Ford Taurus 2003-2005

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Old 04-20-07, 09:15 AM
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Ford Taurus 2003-2005

First off, this isn't a repair problem, but rather a recomendations thread.

I'm thinking about getting a Ford Taurus in the model years 2003 thru 2005 (maybe eariler, depending on milage and condition).

My questions are;

1. How many engines were available?
2. What car lines had the floor shifter, or could it be ordered with any car line?
3. Is there a year, engine, car line etc. to stay away from (more problems that with the others)?

I'm mostly interested in known problems within a model year(s).

Thanks in advance.
 
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Old 04-20-07, 04:04 PM
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some info

The engines came as a 3.0l OHV v6 or a 3.0l OHC v6 the OHC has 24 valves. the 3.0 OHV also came with a flex fuel option so you can run E-85 fuel. Trim level is either a SE or SES. The SES is the higher end trim.
Floor shifters came on the fleet cars. I have the 2000 SES fleet flex fuel Taurus.
Ford had problem trannies up till 99 so any Taurus 99 up has the improved trannie.
 
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Old 04-20-07, 04:32 PM
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My wife has an 03 sable with the cheaper 3.0. 75,000 miles and no problems so far other than a bad fuel pump that died right after the warranty expired.
Like many her's has the column shift, it's my understanding the floor shift was an option.
 
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Thanks for the input.

What I have discovered is there was a 3.0L and a 3.8L and the 3.8 was full of problems. Also according to a service dept. mamager, there was a problem up to 2004 with the 'link pins' (?). They were redesigned in 2005.

As far as the floor shifter, was that a option ANY of the three car lines; LX, SE & SES??

That middle console (non floor shifter), which was either a plastric cup holder/storage compartment/arm rest, or a padded seat (can't imaging anyone sitting there)/storage compartment/armrest, is that removeable with full carpetring underneath?
 
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Old 04-21-07, 03:07 PM
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I would have prefered that my wife's sable had a console instead of the 'mini' middle seat. I don't think it is removable - I can't check as she's not here at the moment. The arm rest folds up and the seat belt is hid under it. While 3 in the front isn't ideal, it does allow for 6 passengers which at times is preferable to having to use 2 cars. I've never personally sat in the middle seat [back seat either ]
 
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I know that 'plastic' cup holder/storage compartment is removeable. I assume the padded half a seat would be also.
 
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If I remember correctly the cup holder console folds up and becomes part of the seat.
 
 

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