I bought my 06 SEL sedan in June of this year (2007) with 27k mi.. 6 months later, she's still running strong with 36k. My parents do complain i ride her 2 much with it only being nearly 2 yrs old, but hey i'm 17, i'm gonna ride... But anyway, love the comfort, she handles well going around most corners between 40-60 MPH. I get surprisingly good fuel economy 24.8 MPG average. This SEL is loaded with all the good features, wood trim, cd, sunroof and the rare spoiler. I do wish I had traction control and ABS... but oh well. All in all I plan to hold on to this Taurus for quite a long time.
Great general purpose vehicle *decent looks *decent performance *good reliability *vesatility I have driven a 2001 Taurus for five years. The only time it has let me down was in Oatman Arizonia with a dead battery. Mine has the fold down rear seat, which allows it to function much like a station wagon.
Bought froman aunt, I was not sure if i would like it, it turns out I love it, got it with 120,000 miles, now it's got 150,000 miles and still runs perfectly, i have only replaced tires and wipers, guess it's good for an used car, great MPG. By the way, it's reliable, it's gets me to college with no problem
OK to rent, not to buy
I rented this car for a recent family vacation (with wife and 2 kids) and put about 900 miles on it, so I think I've got a pretty good feel for the car. The basic performance of the car was acceptable. It accelerated fine, provided a smooth ride and had no significant problems. The car wasn't especially comfortable, and the interior and exterior design are pretty drab. One thing that bugged us: the car alarm kept getting activated, not by us, but by the car, even if we were in it. It had something to do with putting the key in the ignition (or maybe removing the key) while people stayed inside the car. We couldn't figure it out. But there were a few times where the alarm got activated and the car would start honking repeatedly when someone opened the door. It was annoying and embarrassing.
Wonderful second vehicle
I purchased a 2001 Taurus named "Bluebell" in 2002 with 62K mil. It was, and still is a wonderful vehicle. Only two major repairs in the five years I owned it-struts and ignition switch. Car was sold w/ 110K mil to a neighbor who was in desperate need of a car. Regular maintenance ensured them at least another 50K + miles. Last check on the mil from the neighbor is 120K.
This car runs great, we just can't afford it anymore. The owner lost his job and we want to try to sell the car. There is a small dent on the hood, but no interior damage. His dad is a retired auto mechanic and he has looked at it and checked everything to make sure it is perfect.
I bought a used 1994 Ford Tauras in 2001 I was warned on what to look for, ie shifting points on the 5 speed autonatc I stated away from the3.8 engine. This was a staion wagon GL. It had been in a accident I could tell by looking at the cross support beam but it was minor. I used this car as my own company vehile before 9-11 as a transport vehicle as I had opened a full range pet/animal service. This Car had 75,00 miles on it when bought. I thougt it was the right vehicle I needed and in that aspect it worked well before I closed the bussiness -aftar the 9-11 atacks. Nobody traveled and that was my main source off income. If I had only known that the 1993 thru 1995 Taurus were the worst ones ever bult. I put 2 transmissins in it ,The first one went out 90 miles away near crestline Ca. I had a new one put in. In the 2 years I had it the Raditor,Heater core ,waterpump, plus the a/c was repared or replaced. Would I recomond this car to someone elese? Only if Ford has improved the The qualty off the car and it was a 2000 model or later. If they have not upgraded the car I would NEVER recmond this car to anybody.
Miss Ford Forever
I purchased a 2000 Ford Taurus and I am very happy with it. I was involved in a car accident the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and my car really took a bad hit. The whole back of my car was smashed and the person who ran into me, a Dodge Ram 2002 was stuck in the trunk of my car. I would buy another Taurus but unfortunely they are phasing out this model. It is a great family car and rides quite smooth. My husband and two sons took my car to a golf tournament. The trunk held four golf bags and their luggage. It handles the turns very smoothly and it is very roomy. Even my sons ask to use this car when they need to drive something with room. My Taurus is a SES model, V-6 with automatic trans. It gets great gas milage and this is very important with the price of gas now a days. I always have the oil changed every 3,000 miles. Other then the oil changes and the tires I haven't had to have any maintenance done on my Taurus. It has over 60,000 miles on it. I expect it to last well for over 100,000. Maybe by that time they will bring the Taurus back for a repeat sale. :)