3rd Generation (1996—1999) Taurus Problems

Taurus owners with a 1996—1999 model year have the most problems with the transmission (31%), electrical (14%), and the engine (13%). We've listed some of the most recent complaints below. The full list is available on CarComplaints.com.

  1. Transmission Failure 37 complaints at an average of 110,440 miles in the 1997 Ford Taurus.
  2. Not Shifting Properly 8 complaints at an average of 103,125 miles in the 1999 Ford Taurus.
  3. Power Steering Failure 6 complaints at an average of 123,500 miles in the 1999 Ford Taurus.

What Taurus Year is Most Reliable?

Generations are a good baseline for prediciting reliability, but there will almost always be year-to-year differences. We've calculated a reliability score for each model year within this generation, but we've based that score on how the model year compares to all Ford model years.

Watch out for the 1999 model year which has the highest PainRank™ score in this generation.

Year Complaints Recalls TSBs PainRank (?)
1999 125 7 176 30.33
1998 71 4 191 9.56
1997 98 5 251 21.64
1996 35 8 281 5.88

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