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The Taurus tested out reasonably well. 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 10 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 (sec.) 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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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?
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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. 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, 2 third
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)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2001 Ford Taurus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

“The air compressor is leaking coolant”

Christopher A., OH (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“difficult to recharge effectively for air conditioning - I finally just let it go”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“needed new compressor”

SUSn W., TX (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“would not blow cold air”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“had to replace a/c compressor”

Anonymous, TX (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“A/C compressor clutch has become very noisy, likely to fail soon”

Anonymous, OK (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“a/c compressor burned out”

Anonymous, GA (2001 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“Valve that Controls heat and cooling into cabin failed”

Ken M., CA (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“blower motor made an annoying high-pitched noise”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“siezed up -- probably bearing failure”

Anonymous, WA (2001 Ford Taurus)

“Plugged up. No heat”

Marv S., CA (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“No heat for 3 years. Can't find solution”

Anonymous, TN (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Valve in heater control system broke. The only way to fix it requires pulling the dash. This triples the cost to fix the valve to $1500. This is a ridiculous design mistake”

Anonymous, AZ (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“heater does not work”

Anonymous, TX (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“only cold air comes from heater”

Thomas S., OK (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“Coolant leaks were severe, requiring seal replacement within the engine compartment”

Christopher A., OH (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Refrigerant leak from timing gasket. Trying can of stop leak since repair cost would be $675”

John E., IN (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Constant leaks, losing cooling ability. Not fun in the South !”

Anonymous, GA (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Won't hold a charge from year to year”

Andrew G., KS (2001 Ford Taurus)
Evaporator

“It had a leak”

Anonymous, MI (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“replaced engine mounts”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“when i had it smogged in mid-'14 they told me one of the motor mounts was broken. that's why it kinda slams into gear first thing in the morning. Workaround: shift from park into neutral, then into reverse/drive. i'm skeduled to get that repaired nex”

Lynn E., CA (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“My mechanic mentioned that there is significant oil leak. It would cost about $1000:00 to repair. Thus far I have just been using a try under the area of the leak, which would make quite a mess if I didn't do that. I am considering fixing the leak as the car runs very well otherwise”

Shirley H., AK (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“I'm going through a quart of oil every 500 - 600 miles”

Anonymous, MD (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Oil pan gasket leaked”

Anonymous, CT (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Very slow oil leaks which I have not had repaired”

Anonymous, OR (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“In the past 4years I've replace the oil pan seal 3x”

Craig W., WA (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Examined car on lift prior to purchase. Found engine was leaking coolant. Dealer discounted price and I used my repair shop to fix leak. Now, 5 years later, engine leaks oil. Possibly because of piston ring blow by from worn rings”

Anonymous, AL (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“multiple leaks around radiator”

Anonymous, ID (2001 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Accessory belts or pulleys

“idler pulley failure - noise”

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Engine computer

“The master engine control system modual had to be replaced $900”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

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

“There is something wrong with front end, have had problems for many years and had lots of fixes they only last a year or so. Need to get alignment done regular this helps”

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

“The power steering all of a sudden stopped working. When I opened the hood the power steering fluid was bubbling out of the reservoir”

Jerrold L., TX (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Kept running low on power steering fluid. Air would get in the system. Solved the problem by adding Lucas Power Steering Stop Leak. About half of that, and half regular fluid. Overall fluid is much thicker, and I'm assuming it reconditioned some seals and closed some gaps”

Adam H., FL (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Power steering rack had to be replaced due to leaking fluid”

Anonymous, CT (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Crack in power steering component causing slight leak which drips on exhaust manifold. $500 estimate to fix”

Ed J., MN (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“They were worn out and the front end was out of alignment, leading to uneven tire wear”

Michael H., CA (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“the strut broke”

Anonymous, NE (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“All four needed to be changed to be changed. Rear were too massive a job to change ( remove rear interior deck to get to strut. Engine mounts needed changing. Top mounts simple, bottom ones required lifting engine”

William D., FL (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“springs broke”

Richard H., NE (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“broken rear spring”

Anonymous, OH (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“had to replace steering linkage”

Anonymous, OH (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

“The paint on this car looks like new. It's white. But, patches of paint is peeling off the hood and the hood only. Estimates to strip and repaint the hood is $500 and $700. The paint on the rest of the car is perfect. Apparently the hood was not properly prepared for painting in 2001”

William M., CA (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Paint started peeling off rear trunk lid in pieces and could not be stopped”

William D., FL (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Paint peeled from rusted out wheel well openings”

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The hood and top of the car's clear coat is peeling”

Anonymous, NM (2001 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“A little body rust on left rear quarter around wheel well”

John E., IN (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Rear wheel well openings rusted through both sides at appx. 150,000 miles”

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“rust around wheel wells, rocker panels, floor panels”

Mary N., OH (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Looking at other 2001 models the rust problem is prevelant in the North east”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“rust ate away the rocker panel...dropped off the car, Rust on left wheel well eating away metal”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 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

Fuel pump

“car would intermittently fail to start and shop could not duplicate error on several occasions. bought new battery and that seemed to take care of the problem for a little while. then when problem persisted my shop investigated further and found that the fuel pump needed replacing. no problems starting since”

Fred K., MN (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“fuel pump located in gas tank. Very expensive replacement cost!”

