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Is a 2001 Taurus a bad bet?

I'm considering buying a used 2001 Taurus. I have a mechanic friend who says that Tauruses aren't to be trusted, but everything I've been able to find online indicates that they're pretty reliable (people routinely post about getting them up to 300k or 400k miles with no major problems, edmunds seems to like them, msn auto gives them a 5 out of 5 for reliability, etc). Is a used Taurus a bad bet? How many miles would you estimate a guy could get on an 01 Taurus before it died? Also, are there any years where the Taurus was particularly better or worse than in other years? Thanks!

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Actually this year model and the newer ones are a fairly reliable car. The early to mid 90's car were not the best, but I am a technician and everything I have seen of these cars is pretty good as long as they are maintained properly and have been since it was new. I have seen them running close to 200k

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    Do you mean that even thus its well maintain, this car can not really go over 200 000km whitout major problems?

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We run these in our fleet. This year and newer are great cars. Roomy and dependable along w/good fuel mileage. typical repairs for us have included, fuel pump replacement on some, coil pack replacement on others and windshield washer line replacement from time to time on each Taurus (I found that when we replace the broken area under the hood w/a rubber line, the repair lasts much longer). We have replaced an a/c compressor on one as well. We change oil @7500 miles and get excellent service from our Taurus'. I usually rotate them out of service between 150k and 200k depending on the driver's temperament.

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Ford Taurus' are "notorious" or rather "Notaurus" - HA!! - for major engine problems - Head gaskets and intake manifold problems... Of course it is like anything else - Who had it first? - how did they treat it? How did they service it? What have they had done to it before , and how did they drive it? They seem to be a bit better in the 00's than in the 90's, but I have found that transmission problems are also common with these. Unless the car has been babied, is in really good shape, you know how it has been serviced and driven, and you get an outstanding deal on it, I'd stay away - just a personal preference based on experience - I've found that (and I really hate to say this because I love American cars) Toyotas, Hondas, and Nissans are the best around. and although they do have problems like any other, most (if taken care of) last much longer and get better mileage (and often cost less in repairs) than most anything else out there....Hope that helps some....DD

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I have a 2001 Ford Taurus and it is Great I have had it for over 3 years now... I am having a leaking problem that i am working on getting fixed but i have not had to do much work to it otherwise... I had to put a wheel bearing in 1 week ago cost 70 bucks and i did it myself and I am a girl and only know a little about cars. GREAT CARS!!!

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Fords are bad bets. The South Carolina Supreme Court recently ruled that there is sufficient evidence to suggest that attorneys for Ford Motor Co. had committed fraud on the court by suborning perjury and concealing documents related to its star witness. (Chewning v. Ford, No. 25627, 2003 WL 1873520 (S.C. Apr. 14, 2003).)

It is also alleged that Ford Motor Co. paid David Bickerstaff $5,000,000 to lie to the courts regarding information that Ford engineers had discovered during testing of the Ford Broncos.

What does this mean to you as consumers? If you are ever injured by a vehicle manufactured by Ford Motor Co, you can expect that Ford will try to deceive the Courts in order to prevent you from obtaining negligence damages that you are entitled to.

Stay away from Fords

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