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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 are 3 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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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
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
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 2006 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

“not sure= the a/c stopped and then it was hard to steer ,cause of some sort of unhooked pat= main point being, this one and the last 05 ford,both had a/c issues, even the knobs would break, and stupid engine lite would come on for no big reason o”

Connie S., NY (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“AC compressor stopped cooling but showed fully charged with coolant”

Walter M., OK (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“air conditioner is not blowing cool air”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“I was not impressed with this car, the air was ok however I had a Mercury Cougar 1995 before with climate control, I liked it best”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Had to get compressor replaced”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Due to major noises and rattles, which were due to a failed A/C compressor, the entire system was replaced. A costly repair”

Marie-Anne D., WA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

“ford does not have good system in their Taurus models, 2 cars we had and 2cars a/c stunk, plus system is hooked up with steering pump ,somehow and when it's too costly to fix and things are unhooked you have steering problems and blow you fluid”

Connie S., NY (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Blower (fan) motor

“Heater/AC only seems to work on high setting and is very loud”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“The interior heat exchanger is the lowest part of the heating system and all of the gunk collects and blocks the heater. A flush doesn't work due to the low position. We had to replace the whole core which requires dash removal”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

“this spring, the A/C stopped working and had to re-charge. costing $120”

Yueqian Z., PA (2006 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

“One of the rear side panels came loose for no apparent reason”

Anonymous, UT (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

“passenger door interior panel fell off; won't stay on with new glue application”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Door panels fell off and door seal mouldings fell off”

John K., NJ (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“paint bubbled and began chipping after a cold weather spell”

Neil M., NC (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“The paint chips were a considerable size when they fell off and once the metal was exposed it started ti rust. It is a mess now. I am looking for a good used Nissan Murano 2012 or 2013”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“PAINT STARTED TO PEEL FROM THE LEFT REAR WHEEL OPENING WHERE IT MEETS THE BUMPER”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Undercarriage has significant rust Exterior does not show much rust at all”

Ron B., IL (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Standard Ford Rust. Most Ford products with any age, both cars and trucks, rust. The paint you can keep clean and wax but rust from the fender wells starts from the inside out”

Anonymous, IA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“LEFT ROCKER PANEL IS RUSTING THROUGH AT THE REAR UNDER THE PLASTIC MOULDING”

Anonymous, ON (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“Exhaust pipe from engine to converter (all one piece) broke off allowing the converter to fall down and scrape on the road. Leaving me stranded, had to crawl under car and tie up the converter and limp into a garage. Very expensive not covered !”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Engine operates roughly at idile”

David H., MA (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“3 Emissions Test failures. Cannot fix catalytic converter problems. Check engine light is consistently lit. Due to costs that are much higher than the actual blue book value of the car”

Marie-Anne D., WA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

“The "flex pipe" connecting the exhaust manifold to the exhaust pipe developed a leak”

B K., IL (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The flex pipe wore out”

Robert P., WI (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Muffler

“Yjr usual replacement after wear due to driving in winter iae, rough roads, etc”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Pipes

“Developed hole in pipe from catalytic converter to muffler - had pip replaced”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The pipe system was iriginal and very long lasting”

Anonymous, IL (2006 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

Alternator

“Always a problem”

Gerald C., PA (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“after 135,000 miles, the alternator failed and had to be replaced”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Humming noise for several months. Ford dealership could not find the problem. Diagnosed it as idler and tension pulley problems, replaced those. Car quit functioning while driving later. Alternator replaced by another repair shop. Humming stopped”

Anonymous, SD (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Battery kept discharging. Went thru 2 of them. Repair guy said electrical problem. With the last new battery purchased, has run all right”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“I have had to replace the coil twice in just less than a 1 year period between April 2014 and April 2015”

Michelle W., MA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“I replaced the starter ,twice , in the last twelve months. The cost associated accessed, to me, by the Ford Dealership, for labor was $75 more that the total by a independent service”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Starter failed, fairly unusual malfunction. In 40 years I never had this issue with any other car”

E L., PA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The starter had to be replaced between the 2 times I have had replace the coil. The cost associated with this starter replacement was over $379.00, parts and labor”

Michelle W., MA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 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

“Power steering pump began leaking. Had it replaced”

Luke S., CA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“leaked fluid”

Edward M., VA (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

“The struts wore out and were making a lot of noise and causing uneven tire wear. The mechanic said they lasted longer than might be expected”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Needed new shocks and struts”

Anonymous, CT (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“alignment was off because struts were worn out that caused uneven tire wear so tires were replaced too”

Stuart R., WA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Replaced all struts and tires 3 years ago. Recent visit for shop work pointed out bad tire wear on inside tread and diagnosis of worn struts. I bought better than average struts and question this result. I feel there are other and expensive problems surfacing. Road noise is high with much vibration in the steering at higher speeds. Additionally, there is much vibration in the braking system when quick stopping /slowing is necessary”

