1994 Ford Taurus GL 3.0 Vulcan
Minor bearings on the engine drive belt.
Oil pan gasket leaks.
This was my first car out of high school. My parents went with me to test drive; it was quiet, with a smooth engine, and the automatic transmission shifted good. With that being said, we felt it was worth the $1400 dollars they were asking for it. It was 10 years old with 139000 miles. We took it to a mechanic for a check and it needed an alternator and water pump right away (but showed no sign of issues). The car drove and ran well.
The Vulcan engine was a quiet, smooth running engine. It provided decent low RPM power up to about 75 mph; any faster than that, it would seem to struggle. This was an older pushrod engine (not designed for high speed) but was reliable. The AXOD E auto trans shifted SMOOTH. I remember reading complaints on how this was a bad transmission, but mine seemed to run well.
At 160000 I took it to my mechanic to have the trans fluid changed as regular maintenance; he said it looked like original tranny to him and that someone had maintained the tranny well (the old fluid looked decent).
A/C compressor was junk; never worked and never fixed.
Drove it to 184000, when fluids began to leak out of radiator and engine oil. Auto tranny began to slip just a bit (sometimes) even with clean fluid. Vulcan engine was still quiet and smooth. Sold it for 500 to a kid down the street. He would pass me in it driving it hard (near 90 mph) down the highway for 6 months. He was smart enough to fix the oil leaks, but after 6 months the tranny went out according to him.
Good car for the money. It's a cheap car, but you get what you pay for.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 4th June, 2017