$2,724 - $4,083
Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range

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Kelly Blue Book® Fair Market Range
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SE Key Features & Specs

Kelley Blue Book Value®
$2,724 - $4,083
New Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
19-20 City / 27 HWY

Mechanical Features

  • 3.0L SOHC SMPI 12-valve V6 Vulcan engine
  • Engine block heater *STD on retail vehicles only in AK, MN, ND, SD, MT, WI & WY. Optional on fleet vehicles*
  • 4-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • Front wheel drive
  • 58-amp/hr low-maintenance battery w/battery saver
  • 130-amp alternator
  • Independent MacPherson strut front suspension-inc: strut-mounted coil spring, lower control arm, cast knuckle w/integral ball joints
  • Independent MacPherson strut rear suspension-inc: strut-mounted coil spring, tension strut, parallel control arms, cast spindle w/forged stem
  • Independent SLA rear suspension-inc: variable rate spring on lower arm, tension strut, upper control arms, cast spindle w/forged stem
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • P215/60R16 all-season tires
  • 16" steel wheels w/deluxe wheel covers
  • Mini spare tire
  • Pwr rack & pinion steering w/variable assist
  • Pwr front disc/rear drum brakes
  • Pwr 4-wheel disc brakes
  • 18.0 gallon fuel tank

Exterior Features

  • Luggage rack w/adjustable crossbars
  • Front/rear color-keyed bumpers
  • Color-keyed body-side protection moldings
  • Black rocker panel moldings
  • Color-keyed front/rear fascias
  • Multi-reflector halogen headlamps
  • Solar-tinted glass
  • Black pwr mirrors
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers w/washer

Interior Features

  • Front cloth bench seat-inc: dual recliners, center console, armrest, map pockets, 2-way head restraints
  • Fixed rear seatback
  • 60/40 split-fold rear seat
  • 3rd row seat
  • Color-keyed carpeting w/integral driver footrest
  • Front/rear floor mats
  • Tilt steering column
  • Color-keyed 4-spoke soft grip steering wheel
  • SecuriLock/immobilizer anti-theft system
  • Gauges-inc: temp, fuel, trip odometer, million mile odometer, tachometer, 120-mph electronic speedometer, message center, low brake fluid
  • Warning lights-inc: airbags, door ajar, battery, oil pressure, service engine soon, seat belt reminder, low fuel
  • Pwr windows
  • Pwr door locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Speed control
  • Air conditioning
  • Rear floor heat ducts
  • Rear window defroster
  • ETR AM/FM stereo w/cassette-inc: (4) speakers, digital clock
  • Fixed whip antenna
  • Pwr antenna
  • Center console w/cupholders, storage
  • Dual auxiliary pwr points
  • Front ashtray
  • Day/night rearview mirror
  • Cloth-covered sun visors w/covered vanity mirrors
  • Driver/passenger side rear grab handles
  • Light group-inc: map, dual-beam reading & dome
  • Delay-off dome lamp
  • Front door/ashtray/luggage compartment courtesy lights
  • Cargo cover
  • Trunk grocery bag hooks

Safety Features

  • Personal safety system-inc: electronic crash severity sensor, driver seat position sensor, restraint control module
  • Driver & front passenger Second Generation dual stage air bags w/passenger air bag disable indicator
  • Driver/front passenger safety belts-inc: belt pretensioners, height adjustable D-rings, outboard safety belt usage sensor
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) System on rear outboard seat locations
  • Child safety rear door locks
  • Fuel shutoff switch deactivates fuel pump upon rear impact
  • Emergency inside trunk release
  • Side door high strength intrusion beams
  • Front/rear crumple zones

2005 Ford Taurus Owner Reviews

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Good for first car or something temporary until you get your permanent/dream car.

2005 Ford Taurus SE

The car comes with a tape deck, no CD player but you can get a tape player aux cord and play music on your phone. There's a middle seat in the front row of the vehicle so you can seat 6 people. The backseat seat belts have child safety restraint locking features. The front seat does not have the handles at the top that you can grab onto but the back seat does. The trunk does not have a stick to keep it up and it often falls down. The headlights are not that bright unless you have your brights on. Three cup holders in the front seat.

- Devin M

Transmission problem Taurus is my plain Jane

2005 Ford Taurus SE

I have a 2005 ford Taurus. It is very plain. It doesn't have anything too fancy. It is a starter car. The transmission went out at 200,000 miles. which this model is notorious for,. We changed transmission and it's now at 250,000 miles and going strong. It has been very reliable. It has gotten me everywhere I need to go. It isn't very comfortable. But the size of the inside is pretty good for a sedan. There aren't any feature I can think of that I love. Like I said very plain, not much of a looker but a good starter car.

