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Pros: Comfort and handling
Cons: center pulldown console
Advice: It is a good car for the money!The 2002 Taurus SES is the most comfortable sedan in its class. The ride and handling are great. The engine has plenty of pep and runs quietly. I average 24 mpg locally and 30 mpg on a trip. The air conditionaing is less efficient than some and runnning it causes me to lose 2 mpg. The only concern I have had is a rattle in the front dash area that cannot be found, and I now have over 70,000 miles on this car. Great car for the money. More than got my moneies worth.
Pros: Car has plenty of room for driving out of town or just lounging out on the town.
Cons: Breaks....had them replaced one time already.
Advice: What out for the transmission.Has great speed and durability towards it.
Pros: Powerful and smooth Duratec engine
Cons: Useless lumbar support with the leather seats
Advice: Test it over harsh roads and listen for suspension and other noises.This was our second Taurus. The first was a 1998 SE. The 2004 SES has a more powerful engine and has less road noise. However, I find the interior of the '98 more appealing and a bit more out-of-the-norm. The '04's interior looks like every other car. I also find the '98 to be more comfortable on long trips. I fit more into the seats. I think the leather seats on the '04 come with a nearly useless lumbar support that, for me, actually interferes with lumbar comfort. I have never been that in love with the leather on American cars (other than luxury cars), because it feels more like fancy vinyl. My wife likes the ease of cleaning. Performance: The 24 valve engine (Duratec) is plenty powerful though it is outgunned by Honda, Toyota, and even the 06 Hyundai (Sonata). I don't care, because it moves very well. It's power curve is just right. There is no gut-wrenching torque (which can cause loss of control) but more of a long curve which keeps pulling. Reliability: It has given us no problems, but it is making me nervous. There is a noise in the front suspension somewhere, but only over very rough roads. Every once in a while, I think I smell coolant, but have lost no fluid and have no leaks. The A/C is less than impressive (not near as good as the '98), but gets the job done. I'll be buying an extended warranty. However, though I am less than thrilled with this 2004 Taurus SES, I am satisfied. I can't complain, because I bought it with 8000 miles in 2004 for 13250. It is a lot of car for that money. I never get the feeling that I am riding in a cheaply built vehicle. Resale value is very bad, because every fleet and rental company gets these and trades in at 1 year, flooding the market. This allows you to get a good deal on a one-year-old, but is a double-egded sword. Gas mileage is great on the highway (really about 29-30 mpg), but is horrible in town (17-18 mpg). I would NEVER pay 26,000 for this car (this car's sticker), or even 17,000+, but 13k, sure. Overall, a good car for a good value. Even so, I liked the slower 98 better and our next will be a Toyota.
Pros: It is very spacious. It is a good entry level and first time family car.
Cons: It is not a car with longevity.
Advice: Don't buy a new Ford. Buy a Ford with less than 20,000 miles and save $$$. Buy ext. warranty.For the money, this car is okay. The 'V6' (155hp) Engine is slow, noisy, and is not in the same quality/performance class as the Maxima, Accord, or Camry. The car does not hold the hwy very well. It sways back and forth a little bit. But, you get a lot of features for a little bit of money. Make sure you purchase a Ford with less than 20,000 miles and buy the extended 100,000 miles factory warranty. Visibility is poor in this car as well. This car has very thin sheet metal, so be careful of any weight on the exterior of this vehicle. This car starts lousy.
Pros: The size.
Cons: Awful gas mileage!
Advice: Think twice and don't let the selling price fool you.The price was what sold me on the Taurus. Although very roomy for the size of the car and very inexpensive compared to other sedans, I'm now paying the initial difference in price through gas. At best, I'm getting 16.9 mpg in town and 20 mpg on the highway. The motor fan cycles on and off very heavily (makes the car shake). It hesitates when I hit the accelerator. I originally thought there was something seriously wrong with it and took it to the shop to have it checked out - it turns out that this is just the way the car is.
Pros: comfortable travel car
Cons: needs more base h.p.!
Advice: if you buy new ask about the x-plan(it will save you $1,000!!!the car has been flawless for the first year.the only mod.i've added is a k@n panel air filter.it did help with the overall throttle response and added 1-1.5 mpg!!(city/hwy)i am very happy with this car.awesome travel vehicle.
Pros: The 24 valve Duratec engine
Cons: That so many other people have one
Advice: Go for the program cars. You get a great car for a decent price.I love my car! It has great pick-up and wonderful handling. The seats are spacious with enough room to fit 5 adults comfortably. The look is sporty but it's a great family car with the double 5 star crash test rating. I would recommend this car to anyone!