Ford Taurus Reviews from Mexico

1996 Ford Taurus GL 3.0 V6 Vulcan

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 3.0 V6 Vulcan Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired127000 miles
Most recent distance150000 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Galant

Summary:

Nice, affordable, roomy and tough. Very, Very happy with it

Faults:

The main problem with this car is the transmission, at about 138000 miles it started to shift on it's own to neutral. If you're at a stop light for more than 30 seconds it neutralizes and it does this mostly on warm days. Some times it does not do it at all. You have to set it in neutral and then back to (D) to drive off. The car is still like this since then, I have not cared to fix or change the transmission yet because other than that little detail everything works just fine, it shifts perfect and drives great.

The engine is great. Even though it has so many miles, it runs like new. It idles very smooth and you can hardly feel the engine on while you're in the driver's seat. It is not very fast, but I found that it does have a nice roaring and groaning sound to it. I added a cold air intake and it made a difference.

Basic maintenance has always been done by me even though not exactly on time like the 3000 mile oil change done at 3500 miles, and small things like that.

I replaced the alternator at about 135000 miles and also the serpentine belt and tensioner.

The suspension is not all that great. Some times you can feel and the little cracks on the road, but it is sturdy. I think I'm going to try getting new shocks for it soon.

The inner tie rods have to be replaced soon. Some times you can here a popping or crackle sound from the front suspension. I lifted it from the front and started to move the tires from side to side and found out that the tie inner tie rods are messed up.

The alignment on this car is great.

I have put this car through hell and back and it still has lots of life in it.

The brakes do tend to wear sooner than expected, but it might be because of the way I drive. I've already changed all 4 2 times in the time that I have had it. Although I have not had to change the rotors.

Some times you have to crank the engine 2 or 3 times to get it to start nut some times it starts at the first crank. I don't know why that is, it has been like this since I got it.

All the work has been done by me so I do tend to save a few bucks by not taking it to the shop. I like to keep my cars clean and reliable.

General Comments:

The car is nice and roomy. Lots of trunk space.

The car handles great. It's not meant to be a fast sports car, but it some times surprises me.

I would recommend this car to any one, but mention the fact that it does require good maintenance. I don't think this car will give up on me any time soon.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2005

1994 Ford Taurus GL 3.0

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired75225 miles
Most recent distance106100 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Very cool family car!!! I love it

Faults:

Well:

The transmission is making some noises.

The transmission is making rough shifts.

When the Air Conditioning in ON the car seems to be a little underpowered.

Cheap Plastic all around.

Front Lenses burns easy with the sun.

But just that.

General Comments:

The car is excellent, very comfortable, super economical (about 28 mpg in city WOW!) for a 6 Cil. And excellent for travel and long trips.

Here in my country we have and quote that said: Nothing is too red to burn and too blue to freeze, so, not all Tauruses are bad. The most common think is the Transmission (I don't get it, but that's Ford's worst mistake) but in resume. Is a great car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd July, 2004

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 2 reviews