Good Solid Car
I've owned this car for 7+ years, and driven it for 110,000 miles. It feels steady on the road and is very comfortable. The only things I've had to replace so far are the tires and battery. Great car!
Great Metal for the Money
I bought my '02 SEL Wagon new and today turned over 92k. Yes, there have been a few minor mechanical problems, but nothing costly, out of the ordinary, or unexpected. My wagon has the base Vulcan engine, which is not a stellar performer, but certainly capable and mileage is acceptable. The car will cruise effortlessly on the turnpike all day @ 70+ and return 26-28 MPG. Auto climate control is great and is truely "set and forget" comfort all year round. When I trade, it will be for the new Taurus, which I have driven are REALLY like.
Poor gas mileage
This is a nicely styled car, comfortable to ride and roomy. It has had only one mechanical problem which was the need to repalce the emision control unit. However, I find it is a very heavy car and thus has poor gas mileage which is why I could neve recommend it during times when gasoline costs are only going to get worse. I bought this car in 2003.
A vastly under-estimated and under-appreciated car
I just traded my 2002 SEL and was a little sad because at 90000 miles, it ran like an absolute top. The only problem I had was a sensor I had to replace because the idle was rough. But rock solid car. I bought it new and did all the maintenance and contrary to the above comment, my continental tires lasted 60000 miles! Amazing how long they last when you rotate them. But with the leather, 6 disc Mach stereo and awesome display panel, this 200 hp car truly ran great. It's a shame they're not worth much but I would highly recommend this car. Where can you find all this luxary and performance for under 8000.00? My only disappointment is no heated seats and radio controls on the steering wheel. Other than that, I would buy one again in a heartbeat. It's a good, dependable and surprisingly fast car.
This is a great Car!!
I own the SES model and I think that this car, is very comfortable and drives really smooth, Also the gas mileage is great on this model, with the fuel-flex engine. I would reccomend this car to anyone!!!
A great car for the money
My wife and I puchased our Taurus with approximately 21K miles, and have since put on about 40K more. Thar car has been great, especially considering the price we paid for it. We have driven cross country three times, and found it to be very capable. The seats are firm and supportive, and there is an astonishing amount of interior room (I am 6'7" and fit comfortably.) The ride is soft, and road noise is not pronounced. The trunk is a cavern, and we have had no major mechanical problems. Here are the downsides: the Vulcan engine could use more horsepower, and the hard plastic on the dash looks rather cheap, although everything is well-placed. The Taurus has rear drum brakes, so performance is not the best. Also, the stock Continental tires are the worst I have ever owned. If you buy a Taurus, replace them as soon as possible (two recommended models are the Yokohama Avid Touring and Fuzion HRi.) Overall, this is a great car at a great price. After all, where else can you buy a dependable almost new vehicle for that price?
Actually surprising for a Ford
I just bought a 2002 Ford Taurus SEL about a month ago with somewhere around 62,000 miles on it, and truly it's a nice car! I bought it used from a Ford dealer although, this was not a certified vehicle therefore, I get no warranty! I bought the vehicle looking for something rather slow and boring but since I have been driving it now for awhile, it kinda surprises me that it's rather quick and handles really well and better than I thought it would. I am a fast driver who is generally taking corners much quicker than most people, quicker than most crazy teenagers, and being only 20 years old and male gets me into a lot of immature incidents and things, but the car is doing well! I have put about 3,000 miles on it in the first month as it now has about 65,000 miles on it, and the things is doing well! I found it to be a lot nicer than I thought it would be! I have the SEL which is the nicest model and it has a ton of options (especially for a Ford)! I have such things as leather, Mach audio system with a 6 disc (unfortunately in the center console which is annoying but it's cool), and it also has the upgraded 24 valve 200 HP 3.0 liter engine! I am getting better gas mileage than I should although I am trying to slow down on my road rage, and it's a nice car to drive! I did a trip the other day through Ohio where I live, and it was about 200 miles... It had a lot of hills and curves so a lot of fluctuation of speed (not traditionally good for gas mileage). I kept the speeds somewhere between 65 and 85 almost the entire way and got 32 MPG! Not too bad being I EPA Estimates are 19 and 26 (city and highway respectively) and I thought for the size of car that was good! But I like it and would reccomend it to those who think it has nothing cause it's rather nice~
Ford Taurus SES Sport
I own a Taurus SES Sport, and i love it. For the money i paid, i have an exceptionally good car. only problemi have had so far was a passanger window that doesnt wanna work :-( ... unfortunate, but i still am in love with this car. accelerates nicely, and its very comfortable, especially with the adjustable pedals. Overall, With the right features, you will not be sorry!