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The Taurus tested out reasonably well in 2000. The car is roomy, plus it rides and handles soundly. However, even the upgrade 200-hp engine lacks real punch and isn't particularly frugal. The wagon was one of the few inexpensive seven-passenger vehicles of its time.
Alerts
There are 8 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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NA
Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
NA
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2008. Side air bags available from 2000; side and head protection air bags standard from 2008. ESC available in 2008, standard from 2009.
Road Test

The Taurus tested out reasonably well in 2000. The car is roomy, plus it rides and handles soundly. However, even the upgrade 200-hp engine lacks real punch and isn't particularly frugal. The wagon was one of the few inexpensive seven-passenger vehicles of its time.

Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
wagon
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3-liter V6 (200 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (155 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (153 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2000 Ford Taurus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

“Ford Taurus wear out ball joints and other alignment hardware and need to be replaced every 2-3 years”

Anonymous, VA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

“replace seal”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

“partial warranty work due to rust and corrusion”

Anonymous, NY (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“NEW FRONT STRUTS”

Roger B., FL (2000 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

“not mounted well needed retrofit brackets and noisey”

Anonymous, OH (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“We've had two coil springs break in the last two years”

Peter A., ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Since purchasing the vehicle I've had 5 sets of rear struts installed on the Taurus. The dealer told me "Ford builds lousy parts" for the reason I've gone through so many. On the last set the left rear actually rotted through and broke”

Robert D., CT (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“these seem to wear out quickly”

Jose M., IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Left front spring around strut broke”

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“I replaced the original struts after 260,000 miles”

Anonymous, TX (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

“The front sway bar came loose and made a "thumping" noise. It was repaired but failed again due to a poor repair job by a local mechanic”

Craig M., OR (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“partial warranty work for broken springs due to rust and corrusion”

Anonymous, NY (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“worn out and rusted”

Asko V., IN (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“This Taurus has springs that are not up to standard three out of four springs failed. One failed in such a way that the sharp broken end rotated to within one quarter inch of the tire”

James M., IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Rear spring broken”

James N., MI (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Both plastic sway bar links on front needed replaced”

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

“Some links required replacement”

Anonymous, TN (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Repairs to the steering linkage exceeded $500”

Anonymous, NC (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Front linkage worn out. Replaced. Satisfied. Given the age and mileage, it's amazing it lasted this long”

Anonymous, CO (2000 Ford Taurus Comfort 3.0-L V6)

“Old age & little use”

Anonymous, FL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

“Needed new one”

Anonymous, TN (2000 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Compressor failed spectacularly - smoke”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Replaced the shaft seal, and compressor”

Neil F., UT (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Finding good parts is an issue. We put 3 condensers in before it worked”

Anonymous, NV (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“Climate control was awesome until it broke. Cost too much to fix compressor so just left it”

Joseph N., ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“replacement part not available. no longer mfg”

Tim C., GA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Heater system

“Doesn't heat”

Miguel M., WI (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Heater core replacement. Major repair. Labor extensive, $ 915.20. Totaled out over $1,100”

Anonymous, MI (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“sensor failure”

Anonymous, MA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Heater core seems to plug requiring power flush to get heat to the interior”

Peter A., ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Heater core damper would not close, making temperature control impossible. Not good in early fall. Could've been caused by water leak (electrical short) and corrected itself after about a month”

Anonymous, TX (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“ac problem”

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Refrigerant evaporated. Was replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

“Faulty EGR hoses”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Currently experiencing surging and engine cutoff at idle which I have diagnosed as a defective idle air control valve, but have not replaced it yet”

Ernest Z., DE (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Fuel cap

“The fuel tank filler neck including cap had to be replaced due to rust failure”

Anonymous, ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Check engine light on in cold weather-replaced fuel cap to fix problem”

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Fuel injection system

“One of the fuel injectors stop working and the car began to skip so, we took it in and the diagnoses was a faulty fuel injector. After paying a few hundred dollars for a fuel injector, I told the manager how overpriced the repairs were and never went”

Anonymous, CT (2000 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Fuel pump

“Car stalled while idling at stop sign and unable to restart. Had to be towed by AAA to my ford dealer. Low fuel pressure cause my problem. Replaced fuel pump and sender & OK”

Anonymous, CT (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Trouble starting. Replaced fuel pump, been starting okay since”

F G., IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“needed replacement”

David S., IN (2000 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Trouble starting-replaced fuel pump”

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Fuel gauge has long since stopped working and undependable shortly followed by a fuel pump failure. Replaced fuel pump but gas gauge still inoperative”

Ernest Z., DE (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

“normal wear -- the car has been kept carefully, shouldn't result in loose handles and trim”

Anonymous, ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“Nothing major or minor considering the age of the vehicle. Paint fading is all”

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Top surface of paint fading and chipping off”

Anonymous, ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The hood paint faded and sort of looked like it was rubbing off. After a tree fell on it, we had it repainted. It looks like new!”

