2001 Ford Taurus User Reviews

2001 Ford Taurus Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 29 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance: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
  • 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: 4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars 4 / 5

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PROS
"reliable car" 10 reviews
"ride" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 10 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"comfortable car" 5 reviews
CONS
"power" 7 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
"radio" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews

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Hans writes:
2001 Ford Taurus SES Review
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I love the comfortable seats and that great little pushrod Vulcan motor!

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Rear drum brakes...really??

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It Was A Good Car For Many Years! If You Buy One, Make Sure You Know How It's Been Maintained — It was a really nice car. Far more fun to drive than, for instance, a Camry. It had the pushrod 3.0L V6 which felt kind of like a little diesel...low-end grunt, no problem getting out of it's own way but not a lot of top-end. Sure, I put more money into it over the years than I would have liked, but that's partly because I refused to let anything be less than new, operationally... I will miss My White Bull!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jim writes:
2001 Ford Taurus SES Review
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5

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Bulletproof engine (and the noise it makes), simple to work on, parts available anywhere, huge trunk, roomy, steering feel, fantastic highway comfort, as reliable as a wood-burning stove.  More involving to drive than a Camry.

Cons

No factory disc brakes on sedans, engine is perfectly competent but could use a bit more power, city fuel mileage.

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More Than Nine Million Sold Can't Be Wrong — Taurus - the car that saved Ford in the mid 1980s. The fourth generation Taurus (2000-2007) is a very good choice in the larger range of the midsize sedan class. It is essentially the same car as the third generation Taurus (1996-1999) minus the overly oval styling. The powertrain was upgraded for 2000, and again for 2004. The base engine is one of Ford's most reliable designs, albeit an old one. The 3.0 liter overhead-valve V6 is named Vulcan after the Roman god of fire and ironworking, Vulcan, because of it's completely cast iron construction. It puts out 155hp and 185 lb/ft. of torque. Flex-fuel versions, able to run on methanol or ethanol in addition to gasoline, were available from 1993 on. Optional was a 3.0L Duratec V6. It is a more modern dual overhead cam design, pushing 201hp and 207 ft/lbs. torque. It has also proved to be very reliable since its introduction in 1996. PERFORMANCE: Acceleration wiith the Vulcan engine is average. It certainly won't set the world on fire, but it will get you to 60mph in about 10 seconds. The Duratec will get you there in eight, but it has much more higher-RPM kick than the Vulcan. Handling is pretty good for a relatively big, soft family sedan. The original equipment Continental tires absolutely ruin the car. The chassis is very stiff thanks to several key design elements of the unibody structure: one-piece side stampings running the full length of the car; front strut towers integral with the firewall; and rear strut mounting points tied directly to the side panels and to each other (the rear parcel shelf is a structural piece). The car gives more driver feedback than, say, a Toyota Camry. In stock form at the limit, there is safe, predictable understeer. Grip is good without the atrocious Continentals. Braking is average. The lack of rear discs on the sedan is disappointing. Pedal feel is better without the optional adjustable pedals, but mine has better feel than most adjustable pedal cars I've driven. Swapping to rear discs is relatively straightforward. Performance category recieves three stars with the VUlcan engine - four with the Duratec. BUILD QUALITY: After seven years and nearly 90,000 miles on the road, the only thing that really rattles on my '01 is the power mirror switch. Occasionally the moonroof shade will rattle if it's left in the wrong place. Springs are a problem area. Watch for sagging or broken springs. This is a design flaw that may or may not show itself, but is more common in places that use road salt. Other than that, the interior is a nice place to be, and the car is well put together. 300,000 mile examples are more common than you might expect. Build gets four stars because of the spring issues and it's not a Rolls Royce. APPEARANCE: It's much less controversial than the third generation "jellybean"/"catfish" Taurus It still looks modern, sleek, and classy. There are a few key lines that absolutely make the car's looks that the designers nailed, all while working in the constraints of the old car's platform (and doors!). ANd this one's Spruce Green. Five stars. OVERALL: Excellent value, very reliable, roomy, comfortable, good looks. I spend lots of time on the road, and it's a nice place to be. Find yourself one that wasn't a rental and has been well maintained. Five stars.