Richard K., MT (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Starter motor would crank but car would not start”

Donald B., TX (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Fuel Pump Failed”

Mitchell B., NJ (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Elbow for fuel input got a hole in it”

Anonymous, KS (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“worked intermittantly”

William K., PA (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)
Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“had to have egr system cleaned”

Anonymous, GA (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 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

“Did not release properly, resulting in drag”

Michael M., ON (2001 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Master cylinder leaked all the break fluid out”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Brake fluid leak at the connection. Easily repaired”

Anonymous, PA (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

“I noticed an intermittent growling sound but couldn't tell where it was coming from in the car. It got worse on rough, course pavement. Stepping on the brakes sometimes caused pulsing in the pedal. I took it to a mechanic I trust and found that the rear brakes were very worn and one of the wheel bearing was failing - hence the growling. Had to replace all parts of the rear brakes. Cost was around $570”

James R., NM (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“reset brake pedal”

Anonymous, SC (2001 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

“Brake lines rusted - would not pass inspection”

Anonymous, ME (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 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

“Lights behind gauges are going out. Accessibility to these lights is extremely difficult”

Richard H., NE (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“The red brake system warning light has come on and stays on, even though the fluid levels are ok and braking works fine. However, because of that, I am more apt to take off without releasing the parking brake, causing premature read pad wear”

Anonymous, MD (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“sometimes plugs up; hose became detached;”

Anonymous, NY (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The plastic tube connecting the washer pump to the spray nozzles on the hood has broken multiple times”

Anonymous, TX (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Open door sensors are not reliable, light will be on when doors are closed. Seatbelt sensors are not reliable, will be on when they are fastened or off when they are not”

Anonymous, ID (2001 Ford Taurus Unsure 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

“Keeping batteries in this car is hard, they last about 2 yrs. and you throw the junk away. Fords electrical system needs improvement, engine controls, ECU's, switches, wiring. I would hope these engineers could solve corrosion”

Ralph B., IL (2001 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)
Coil

“Ignition coil went out causing the engine to misfire”

Jeff C., AR (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“I had to go to three Ford dealers before getting one competent to find and fix problem”

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Spark plugs fuel fouled to point engine would not start. Replaced plugs, coil and wires. Ran great for a week did it again. Replaced plugs did it again. Used Motorcraft parts. Replaced injectors ran even better, did it again in a week. Checked compre”

Harold D., TX (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Starter

“Replaced starter and alternator. Also replaced cam shaft synchronizer (2'nd time) and had engine mounts replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

“overflow tank failure - cracked/leaked”

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Engine over heated. Eventually found service did not include new coolant. Engine had a build up of sludge in the coolant system. Have had to boil system out four times, replaced the heads once. Now we do not get much warm air out of the heater. Can not afford to have the heater core replaced. Will purchase a rental return this spring/summer”

Marv S., CA (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Radiator was not flushed regularly after move to FL. This resulted in failure of heater to work and head gasket to go. Told to replace by mechanics. Can't find CRs Used Car Buying Guide to buy 1st used car in 35 years!!!!”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Water Pump Leaked coolant ran out engine overheated”

Mitchell B., NJ (2001 Ford Taurus SE 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

Gear selector or linkage

“I replaced the Shift Cable!”

William G., NJ (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)
Slipping transmission

“when driving on an incline or decline the tranny has a minor slip. shop could not duplicate so we are living with the situation until it gets worse”

Fred K., MN (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Was advised a new transmission was in my near future or time for a new car”

Anonymous, IL (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Traansmission pan gasket leaked”

Anonymous, CT (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 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

Squeaks or rattles

“Rattle coming from the front end/driver's side. Rattles when on a rough road. Has only been doing this recently”

Anonymous, UT (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)

“Rattles in front on rough roads”

Ed J., MN (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“At 96000 miles it us not unusual or surprising to have a cooling system leak. I would not fault the manufacturer on this matter since I have had excellent service from this vehicle”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

“Rear door seal was loose when purchased. Has not been fixed”

Anonymous, AL (2001 Ford Taurus SEL 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

Windows

“Windows wouldn't open or close”

Anonymous, IL (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Windshield molding came loose, causing significant water leaks during rain”

Anonymous, FL (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

“Need to be replaced”

Anonymous, NC (2001 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Ford just cannot make a good transmission”

Ralph B., IL (2001 Ford Taurus LX 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

“manifold has leaks”

Anonymous, AZ (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Catalytic converter

“Mechanic thought it was transmission, but it was the converter. Most expensive”

Anonymous, TN (2001 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

“The head gasket began seeping water at the 100,000 mile mark. I don't believe that it should be faulty that early”

David J., IN (2001 Ford Taurus SES 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

Transfer case

“Drive chain. Water pump”

Anonymous, IN (2001 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

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.

What Owners Say

Display screen difficult to see

“This happened after engine repair was done. Seemed to have been electrical. The garage was able to partially repair it but now when the I have the headlight on the light on the radio goes out. I hesitate to try to fix that as something else may then have a problem”

Shirley H., AK (2001 Ford Taurus SES 3.0-L V6)
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