- allie D

I really enjoy that it says how many miles until empty.

2005 Ford Taurus SE

My 2005 Ford Taurus is not the prettiest vehicle but it gets the job done. The interior is very nice and it is extremely roomy. The trunk is also very spacious. Taurus' drive very smoothly. I'm at about 331,000 miles and it is still running fairly well. It randomly turns off sometimes while turning but it always starts back up immediately. It also over revs when in first gear. It idles at 25 when first started. I love that it displays how many miles to empty.

- Kelsey P

An interesting detail about this vehicle is how long and heavy it is.

2005 Ford Taurus SE

This car seems to have never-ending problems. The mileage is not very high and it is regularly taken in for maintenance and upkeep but continues to fall short of expectations. At this point, it would be much more cost-effective to sell the car and buy a different one that's olde or with more miles because I would be saving money on repairs. I personally would not recommend a Ford from the early 2000's to anyone.

- Samantha R

Keeps on going. . Very well built ford

2005 Ford Taurus SE

Just getting old it is a wonderful car. Struts need to be replaced. Transmission went out around 159000 miles. This car has never left me stranded. Very well built vehicle. Would recommend for someone who wants a back and forth to work car. Power steering air power locks and windows. Color interior. Roomy inside. Large trunk space .

- Mary A

Some Issues But Overall a Reliable Car

2005 Ford Taurus SE

Since my car was made in 2005, some issues have arisen over the years. The ignition switch broke, and I had to have the steering column replaced. The air conditioner went out one time but is fixed now. Over the years, though, it has been fairly reliable. It has its quirks, but it was affordable in 2005 and has served me well since then.

- Julia M

Great for a teens first car.

2005 Ford Taurus SE

I would say it is very reliable. It's almost at 2 hundred thousand miles and has had barely any problems. With it came with an aux feature but then again it's a 2005 and has had its life. It comfortably fits four people and is ok with five. The seats are fabric so they are not burning my skin when out in the sun all day unlike leather.

- Megan G

The vehicle has a lot of space on the inside.. It is great on the highway.

2005 Ford Taurus SE

I do not like that I do not have an aux to listen to music but the car has been very reliable since I have bought it. As long as you keep the maintenance on the car checked it is a good car to have. I have had to replace small minor things but the engine and transmission have been good on the car considering the age and wear and tear.

- Troy C

Ok car but I wouldn't buy it again unless it was really cheap.

2005 Ford Taurus SE

It has a bad habit of going through radiators and the air conditioning doesn't work half the time. It does get decent gas mileage for the miles it has. It has comfortable seats and a lot of legroom. It would be really nice if it had a CD player. It is an okay car but I wouldn't buy one again unless it was really cheap.

- Tanya A

Old but durable and reliable.

2005 Ford Taurus SE

Though it may be due to age, when I fill the gas tank of the car, the smell gasoline heavily permeates the air for the rest of the day. Also, the gas mileage per gallon could be better. The engine could also be quieter. However, after all these grievances, the car still runs very well and is quite reliable.

- Alvin D

Great reliable first car! Drive worry free!

2005 Ford Taurus SE

I love my Taurus! I've had it for 14 years. No major problems. Very reliable. I bought it when I was just starting a family. Plenty of legroom. Pay attention to the rear wheel cover of the body. Known rust issues along with the bumper. Water might gather. Easy to keep in check if you know what to watch for.

- Wendy G

Reliable Vehicle, minimal issues and concerns

2005 Ford Taurus SE

The vehicle is reliable but uses a lot of gas. The car uses gas quickly and does not burn fuel efficiently. However, the vehicle drives well and does not have major operation issues. The inside is rather compact, but spacious enough for children in the back seat. The car seems very low to the ground.

- Anita G

Family friendly and great for long trips

2005 Ford Taurus SE

Super reliable. Just keep the oil changed and good tires and it's been a godsend. Really safe as well, good for people with little ones. It's spacious, and gets around 19-22 mpg for me. I've had a couple little accidents (someone backing into things, etc) and they did nothing but scratch the finish.

- Allison S

Older but reliable for what I paid for the car

2005 Ford Taurus SE

Works good engine but electronics go out easy. Like window switch. Seat button. Window on drivers side don't roll down anymore unless you open the door. Got to keep the oil changed or it will start getting hot quick. Its older so it's starting to use oil. Have to keep a good eye on the fluids .

