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Ford's Taurus is a roomy and comfortable sedan. But at this point, the car was showing its age, as the design had been around since 1996. Handling isn't particularly nimble, the turning circle is wide, braking is unimpressive and while noise levels are tolerable, it was louder than some competing models.
Alerts
There is 1 recall 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

Ford's Taurus is a roomy and comfortable sedan. But at this point, the car was showing its age, as the design had been around since 1996. Handling isn't particularly nimble, the turning circle is wide, braking is unimpressive and while noise levels are tolerable, it was louder than some competing models.

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 (153 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (201 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2005 Ford Taurus owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

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

Body control module

“Main computer module died, replaced at local service station”

William H., MO (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Not working”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The problem is the back lighting behind the gauges...none of which work. My mechanic said I would need to order a new instrument cluster to repair the problem. More than just a burnt out light bulb”

Anonymous, MO (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“INTERMITANTLY WHEN THE KEY IS TURNED TO START THE CAR. THE WILL SOMETIMES START THEN THE GAUGES WILL MAKE A RAPID 'CLICKING' SOUND FOR ABOUT 15 SECONDS THEN REGISTER AS NORMAL. CAN NOT GET TO REPEAT CONSITENTLY AND HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET A DIGNO”

Anonymous, WI (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Headlights

“The headlights are some of the worst I've experienced, It is unsafe to drive this car at night. Not to mention it's eaten up a few bulbs”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The switch to turn on the dome light no longer works”

Anonymous, MO (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Warning lights

“Check engine light”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Light's on”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“rear window washer/wiper just quit working one day”

Thomas H., NC (2005 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

“battery runs down, doesn't last”

Anonymous, KY (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Electronic ignition

“The module on the engine that feeds the spark plugs went out and had to be replaced”

James Y., VA (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Starter

“The starter wouldn't start the car, I had to get it replaced”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Needed to replace starter and ring gear”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“stopped working”

Anonymous, AL (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“starter went out and needed replacement. It works okay now”

Mark F., CA (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Had to be replaced”

Anonymous, AL (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“We had it replaced by a reputable shop and it lasted less than a month. Told it was the electrical system. Have had electrical problems all along”

Anonymous, WV (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Coil

“Failed after 106000 miles. replaced”

Anonymous, AL (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“pulling away from a stop sign it just quit working”

Anonymous, IN (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“failed to shift above 1st gear”

Charles B., IN (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“The tans went bad at about 110k miles, got a rebuilt trans, which has stated going bad with only 30k miles on it”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“There was no indication of transmission problems. Had driven car in am. went to go out in pm and wouldn't go into gear. Just loose and sloppy. My mechanic checked linkage and was good. Had to replace transmission”

Thomas H., NC (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“slipping”

Jeffrey C., FL (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“tranny rebuild”

Anonymous, IN (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Had transmission rebuilt, shop did a piss poor job, vehicle started acting up after two-year warranty was up. Found out this company had previous problems”

Richard G., SC (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

What Owners Say

“A common problem with these cars is that they become hard to fill up the gas tank. it can take up to 10 minutes to fill the tank. No recall provided”

Nathan F., OK (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“onboard computer needed to be replaced according to the diagnostic computer. The second one was defective. the third one works but cannot be reset to original factory specs. This is due to many changes to emissions by CA ARB as per my mecchanic”

Mark F., CA (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Engine ran rough, stalled sometimes, electrical accessories flickered on/off. Shop told me I needed new PCM (engine computer). 1100 bucks. Ouch!”

Anonymous, GA (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

“manifold gasket”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“engine oil leaks”

Jeffrey C., FL (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“persistent leak from oil pan/rear seal, even though seals replaced”

Anonymous, UT (2005 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

“A/C compressor seized up while driving on the freeway. Car would not shift out of second gear”

Phillip M., IN (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“leak on condenser and air compressor worn out”

Anonymous, SC (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The a/c compressor went out”

Anonymous, AZ (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“when turning on heat in dual controls, it turns on AC. Heat can only be used in certain controls not on all without AC kicking in. It takes a while for heat to come up to temp--ie on short rides. The heating and cooling systems are terrible”

Anonymous, NH (2005 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“The heater stopped working, mechanic stated it was the heater door servo”

