Am thinking of buying 02 Taurus SES. Any warnings on this model. Car has
32,000 on it. Did this model have timing belt or chain. Have these later
model Taurus's been reliable? Any info or advice appreciated-----Thanks
Earlier models had transmission problems. I think this has been pretty much
remedied in the 4F55E aka AX4N.
It'll have one of 3 different 3.0 liter engines. They all use timing
chains. The Vulcan, which is an older-style pushrod type engine. It's been
around a LONG time and is durable. It's not particularly powerful though.
The Flex-Fuel is a Vulcan that's been tuned to be able to use E-85, a mostly
ethanol blend. It will use either regular gas or E-85 so it's really no big
The Duratec is the newest and most powerful of the three. It features a
double overhead cam (DOHC) design and has 200hp/200ft/lbs of torque. It
also has proven to be a reliable engine. They've been in use since 1996 in
Tauruses and are also found in Escapes and a few Mazdas, including their MPV
If you want 4 wheel disc brakes, you have to get a wagon. They weren't even
available on sedans. The disc/drums on the sedan come with ABS too though,
and they seem to work well.
Correction: DOHC stands for Dual Overhead Cam. The Taurus Duratec engine is
a 24 valve 3.0 V6 engine which is very reliable. The Jaguar X-Type has the
same engine built on the same block, but it has 40 more horsepower than the
Taurus Duratec engine. (I am an owner of a 2002 Taurus SEL Premium.)
Mine has the Vulcan engine whitch I think you will find in most of the
Taurus out there. Its no race car but it does give a good MPG and the
power is enough for most people.
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