems. It as a 153k and we go on vacation with it every year. This is why I'm sticking with the Ford brand and I am going to b...
I bought 97' Taurus GL in March of 1999 and it has never had any major problems. It as a 153k and we go on vacation with it every year. This is why I'm sticking with the Ford brand and I am going to buy the 2010 Taurus.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does recommend this car

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