Richard G., SC (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“I paid Future Ford to fix my power steering and then they messed up my AC system and tried to tell me that this part was broken so I had to pay them approximately $650 to fix it. Then two days ago I found the problem out was a broken seal which I had”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 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

Ball joints

“Worn out after 140,000 miles. Quickly repaired at a Ford service center”

Anonymous, NC (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Power steering leaks

“Slow leak of fluid in tubing. Developed in last year. Probably will cause replacement of fluid delivery system up to rack and pinon”

Anonymous, GA (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Grinding noises upon turning steering wheel to left. Diagnosed as issue with power steering. Some leakage as well”

Mary-Evelyn L., MT (2005 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Power steering pump is noisy”

Anonymous, KY (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“My suspension was bad and I found out that my recently deceased mother should have had the struts and shocks replaced at 70,000 miles, approximately 40,000 miles ago. So I had to get all new shocks and struts, then my car realigned”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

“Had to replace steering column”

Daniel H., MN (2005 Ford Taurus SE 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

“brake lights on dash kept coming on”

Philip C., MA (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“The rear brakes needed to be replaced at 76000 miles”

Christopher C., MI (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Failure to address sounds and symptoms the vehicle was providing lead to very expensive overhauling of braking system, for both disc and shoe types”

Anonymous, ID (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Slow breaking”

Anonymous, IL (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Considering the car is 10 years old the brake wear was expected and quite normal”

Anonymous, AB (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Routine”

Anonymous, FL (2005 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

“The panels on both sides of the front doors have fallen off. The trim around the bottom of the front passenger door has broken off”

Mary-Evelyn L., MT (2005 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

“paint peeling on the back bumper”

Anonymous, NJ (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“rust around the rear wheel well”

Philip C., MA (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Had to replace the fuel tank. Body rust by the gas cap. Rustproofing was inadequate”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“all four wheel wells required repair rust damage due to winter road salt”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“Going out”

Anonymous, MI (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

“The flex pipe and associated gasket needed to be replaced at 76000 miles”

Christopher C., MI (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“fatigue crack on flex pipe”

Anonymous, MA (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Exhaust manifold

“connector pipe from manifold to catalytic converter rusted out. Needed to have a new one welded in”

Kenneth B., WI (2005 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 in spare tire well”

Edward K., NH (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Leaking water into driver side floor well.. have been unable to identify source of water”

James M., TN (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Related to leak on driver side, only occurs with hard rain”

James M., TN (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Windows no longer keep out wind and road noise”

Anonymous, MO (2005 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

“Gas gauge stopped working - so we used trip odometer as a substitute. But failed emission test due to related (same) issue. Expensive fix that still didn't allow us to pass emission test in our state”

Jerry L., IL (2005 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Fuel cap

“Fuel cap loose comes on, but is not loose. Soon corrects itself”

Richard K., AR (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“As mentioned, it was all related and I am not knowledgeable enough to know which part was which. When we got one part repaired, dealer said that another part always needs to be repaired as well and be reset at dealer. We didn't fix the second part”

Jerry L., IL (2005 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“normal issues at this age/milage”

Joseph B., VA (2005 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

Glass defects

“The rubber molding for the back window keeps falling off”

Anonymous, OR (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

“Tailgate latch stopped working. Latch holding came loose”

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Windows

“Bad windshield seal allows water leakage into interior”

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Taurus Unsure 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

“One of the sparkplug/ignition coils wore out”

Anonymous, KY (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“The linkage between the accelerator and the cruise control became disengaged. It was a simple matter to reconnect it”

Bonnie B., VA (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Transfer case

“rough shifting”

Anonymous, CA (2005 Ford Taurus 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

Cylinder head

“The camshaft position sensor fails on these cars due to a bad design that doesn't properly oil it. The car will start squeaking like a bearing is out in your engine. The part costs just over $100 plus labor if I remember right”

Nathan F., OK (2005 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Head gasket

“Oil was leaking from engine. Gaskets had to be replaced”

Anonymous, NY (2005 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

“gasket leak”

Robert A., PA (2005 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

Radio

“general reception is bad--both on AM and FM”

Anonymous, NH (2005 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

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