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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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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Alex writes:
2001 Ford Taurus Review
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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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Hans writes:
2001 Ford Taurus SES Review
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4

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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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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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Ash writes:
2001 Ford Taurus SES Review
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4

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safe, smooth, quiet, acceleration

Cons

fan stopped working.

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Mother's Car. — Drove this a lot while looking for a second car. It accelerates nice, brakes alright, and very very quiet and smooth. Supposedly safe, too.

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Steve writes:
2001 Ford Taurus SEL Review
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4

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Comortable, economic

Cons

Storage

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2001 Ford Taurus Sel — Family transportation vehicle. A very good car for commuting and comfortable for travelling. The options package was excellent for the time when it was new, but the cd changer being built into the center console limited its storage. Traded in for the Mountaineer.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Peter writes:
2001 Ford Taurus SE Wagon Review
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4

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utility

Cons

not a performance car

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Works! — Wife's car. It fills the bill. It has all the features needed and being rather lightly used was an exceptional deal. Easy to work on; plenty of parts available, everywhere. Cost of ownership is low; mechanically it is great - not a performance car but very dependable.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Eric writes:
2001 Ford Taurus SES Review
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5

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Styling, Performance, Affordability

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Repairs, Not extremely fast

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Average Car With Above Average Value — fun to drive, in my opinion, and looks awesome when its washed up and all. pretty cheap to own too, needs repairs every now and then, but what car doesn't... but still great to drive! i enjoy it a lot

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Arnold writes:
2001 Ford Taurus LX Review
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3

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it's a solid reliable car and gets 34 m/g

Cons

the Ford Taurus could have came with on optional high performance engine, suspension, and transmission.

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A Nice Looking Car — The Ford Taurus is an engineering marvel that changed the shape in automotive history which made the car stylish and intriguing. the reliability good, power could be improved with a more powerful engine and stronger trans. the suspension could be tougher, and the car could have been designed with sports car enthusiasm in mind. for the most part, my Ford Taurus is another mid sized sedan used for every day use and tends to be very reliable, but Ford could have done so much more to appeal to every market to make this car astronomical besides just economical.

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Steve writes:
2001 Ford Taurus SE Review
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5

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Good gas mileage, reliable

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at 150,000 it needs a full set of suspension

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On The Cheap — Again it was a great car, this would have been my second Taurus....sometimes I miss you

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