1997 Ford Taurus User Reviews

1997 Ford Taurus Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 32 reviews

  • Performance:3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars3.3 out of 5 stars 3.3 / 5
  • Appearance:3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars 3.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Overall: 3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars3.6 out of 5 stars 3.6 / 5

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PROS
"reliable car" 9 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 6 reviews
"transmission" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"style" 3 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews

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Max writes:
1997 Ford Taurus SHO Review
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The handling and the way it sounds.

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Hard to keep running right.  

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An Interesting Car With Great Handling And Good Utility. — It's a freaking Taurus. But with a V8 and excellent suspension. So, it's kind of a sleeper. Surprisingly it gets excellent MPG. If I keep my foot outta it, it will get 25mpg. I can't keep my foot outta it though.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Bryan writes:
1997 Ford Taurus GL Review
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4

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Reliable

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Transmissions

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Won't Let You Down — The 3 liter pushrod Vulcan isn't super fast.. But it is a VERY strong engine with a nice sound. The trannys suck though.. Gets 25-29 mpg hwy (i have yet to break 30) and 18-23 city. Great car for hauling buddies around! haha

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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automotive_consumerist writes:
1997 Ford Taurus LX Review
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Roomy given its exterior dimensions

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Unreliable. Love it or hate it styling. Strange, oversized buttons on dash. Poor handling

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Unreliable And Cheaply Made — Always had trouble with even the most basic automotive functions; starting, stopping and steering. It was constantly in the shop due to problems with the starter, the transmission, or the brakes. The interior dimensions are the Taurus' only saving grace.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Tim writes:
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A sedan that has as much room as a cruiser.

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It is a sedan, but handles like a cruiser. Automatic transmission is not sporty and has gaps between gear shifts.

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A Hidden Value Of American Car. — If you ever read consumer reports back in the 90's you would see bad reviews on american made cars. Things like reliability in the bad or worst. This is different, this is a ford and during those 90's there was a sedan that could handle a family road trip The length of the car is about sedan sized, but the difference is it is a little wider, and longer to boot. That means the turning arc is more of a diagonal slice then a curve going forward as the car rear of the car does not rotate as much. In congested parking situations you need the whole width of the traffic lane before turning. The back may be clear but the front can still hit the car that is perpendicular to your space. Worry about the other car more cause a small scratch leaves only bits of paint and a tiny fixable deformation, the other newer car gets dented and all scratched up while costing more, hmmm.... Gas mileage is the same as the 90's and 2000's, it is the same in any 3.0 liter six cylinder ,and the funny thing is the gas tank is the same size as any other newer car and still gets the same mileage or can cruse at 65MPH only at 2k RPM's I think of the car as more of a cruiser then a sedan, but the benefits is it is a cruiser with sedan engine performance. As if people make six seat capacity sedans anymore There are drainage holes under the truck carpet to drain the trunk if any water got in the trunk, which it did. So fear not future classic collectors, Ford thought of everything.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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97Taurus writes:
1997 Ford Taurus LX Review
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5

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Luv my car

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Someone stole it and stole the tires/wheels and all the Mach stereo equipment *Except for the cd changer.

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Woo Hoo!! — This car has been a wonderful car. I am sure glad I chose the LX Model with 24 valve DOHC!! Stereo was nice until it was stolen.. Got it back with no Tires/Wheels and my Mach Stereo System stolen from it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Brad writes:
1997 Ford Taurus SHO Review
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the torque

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my rust

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Good 1st Car — good acceleration, braking, and handling sports suspension and good amount of torque its a 1st car all need repairs inless ur rich lol good sleeper look fairly good gas mileage for a v8, not much maintenance yes it is fun 2 drive

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Evan writes:
1997 Ford Taurus GL Review
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Good on gas, comfortable

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Some say they have weak transmissions

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I Will Be Sad To See It Go. — We have had this car for 4 years, have replaced a lot of things over that time but it's been mostly minor things. Gets good gas mileage and is comfortable on long trips. Probably will be getting rid of it soon.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jeremy writes:
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reliable

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none

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Buy One — Amazing Car no problems 141000 miles so far. plenty of room, lots of storage space, only work done is an alternator, idler pulley and basic maintence. great on fuel milage and not bad on power. go buy one today......now

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jerry writes:
1997 Ford Taurus GL Wagon Review
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It has balls

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the downshift

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I Like This Car — Its really comfortable. Plus it seats eight. and also the stock speakers in it get pretty loud. the only problem i have with it is the radio doesnt like cassette adaptors and tranny downshifts from 2nd to 1st pretty hard.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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James writes:
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american made

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bad brakes

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Must Drive — acceleration is awsome, braking is pretty good, handling is good. It has a bad seal in the passenger window. H??? yeah it's fun to drive! I love ford. It may be an old car but..... it is awsome to drive if you have everything fixed.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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