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1998 Ford Taurus User Reviews

1998 Ford Taurus Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 31 reviews

  • Performance:3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars3.4 out of 5 stars 3.4 / 5
  • Appearance:2.9 out of 5 stars2.9 out of 5 stars2.9 out of 5 stars2.9 out of 5 stars2.9 out of 5 stars 2.9 / 5
  • Build Quality: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
  • Overall: 3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 out of 5 stars 3.5 / 5

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PROS
"power" 12 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"ride" 6 reviews
"comfortable car" 4 reviews
"space" 4 reviews
CONS
"power" 3 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews
"transmission" 2 reviews
"ride" 2 reviews

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Displaying 1 - 10 of 31 1998 Ford Taurus reviews.

Kyle writes:
1998 Ford Taurus SE Wagon Review
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4

Pros

Love the power and cargo room

Cons

Weak Tranny

75

Great — Great car, weak tranny, but i would get another in a heart beat, hard a lot of cargo room, cost on mine was low, very comfy front seats. Drove the hell out of that car and it hauled ass. I would have another anyday of the week

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Bruce writes:
1998 Ford Taurus SHO Review
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3

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A blast to drive.  Fast and tight handler.  A rare convo starter.

Cons

It's a late 20c Ford product built by the substandard members of the UAW

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Fun To Own If You Like To Tinker And Like To Drive Something Rare And Different. — This is a high performance car that uses the Generation 4 Taurus as a platform for some pretty cool componets. It has a 3.4 litre V8 comprised of an alumnium top end built by Yamaha mated to a block developed by Cosworth. When properly cared for it is a silky smooth motor that will freely rev to 7000 rpm. The suspension is nothing like a regular G4 Taurus. It also has larger front disks and rear disks (standard Taurus has drum brakes). The engine makes it the consumate Interstate hauler, also at home on the twists. The build quality otherwise is all late 20c Ford, which is to say substandard. It is nowhere near the build quality of our 2001 Camry. As a result, at 12 years old, the cheap interior parts as well some exterior parts have needed to be replaced. Thus the junkyard is your friend. There are many Taurii in my local junkyard, and I seem to be there most everymonth for some lil nickel and dime part. But I love tinkering with it. As for fun factor, the car is a blast to drive. It is a sleeper car so it is fun to leave rice rockets and other perf cars behind at the stoplight. The other car starts to inch up and you just press the throttle and tease them. As a measure, it is just a bit slower than a 4.6 litre Mustang GT. But you can carry 5 in comfort while doing it as the Taurus has an enormous interior. The best way to describe its twistability is that you'll find yourself on a twisty road with 30 mph speed limit driving with no strain. Then you look at the speedo and you are in fact doing 55. The car simply hates to go less than 50 mile an hour. It is really at home doing 85 on the interstate. I have had the car up to 120 mph for a 20 minute stretch and it was stable and comfortable, not strained at all. The top speed of the vehicle is supposed to e 140mph. I havent done that yet.... Milage: 21 city (keep off the gas) and 28 hwy.

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

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Len writes:
1998 Ford Taurus SE Wagon Review
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Pros

Tons of room - and comfortable

Cons

Not a sports, or performance, car

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Great Affordable Family Mover — This car had the 24V 200 HP V6 which, at the time, was a fairly hot engine - especially for a family car like the Taurus wagon. This vehicle was an excellent family hauler and was very comfortable to drive. Could even get the front wheels to burn a little rubber off the line! Pretty tame styling and fairly bland, but very comfortable, interior. Lots of room to haul "stuff". No problems with the car in over 80,000 km. Very dependable - no squeaks or rattles.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Ivan writes:
1998 Ford Taurus SE Review
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3

Pros

Roomy & comfortable sporty car for little money

Cons

transmissions are prone to failure

35

Good Car For The Money — Good power, excellent handling, roomy. Very dependable for an affordable daily driver. Mileage is fair, overall quality is typical for american cars of its day. Can be suprising on open roads, is faster than it looks. Oval body lines are a love it or leave it thing, you either like it or not.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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David writes:
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5

Pros

Good gas mileage, good power

Cons

replacement of the heater core

35

Ford Taurus — reliable family car, that still runs. The worst part is having to replace the heater core, it's in the dash. Not a job for rookie like me. Good on gas and roomy enough for a family of three. The v6 is a good engine.

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Philippe writes:
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just a car  keypad allowed you to forget about the keys

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poor transmission

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Just A Car — just a car just a car just a car had a good engine, but transmission was too slow. hard steering, plastic interior all the way. did not really like this car design or driving. was wife's choice and she quickly regretted it. she really wanted the station wagon, but the saleman put us up with a sedan instead.

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Mike writes:
1998 Ford Taurus SHO Review
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4

Pros

Roomy

Cons

Needs Paint

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Taurus Sho — This is a great family car, lots of room. I bought so that I would be able to have room for my son. The car has all leather, 6 disc changer in the trunk, sunroof, all the bells and whistles. It has pretty good performance, considering the weight of the car.

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Michael writes:
1998 Ford Taurus SE Wagon Review
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2

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good pickup

Cons

ride, gas milage, radio, seats

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Could Be Worse — ahah the ford. well this car as you may know is just one of the most ugly things on the road and is reserved for mostly old people or for people who cannot afford well a better car. However i do have to say this car does have great pickup and weve generated some tire spin before lol. The breaks are also something to commend. the sterio sucks but works and thats what matters rightl. Oo speaking of working good luck finding one with a working power antenna i know our kind of works but doesnt go all the way down. The ride is not that great and the seats are a bit uncomfertable but if ur a teen ull be saying its a car lol. Buiild quality its an american car so ur probably say umm no. However in all of its 10 year life its just barely biginning to show porblems. However with resale foreget it ur loosing all sorts of cash. Our is worth 2500 which is 300 less than the volvo we also have which is 5 years older! however this car does have 8 seats which is nice when ur lugging people around. be careful though this car is low to the ground. anywasi really woldnt suggest this car try something else.

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Benjamin writes:
1998 Ford Taurus SE Review
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4

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Never had a problem with the engine, even though it was also neglected on oil changes for a while. Relatively good gas mileage considering it's a V6. Plenty of space. When it works, it works good. The look grows on you after you have had it for a while.

Cons

Transmission is very sensitive to you not changing the fluid, and you shouldn't floor it in 1st gear if you want the transmission lasting long. Also, it looks a little bit goofy

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Overall A Good Car. — Bought it from my sister a year and a half ago, drove it from 148,000 miles to 165,000 before a problem popped up. Then, I found out the transmission fluid was changed only 3-4 times (supposed to be once every 30,000 miles... You do the math.) Then, the transmission pump (literally) shattered in the valve body, causing the transmission to not do anything at all. We threw a new valve body on thurr and she was good to go for a bit. Then the power steering and fuel pump went. Fixed that, then the transmission popped its "lower input drum" (don't ask me what that is, that's just what the tranny shop said) at 169,500 miles, apparently the metal from the pump went everywhere inside the transmission. Anyways, got it rebuilt ($1865), and now it's running good again. 173,000 miles. In synopsis, CHANGE THE TRANSMISSION FLUID AS SCHEDULED!

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Tom writes:
1998 Ford Taurus SE Review
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3

Pros

Cheap to own

Cons

Vague steering, transmission shifting.

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Basic Transportation — The Taurus is soft on the wallet with maintanence and insurance costs. It starts everyday and parts are readily available and inexpensive. Very easy to work on and clean. Cheap to own, basic transportation. A A A A A A.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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