Anonymous, MD (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Rust

“Rusting around wheel wells”

Anonymous, ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The outer I-beams under the car are almost totally rusted away.The body along the bottom of the doors is rusting away as well”

William B., NY (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“just keeps growing”

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The engine and mechanics of the car have been very good. The fact that it is rising uncontrollably (I have had several repairs done) means it has become too expensive to maintain. C”

Anonymous, ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Replacing front end springs. Mechanic indicates entire lower suspension is rusted. Car might last another 6 months and then doubts it will be serviceable”

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“Calipers dragged”

Matthew L., NY (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“master cylinder failed with no second pot reserve causing wreck in a driveway”

John M., MD (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Front brake pads h been replaced after 50,000 miles, rear brakes after 55,000. It was a routine replacement for both, before problems occurred”

Robert B., NJ (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“I needed to replace the brakes, it was time. I started hearing the high pitched squeal that indicates wear”

Anonymous, KS (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Normal first time brake service including rotors, brake pads, flush brake fluid”

Anonymous, MN (2000 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

“Replaced pads”

Anonymous, CA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

“brake lines had been fixed before with materials that started leaking so I lost the brakes totally”

Asko V., IN (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Failure of torque converter caused transmission failure requiring an entire rebuild of transmission along with new torque converter”

Anonymous, NJ (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“HAD TO REPLACE TRANSMISSION WITH LESS THAN 55000 MILES ON IT”

Terry B., OH (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“When trying to accelerate from a traffic light the car wouldn't move. A strange noise was coming from under the car. The car needed towed to a repair station where they informed me the transmission would need to be rebuilt. I don't believe this shoul”

James M., IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Universal gear went out”

James N., MI (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“transmission replacement twice in the ford Taurus”

James G., MT (2000 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

“Service Transmission Light has been on approx. 8 years (approx. 80000 miles). Transmission downshifts are rough. Two Ford dealers ran diagnostics that said transmission was not going into overdrive. False, up shifting and overdrive are OK”

Anonymous, TN (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

“SLIPPING TRANSMISSION LED TO A REPLACEMENT OF THE TRANSMISSION”

Terry B., OH (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“transmission leaking and slips in first gear when it gets low. I haven't repaired the leak yet so not sure if transmission has been damaged or only leaking”

Brad D., CA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The air expansion plug on top of the transmission was old and would not function properly. Causing internal air pressure to develop and with no way to escape, the dip stick popped out of the tube, and transmission fluid to spilled onto my driveway”

Robert D., CT (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Car would not move forward without stalling. It was caused by failure of the torque converter clutch solenoid”

Anonymous, CO (2000 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

“Fan belt has been replaced 3 times-extremely noisy”

Anonymous, PA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Fuel leaks

“Leakage around gas tank, gas pump related”

Theodore M., AZ (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“LABOR=$500 PARTS $400 FOR A VARIETY OF SEALS & HOSES”

Anonymous, HI (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Had to change supposedly rusted oil pan”

Juan F., ON (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“iT IS 17 YEARS OLD AND THE CAR IS BEGINNING TO NICKEL AND DIME US TO DEATH”

John M., WA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

“gasoline gage does not work”

Craig M., OR (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“LED indicators failed on temp control gauges”

Tim C., GA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Keyless entry

“2 of the 5 door locks don't reliably operate from either the remote or the driver side lock switch. the cost of repairing this is not worth it to us”

Brad D., CA (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“washer fluid doesn't flow through”

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

“Water leak somewhere around cabin air filter housing. Independent mechanic couldn't find the problem, but rain water will leak into passenger floorboard”

Anonymous, TX (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Drivers door will not close enough to seal. Adjustment all used”

Philip B., TX (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“when heater or defroster turned on I could smell oil fumes inside the car”

Tony H., OH (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Exhaust pipe hanger bracket keeps coming loose”

Philip B., TX (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

“leaks daily but mechanic could not find the leak- says Taurus are know to do this”

David S., IN (2000 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Water pump

“Have had to continuously replace”

Anonymous, MI (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Mirrors

“Left mirror is had to move into place. Rust? Dirt?”

Anonymous, IL (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“mirror has been knocked loose but can still be reset in position”

Anonymous, TN (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Head gasket

“Car was idling very rough. Discovered head gasket failure at auto repair, with antifreeze leaking into cylinders. Cost of remove head, replace gasket, remachine head plus other costs equaled $2300”

Anonymous, MO (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Electrical failure

“Wiring harness from ignition to starter failed”

Cynthia D., AZ (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Spark plugs or wires failure

“Check engine light came on sometimes, two cylinders were missing at worst point”

Theodore M., AZ (2000 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

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