James B., CT (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“needed replacement”

Edward M., VA (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“I was told that it was a issue with this year Taurus”

Robert P., WI (2006 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

“Humming noise heard for several months. Ford dealer diagnosed problem as idler & tension pulleys. Replaced those, humming remained. Replaced alternator, humming stopped”

Anonymous, SD (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Engine warning light. Replaced cam position sensor”

Anonymous, TX (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“I had to replace the engine computer twice, in the last year. The second time I had pay $750, because the replacement, Ford supplied, had only a 90 warrenty”

Anonymous, OH (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“The check engine light flashing. code p0300 Have to reset. Happened three times in a 6 mo time. Last time, light went off by itself”

Anonymous, CA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Oil leaks

“Have repaired valve cover gasket leaks and intake manifold leaks twice”

D H., AZ (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The power train had four leaks”

Anonymous, UT (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“oil pan gasket leak”

Anonymous, SD (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

“same transmission as ford windstar same torque converter was recalled for windstar not taurus”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

“slipping”

Neil M., NC (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Transmission failure”

Anonymous, MD (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Transmission slipped and had to be rebuilt for $3000”

Dave M., MO (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“Trans stopped working. Had rebuilt”

Anonymous, MI (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“It was slipping in first gear and had to have it rebuilt”

Wayne S., CA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“Three transmission failures that required rebuilds”

Anonymous, FL (2006 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

“normal wear. squeaking”

C D., IN (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Master cylinder

“Had to replace the Master Cylinder and brake line at only 142000 miles”

Randall R., CO (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“All of these repairs were for normal wear for a car with 50000 miles”

Charles D., IN (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Had brake pads replace and rotors turned last year. Most recent problem was rust through of rear brakeline that required replacement. Not unexpected in 9year old car in NY State”

Todd S., NY (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

“BOTH BRAKE LINES RUSTED OUT AND FAILED. LOST MOST ALL BRAKE FLUID. LUCKY WAS ABLE TO STOP”

Gerald C., PA (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 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

Transmission leaks

“The line for the transmission fluid was leaking. It had to be replaced”

Michael P., WI (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

“Seal leak”

Anonymous, CO (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“IT LEAKED AND I HAD TO HAVE IT REPAIRED 3 TIMES. THE MECHANIC DID NOT TIGHTEN THE SCREW”

Darlene H., FL (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)

“The transmission leak was worked on twice”

John B., MO (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

“Check Trans light comes on code says its slipping but when driving it doesn't feel like it is slipping ever”

D H., AZ (2006 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

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

“There's something wrong with the security system that doesn't allow the car to start. It's been to repair shop, but they say it's something that Ford will have to fix so have to go to Ford Dealer for diagnositc/repair”

Anonymous, NY (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The switch that controls the alarm system in the driver's door went bad, causing the car to false-alarm and drain the battery. EXTREMELY frustrating. Repairs (at Ford dealer) cost $125 for diagnostic and $25 for parts. To make matters worse, deale”

Dave M., MO (2006 Ford Taurus SEL 3.0-L V6)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

“center brake light assembly had to be replaced”

Anonymous, VA (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Wiper motor or washer

“Wiper motor very weak. very little pressure to spray liquids onto windshield”

Randall R., CO (2006 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

“Water leak dripped water on front seat passenger's foot area when it rained. Repair was to reseal windshield”

Anonymous, SD (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“When it rains, water leaks in on the floor of the front seat passenger side. Besides getting the carpet wet this leak is probably what caused the heating and air conditioning blower motor to fail. One body shop removed and resealed the windshield, but that did not fix the problem. The car still leaks”

Mike W., IN (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“I just recently experienced weather-stripping on the doors loosening or becoming detached from a rear door The rivets holding the weather-stripping failed, probably due to age!”

James B., CT (2006 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

“Engine dash light indicated a P0430 code failure-Catalytic converter problem. Replaced plugs, plug wires and O2 sensor. Light went out on dash”

Paul B., FL (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)
Fuel injection system

“A dash light came on. I checked the manual. I went to the shop. Had to have service on that system, replaced some parts, cost about $900. No trouble since”

Anonymous, FL (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“A throttle position sensor code appeared. P1120. during a long distance driving, then disappeared after 10 days”

Yueqian Z., PA (2006 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

Locks and latches

“driver door won't latch in some cold weather-intermittent”

Anonymous, IL (2006 Ford Taurus SE 3.0-L V6)

“The hinges on both the window and the hatch failed and became misaligned with the locks. We luckily fixed it before the door permanently locked itself as they tend to do”

Anonymous, PA (2006 Ford Taurus Unsure 3.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

Drive System

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

Engine Major

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

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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