- Kevin D

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2005 Ford Taurus SE

My car runs great. Recently however my transmission light comes on while on the freeway, and I think it is due to it overheating. My engine light is also always on now with no real reason for it. The bottom rusted out and so there are holes in the floorboard. Overall though it is a solid car.

- Marisa P

My ford Taurus was a government car.

2005 Ford Taurus SE

The biggest problem is it rust easy. Performance is good, it is reliable. I love the console/armrest for storage and it has two cigarette plugins for to charge my phones. The pockets behind the front driver and passenger seat has two pockets to store my coupons and extra papers in.

- Beverly W

Reliable but lacks features

2005 Ford Taurus SE

Can carry 5 people with the accurate space. They heat controls, but hate the tape player and the CD player in the Armrest. Hate the cloth floor mats. The radio has okay reception. Only windows with the automatic windows. Pretty good on gas, but the radiator is not working.

- Jasmine R

The interior is pretty decent.

2005 Ford Taurus SE

This vehicle is good for what it is good for. I really wish it came with an aux input but I understand the much of the older cars come without. The interior design and very neat, clean, and sleek. I am pretty short myself so I love the size of the steering wheel and dashboard.

- Dana L

Ford Taurus is comfortable and safe

2005 Ford Taurus SE

Very reliable it's got 200,00 miles and I've only just now had to replace my first part (the starter). Very roomy and comfortable to drive, safe too! I have two children, one eighteen month old and a five week old and I feel completely comfortable driving around with them both

- Savanna B

My used police cruiser and it is issues.

2005 Ford Taurus SE

It needs a new air conditioning compressor. And new shocks but the car is very reliable so far considering it is a retired police car. It does however have a lot of power and can really scoot when I need it to. It also just needs a little TLC and it will be straight again.

- Joseph A

And interested detail about this car is that it's good on gas

2005 Ford Taurus SE

Usually the air is the first thing to give up on you but overall it is a good driving car. I drive it every day. It is good on gas as well. Also the brakes are usually the next thing. Batteries aren't expensive for this car either. I love it. Gets me where I need to go

- Charlotte N

It's a good car all the way and very easy to maintain

2005 Ford Taurus SE

Very dependable vehicle and very cheap to maintain. Parts are very cheap.. easy to clean. Only flaw is the center console i4 tends to eat any and everything I bought this car a while back and have had no major problems with it yet. Very basic and easy to maintain it

- Taylor M

Fixable Champagne Dependable Taurus

2005 Ford Taurus SE

My transmission is going it but it's in the process of being fixed other than that it ribs hos and had great mileage. The inside are a cream color and have been shampooed. There is mp3 custom detail done to I everything is ifactory given. It is also very dependable

- Derek P

Tan, small car 2005 make falling apart

2005 Ford Taurus SE

The mileage is pretty bad, the air conditioning doesn't work. It has been unreliable in the winter, and has needed a lot of work done on it since we bought it from my grandparents. I've been saving for a new car and I'm really excited to get it when the time comes.

- Lexie F

My car runs like a champ!

2005 Ford Taurus SE

My car is old but almost everything up under the hood is new so I love my car because it is reliable & runs good without a doubt! I know I can trust my car. I do need to get a tune up on it though. It has automatic locks with anti theft on it with CD player and.

- Tina J

I love my vehicles and wouldn't trade them at all

2005 Ford Taurus SE

I haven't had any problems or issues out of my car since I've had it. The only work I have done to it is brakes oil changes and tune ups no major issues. My seats are comfortable I changed out the radio and put a TV in it and I also added 2 speakers in the trunk

- Marissa C

Sunroof for a nice breeze while driving, fog lights really helps to see.

2005 Ford Taurus SE

I would but this again. It rides nice and handles very well.. Does great in the snow never got stuck. Transmission and front end required repairs. Common for this vehicle but worth it. I am bought this with 22,000 miles on it so I am basically the only owner.

- Michelle C

I love my car and the way it handles.

2005 Ford Taurus SE

This car is reliable and comfortable. It has great mileage and a fantastic spots look. I am the 4th owner and it has 96k miles. Having a regular maintenance plus using synthetic oil extends the life of the car. I expect to have this car for a long time.

- Jorge M

This is why I like my Ford Taurus

2005 Ford Taurus SE

Even after all these years still rides very smooth. Decent gas mileage even in the city. Very roomy great for long trips. Great noise reduction for a very quiet ride. Easy access for maintenance . Lots of trunk space so it is great for long road trips

- Michael M

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