3rd Gen (1996 – 1999) Ford Taurus Problems

The 3rd generation of the Taurus has a cumulative PainRank™ of 16.76. That can be compared against other Ford generations. Shopping for a Ford? You could do worse (but you could also do better).

Owners of the 1996–1999 Taurus model years have sent in 328 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the transmission (31%) followed by the electrical (14%) and the engine (13%).

Comparing Years in This Generation

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 Reliability PainRank (?)
1999 124
29.98
1998 71
9.56
1997 98
21.64
1996 35
5.88

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