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Andrew writes:
2001 Ford Taurus SE Review
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Comfortable, good gas mileage, and pretty cool looking.

Cons

Bad handling, needed a lot of repairs (no thanks to me), and it's a Ford.

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My Ford Tarus — The best thing about my car is that it is very roomy. Your not really cramped. Unfortunately, it's a Ford so I don't know how much longer my car will last. The handling isn't that great. It's really hard to control in the snow and slush. It has needed a lot of repairs over the years, but it might of helped if I had avoided that ditch.

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Rick writes:
2001 Ford Taurus SE Review
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Looked almost sexy when it was raining and it was remote started

Cons

It broke way too easy

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What Is That Smoke From The Hood? — The worst car i have ever owned, I had to drop a new transmission in it, it always broke, the brakes spot welded themselves together randomly, it always leaked fluids and got horrible gas mileage

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Brandon writes:
2001 Ford Taurus SE Review
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Solid all around, surprisingly agile for it's size, lovable.

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Overwieght, underpowered, not the best car for an 18 year old with a lead foot.

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A Good, Solid First Car For Those Not Looking To Race. — Known as the 'Off Road Taurus', she became a legend in her day. The car was build surprisingly solid and put up with everything I threw at it during her 5 year life span with me. She wasn't much of a performer, except when it came to the highway. She could weave in and out of traffic just as good as cars half her size. She has a special place in my heart and all the hearts of those who the privilege of knowing her.

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Alex writes:
2001 Ford Taurus SES Review
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5

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Its green

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nothing

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Awesome Taurus — 2001 taurus. Fun to drive, slightly sporty with enough performance to satisfy your dailly commute! i need 25 more words. Its a great reliable car and i have not have many problems with it. In its life very little maintence has been done with it!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ben writes:
2001 Ford Taurus SES Review
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4

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Reliable, consistent.

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Bland and boring.

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Good Daily Driver, But Not Much For Excitement. — Acceleration is a little lacking, but it's very consistent. At low RPM is worst, but not by much. Handles smoothly, but not sharply. Ride is bumpy. Breaks are surprisingly good, really shine in hard breaking. Has 88,000 miles, no repairs in the year I've owned it. Doesn't look great from the outside, but inside design is simple, efficient, and attractive. Gas mileage is around 24 mpg combined. Only maintenance has been regular oil changes. Easy to drive, but not fun.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Alex writes:
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4

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Reliability, Style, Beginners, Cheap

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Speed, power

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Ford Taurus — Great car for beginners. Good gas mileage, easy to drive, and appealing to the eye. Not for power, speed, or racing, but all around a solid car. I got it after my dad got a new car, and it was great. Already up to 220000 miles, and runs great. I never get scared of it breaking down.

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Shaun writes:
2001 Ford Taurus SEL Review
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5

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Great Get up and go, great on gas, drives real nice.

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Had slight oil leak due to dry rotting of parts when i got it and sometimes the radio knob doesnt work. but other then that its good.

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A Great First Car!! — This is my first car and i have to say I love it. It has great get up and go. You can really feel the Ford Power when you slam on the gas. It also drives very nicely and turns on a dime. The Ford Taurus is a great car for a first car.

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Erica writes:
2001 Ford Taurus SEL Review
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It's a reliable FORD!

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It's by no means the fastest thing out there.

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I Love My Car. — I had the windows tinted on my car last summer to help it look not so much like a grandma's car! Also my car came with the 5 spoke wheels and a spoiler, so that helps the looks too. It's been a great car to me and I just got astro start in it, so that makes it even better. I love my car; it has been very good to me.

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